Bhagvad Gita 3.9 in daily life

BHAGVAD GITA SHLOKA Chapter 3, Shloka 9 in daily life

यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धन: |

तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसङ्ग: समाचर || 9||

yajñārthāt karmaṇo ’nyatra loko ’yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ

tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya mukta-saṅgaḥ samāchara

yajña-arthāt—for the sake of sacrifice; karmaṇaḥ—than action; anyatra—else; lokaḥ—material world; ayam—this; karma-bandhanaḥ—bondage through one’s work; tat—that; artham—for the sake of; karma—action; kaunteya—Arjun, the son of Kunti; mukta-saṅgaḥ—free from attachment; samāchara—perform properly

The world is bound by action other than those performed ‘for the sake of sacrifice’; do thou. Therefore, O son of Kunti, act for that sake (for Yajna) alone, free from all attachments.

Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra explains This Shloka is very important. It teaches us how to live. Karma binds every human being. Whatever actions we do we will face the consequences of those actions. We have to be extra careful about our actions. We have to be truthful to ourselves. This habit of externally showing something and internally feeling something else is not right. This habit may be successful in managing the world, but on the spiritual path, it is harmful. Not all actions bind. If the actions are done with detachment with no desires as an offering – “Neki Kar, Kue Mein Daal,” then it does not bind. One has to be in a very balanced state of mind while doing all the actions with detachment without expecting anything in return.

This shloka describes the impeccable karma yoga method.  It is applicable for every householder and all the duties we have towards our self, family, society and the world. While fulfilling our household duties, we should perform all the work or actions as if performing a yajña to the supreme consciousness. We should always be mindful of the fact that we are just the means and higher consciousness is in play for our spiritual growth and realisation.

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