Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 4: Verse 41

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If We Identify Ourselves With Atman, Excitement, Desire and Anxiety Fade Away

योगसंन्यस्तकर्माणं ज्ञानसञ्छिन्नसंशयम् |
आत्मवन्तं न कर्माणि निबध्नन्ति धनञ्जय || 4.41||

yoga-sannyasta-karmāṇaṁ jñāna-sañchhinna-sanśhayam
ātmavantaṁ na karmāṇi nibadhnanti dhanañjaya|| 4.41||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 4- Ver. 41:

Actions, O Arjuna, do not bind those who have renounced karma in the fire of Yoga, who have had their doubts erased by knowledge, and who are established in self-knowledge.

Explanation

Here Shri Krishna describes those who renounce all ritualistic karma, surrendering their body, mind, and soul to God.” Such people treat everything they do as though it were a service to God. Shree Krishna claims that their devotional work does not bind them. Only those activities that are undertaken in one’s self-interest bound one in karma. When work is done solely for the pleasure of God, it is devoid of all karmic consequences.

You renounce activities here the more you identify with Atman. This means that excitement, desire, and anxiety are no longer present. Your focus is on spiritual development. You have no desire for anything in the world. Actions will be carried out objectively, free of mental disturbance. You won’t have any more desires, and you won’t be bound by actions. The intelligence will help you acquire clarity of thought and function. All grey areas will be removed. Indecision, doubt, or confusion will not be a problem.

A person who has realized self-realization acts without a sense of doership and enjoyment of the action. It’s vital to remember that renunciation of action refers to the resignation of doership and enjoyership, not the activity itself. Actions are still taking place.

Verse & what we can learn

Those who dedicate their body, mind, and soul to God, renouncing every ritualistic karma such people regard everything they do as though it were a service to God. Their devotion to their work does not bind them.

To acquire knowledge and to implement that knowledge in life one needs to be mentally and physically active and healthy and for that daily meditation is a great tool.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

In the Next verse, Shri Krishna tells Arjuna to establish himself in Karma Yoga.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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