Summarizing from ‘Nature of Right Action – Part-I and Part-II’, when we operate out of attachments, when we operate out of desires and when we operate with our egos, The Gita tells us the following:
a. Beware that actions borne out of such conditions are SELFISH
b. Beware that when we operate under the influence of desire, attachments, and ego, these are like prisms in the ray of light that cause distortions.
c. Beware that these prisms become such a source of noise in our system that even after putting maximum efforts we still produce mediocre results. We often wonder ‘why am I not getting the recognition in-spite of a great effort?’, and often it is due to the spent energy in the prisms.
d. Beware the prisms cloud the intellect completely. This is often the case when the Mind (Body, Mind and Intellect) takes over completely and all our actions are under the influence of the mind. When we operate under the influence of the mind, we come up with inconsistent performances/actions. Our actions are also spotty, fleeting, superficial and tentative like the mind.
e. Therefore, beware that we are always under the influence of two dimensions – 1. The Body, the Mind and the Intellect and 2. The 3 Gunas.
Hence, it is important to understand the nature of the actions that manifest at a Body, Mind and Intellect level – when we operate out of Tamas, when we operate out of Rajas and when we operate out of Sattwa.
What kind of an action does an intellect under the influence of Tamas come up with? What kind of an action does an intellect under the influence of Sattwa come up with? What kind of an action does a mind under the influence of Rajas come up with?
You may want to also look at ‘The Matrix of the 3 Gunas‘.
We now have the ability to observe our actions. When we understand this, we are now fully equipped to plot our actions, recognize the source of the action and recognize the nature of our actions. Once we are able to honestly peg ourselves, all it takes after that is to keep slowly turning the two dials – Intellect Dial and the Sattwa Dial.
Connecting again back to the key points in Part-II
In other words, when we are operating with the Intellect and are in Sattwa or trending towards Sattwa, we then come up with the following:
1. We begin to perform actions as obligatory duty
2. We stop worrying about the fruits of right action (desires)
3. We shed attachments to both successes and failures from actions (our job ends at performing the right action). Therefore, we maintain an even keel (learn to embrace joys and sorrows as we start seeing them as the nature of life)
4. Once we shed attachments, there is then no fear, there is no anger, there is no mental agitation, there is no unrest
Verse 2.53 of the Gita says ‘ When your discrimination is no longer tossed about by opinions, but abides unshaken in soul-bliss, then you will attain the final union’.
Verse 2.64 of the Gita says ‘ The person of perfect self control is able to act in the world totally unaffected by it. Inwardly free from attractions and repulsion, the individual attains unshakable inner calmness’
In my next on this – NATURE of RIGHT ACTION – Part-IV, we will see what the sages had to say when one gets that union with the self (this union is what is the true nature of yoga). The interesting point to reflect upon is the convergence of right action and yoga.