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Bhagavad Gita summary ch 3

CHAPTER 3 Karma Yoga

1. Krishna has given us two elaborate routes to reach Him and they are, Gnyana yoga and Karma Yoga

2. Carrying out actions without attachment to results is Karma yoga. So doing one’s duties is much better than being in an actionless state.

3. Actions done with the mood of sacrifice and with devotion, would not bind a person to this world. There should not be even a trace of selfishness. Action should be done as if it is a worship.

4. When we act this way, we all grow together by mutual cooperation. So even leaders should encourage their followers.

5. If we do all our actions without attachment, we will reach Krishna without doubt.

6. Lord Sri Krishna tells us to dedicate all actions to Him.

7. “Do all your duties perfectly. That is because all the actions are Me only. I am making you all do things. It does not matter what you do because ultimately you are going to reach Me only. Getting Me is not depending on what you do, but on with what attitude and feeling you do that”, Krishna says.

8. To Arjuna’s question as to why a man does sinful activities even though he is not really willing, Krishna replies that it is because of desire and anger created by Rajo guna.

9. Desire, known as lust, clouds one’s knowledge, since it is its main enemy. Mind, intelligence and senses are the natural sitting places of desire. That is the reason knowledge is covered.

10. Senses are better than body. Mind is better than senses. Intelligence is better than mind and the atma is better than intelligence.

11. So, we must know the high value of that atma. The desire is an enemy which is difficult to win over. It covers our intelligence and so is to be destroyed and we must unite with our atma.

Bg. 3.27

प्रकृतेः क्रियमाणानि गुणैः कर्माणि सर्वशः ।
अहङ्कारविमूढात्मा कर्ताहमिति मन्यते ॥ २७ ॥

prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni
guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
kartāham iti manyate

The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature..

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