Chapter three

To remove Arjuna’s confusion about whether he should fight or not, Krishna says this: ‘I have already told you that, in this world, aspirants may find enlightenment by two different paths. For the contemplative is the path of knowledge: for the active is the path of selfless action. Freedom from activity is never achieved by abstaining from action. Nobody can become perfect by merely ceasing to act. In fact, nobody can ever rest from his activity even for a moment. All are helplessly forced to act by the gunas. A man who renounces certain physical actions but still lets his mind dwell on the objects of his sensual desire, is deceiving himself. he can only be called a hypocrite. The truly admirable man controls his senses by the power of his will. All his actions are disinterested. all are directed along the path to union with Brahman. Activity is better than inertia. Act, but with self-control. if you are lazy, you cannot even sustain your own body. Perform every action with Brahman in mind, and be free from all attachments to the results.’

Detachment is one of the most important messages in yoga practice. Self-examination is another. Watching your own thoughts leads to progress along the spiritual path. The Gita explains so many of our questions…

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