Conclusion – The Perfection of Renunciation Part II
The crux of knowledge is explained as follows “O son of Prtha, that understanding by which one knows what ought to be done and what ought not to be done, what is to be feared and what is not to be feared, what is binding and what is liberating, is in the mode of goodness.” At times you may understand, you may know it, it is not necessary that you may explain it to whole world. “O son of Prtha, that understanding which cannot distinguish between religion and irreligion, between action that should be done and action that should not be done, is in the mode of passion.” Teachings, learning should be shared and not forced. “That understanding which considers, irreligion to be religion and religion to be irreligion, under the spell of illusion and darkness, and strives always in the wrong direction, O Partha, is in the mode of ignorance.” Best is we not to judge.
How would you determine what is good for you, it is something one understands over a period of time. “That which in the beginning may be just like poison but at the end is just like nectar and which awakens one to self-realization is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness.” Everything that shines is not gold, “That happiness which is derived from contact of the senses with their objects and which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end is said to be the nature of passion.” Lastly when it is good only if it suits me “And that happiness which is blind to self-realisation, which is delusion from beginning to end and which arises from sleep, laziness and illusion is said to be of the nature of ignorance.”
We are born equals, society has differentiated us, “Brahmanas, kstriyas, vaisyas and sudras are distinguished by the qualities born of their own natures in accordance with the material modes, O chastiser of the enemy.” Let’s define before segregate “Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness – these are the natural qualities by which the brahmanas work.” Before you do the nomenclature understand what one would stand for. “Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity and leadership are the natural qualities of work for the ksatriyas”. The allowance and needs are different for every profession and so are the do and dont’s. “Farming, cow protection and business are the natural work for the vaisyas, and for the sudras there are labor and service to others.” The inclination for work defines your caste and not the other way round.
“It is better to engage in one’s own occupation, even though one may perform it imperfectly, than to accept another’s occupation and perform it perfectly. Duties prescribed according to one’s nature are never affected by sinful reactions.” Instead of focusing and downsizing others, lets build our own castle of work. “Every endeavor is covered by some fault, just as fire is covered by smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work born of his nature, O son of Kunti, even if such work is full of fault.” We are spiritual beings having human experience, we are here to experience may be good may be bad, but majorly lessons are learnt the hard way.
The insights are real and so is the learning, the bhagavad gita states that it is understood by a devotee only. Morals are defined, work is articulated life is different for every profession and profession is not defined by birth. Learning is important, parroting is ignorance. Nobody is absolute and only He is absolute. A doer may be a medium for the bigger goal. Surrender into Him and find solace. Detach yourself from auspicious and inauspicious, charity is a duty. A learning of a lifetime, all found in the scriptures written eons back before my soul took the body.
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