Words of wisdom: Destiny and human effort

I have seen inaction or halfhearted actions justified by wrong interpretation of popular quote ‘Karmanyevaadhikarathe Maa Phaleshu Kadaachana’  from Bhagavat Gita.  ‘Karmanyevaadhikarathe Maa Phaleshu Kadaachana’ roughly translates to mean ‘you have right (and duty) to perform action but never you have say on the results of your actions’ . It is but a statement of universal truth ‘a flower falls, even though we love it, and a weed grows, even though we do not love it’.  Cause/effect relation is not a simple fairy tale kind of perception but rather complex interplay of many factors. No wonder, Lord Krishna has said ‘Avyaktaadeeni Bhoothani Vyakta Madhyaani Bharatha, Avyakta Nidhanaanyeva Tatra Kaa Paridevanaa’.

Beyond doubt, the actual invocation of Bhagavat Gita is not inaction but rather spirited and focused action.

Following words of advice, of course not from Bhagavat Gita  extols importance of action over destiny

Nadaivamithi Samchinthya Tyajedudyohamaatmanah

Anudyogena Thailamhi Thilebhyetnaapnothumarhathi

Man cannot fail to act, giving up everything to fate. For instance, oil cannot be extracted out of sesame without any effort

Yatthahyekena Chakrena Na Rathasyagathirbhavet

Evam Purushakaarena Vinaadiavam Na Siddhathi

Chariot does not move on one wheel. In the same way, God/Fate alone will not fetch you anything. Human effort is mandatory

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3 Responses to “Words of wisdom: Destiny and human effort”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    When preparation or effort meets opportunity that is called luck or destiny.

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