Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 40

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Working Without Attachment or From a State of Higher Consciousness Is Beneficial Spiritually and Materially

नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते |
स्वल्पमप्यस्य धर्मस्य त्रायते महतो भयात् || 2.40||

nehābhikrama-nāśho ’sti pratyavāyo na vidyate
svalpam apyasya dharmasya trāyate mahato bhayāt|| 2.40||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 40:

There is no loss or negative outcome when working in this state of (Higher) consciousness, and even a small amount of effort can save one from great danger.


There are three different kinds of actions Selfish behaviour is characterized by an overpowering concern for only me, and myself. Unselfish behaviour is motivated by a desire to help others as well. The goal of Self Realization is achieved by selfless activity.

Selfish behaviour drains your energy and leads to failure. Because unselfish action is focused on the objective, you will feel energized and the outcome will follow naturally. Selfless deeds lead to smooth success. The mind is at ease, while the body is in motion. The forces of nature are aligned in your favour!

Fear is the product of selfish and harmful tendencies. Even if they don’t have a lot of money or influence, selfless people are courageous. Dharma or unselfishness protects you from even the greatest fear. Selfishness manifests itself on many levels, including the material, physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

You can only be successful and happy if you sacrifice your selfishness on the altar of a higher objective. This is the law desires fade away when you transcend above selfishness and grow spiritually.

Shri Krishna calms Arjuna’s fears by assuring him that the instruction of buddhi yoga is completely risk-free. It will not result in an error as a result of incorrectly following the procedures. It will also not result in a negative outcome.

As a result, Shri Krishna teaches us that there is no reason to delay in putting these teachings into practice because of any fear. Even if we only apply a small portion of this message, it saves us against the most terrifying fear of all death.

Verse & what we can learn

Any act done without selfishness/ without expecting the outcome or from higher consciousness keeps one calm and balanced and brings out the best in oneself. Practicing meditation broadens not only our vision and goal but also helps us stay connected with higher consciousness. So any act done in that state of mind helps us progress both spiritually and materially.

From the next verse, Lord Shri Krishna discusses more in depth about this same subject.

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

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