Balancing Action and Grace

“Human beings” are not machines designed for flawless operation at all times; instead, they are “sentient beings” influenced by prejudices and conditioning, making them a mix of flaws and moments of flawlessness.

The desire to leave a lasting impact after death can become a hazardous obsession for humans because life is dynamic, even those who were highly influential in their time may only be remembered occasionally beyond their era.

In the deeper realities of life, there are no inherent rights or wrongs; instead, it’s about one’s ability to manage the consequences of their actions. When one’s own actions result in anxiety, legal implications, depression and fear of future consequences, it epitomizes a form of hell in reality.

When a sentient being finds contentment within oneself, having surpassed significant limitations, there’s no need to seek happiness from someone else’s success and fame.

Relying solely on the association with famous individuals for fulfillment is certainly a disease to be cured-off because their success should serve as inspiration to achieve something tangible independently, rather than merely boasting about one’s connection with them.

Acquiring Dharmic sensibility is crucial as it transforms one from being merely a receiver to becoming a contributor.

Therefore, the Gita emphasizes the significance of action infused with the anticipation of the grace of the Supreme Brahman. Neglecting either aspect can result in arrogance or excessive dependency.

Arjuna is fighting and Sri Krishna is guiding. Yashoda mayi is trying to Bind Krishna and missing it even after many ropes. Her efforts are rewarded eventually by Sri Krishna as He bounds Himself more with His mother’s love, but the effort of binding is real.

Actions are our responsibility, while results are certainly not within our domain. It’s prikriti and supreme Brahman.

– Govinda Das