It is the nature of Nature to move. Going against Nature and trying to stop action will only cause trouble, and it isn’t going to work anyway—sooner or later, action will reassert itself. You can’t cheat Mother Nature!
Three Hour Meditation Workshop with Durga Ma
A Mindfulness Life Center, Scottsdale AZ, Saturday, February 27
11 AM- 2 PM
Authentic Yoga Meditation the Easy Way
You praise renunciation of action and again you praise Yoga. Tell me definitely which one is the best.
Arjuna’s confusion is understandable, for he has caught on to the apparent contradiction of ‘renunciation of action’ and yoga, which by definition involves action. He takes renunciation of action to mean giving up acting, and yoga as requiring acting. So, ever the perfect disciple, he asks Lord Krishna, as he has before, to tell him what to do.
Renunciation of action — Letting go of action.
Yoga — Union.
Both renunciation and Karma Yoga lead to the highest bliss, but Karma Yoga is superior to action renunciation.
Renunciation and Action Yoga together lead to the highest bliss. It is better to practice Action Yoga than to not act.
Letting go of action does not mean that there is no action, but that one is not doing the acting. By surrendering oneself to God in meditation, one gives all actions over to God, and God takes it from there. So renunciation of action is not only consistent with Karma Yoga rather than at odds with it, it is the key to understanding it.
From another perspective…
This verse is often seen as Krishna referring back to Sankhya Yoga, the Yoga of Knowledge (chapter 2) and His recent and detailed teachings on Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action (chapters 3 and 4) which, if one had to choose, is the superior of the two.
Sankhya – ‘Making known, calculation, discrimination, rationalization’.
Karma Yoga – ‘Action Union’
Sankhya, the path of Knowledge — jnana yoga or buddhi yoga — considers that all actions are of nature, that even though we may be ’embodied’, what we really are is not nature, and that knowledge (jnana) and the intellect (buddhi) are therefore superior to action.
Jñāna – Knowledge, wisdom derived from meditation.
Buddhi – Intelligence, reason, discernment, judgement.
Yoga, the path of Action — karma yoga — considers that action, being inherent in our present condition as physical beings, cannot be avoided and is therefore instrumental to our freedom from the bondage of karma, as well as the realization of Truth.
Karma – Action.
Yoga – Union, the act of uniting.
From this viewpoint, both paths seem equally valid, nevertheless, Krishna says that the path of Action is superior to the path of Knowledge. Why?
Action, understood as Krishna has taught it in previous verses, will bring knowledge anyway, and it will also liberate us from the bondage of our karma.
It is to be understood that one who neither dislikes nor desires, is a constant renouncer. Indifferent to pairs of opposites, this person is easily liberated from bondage.
Lord Krishna is praising Yoga again with His reference to indifference and liberation. One who neither dislikes nor desires, a ‘constant renouncer’, is on the very threshold of liberation.
Indifference to opposites, such as likes and dislikes, is a kind of liberation in itself, so finishing the job should be easy. If we want liberation, and if we want it to be final and easy, we must pay attention to what Lord Krishna is teaching us here.
“It is to be understood that one who neither dislikes nor desires, is a constant renouncer”
In the path of Action, by constantly renouncing action in meditation, one gradually achieves ‘indifference’ to pairs of opposites. We learned this earlier, and now we are given to understand that this indifference is what ‘renunciation’ (surrender) and ‘action’ together will produce.
An additional perk of rising above the influence of the poles of opposites is that one discovers what lies between. Once this discovery is made, indifference increases as one ceases to be helplessly subject to the magnetic pull of extremes. The power of these extreme polarities diminishes, leaving one with more options and more flexibility. This is, in fact, the principle behind yoga asana, the ‘yoga’ you see in Yoga studios, where the movement from one pose to its opposite is as important as the pose.
It is also the basis of Surrender Meditation, where, by renouncing (surrendering) everything to God in meditation, one is a “constant renouncer” in the role of a ‘non-doer’, and any actions that arise are acts of God and not one’s own. This works because it is the truth anyway, whether we notice it, or agree with it, or not.
All action occurs in nature. We are not nature. What we really are does nothing. This is the Knowledge we derive through experience from the practice of surrender to God (Karma Yoga), that causes us to rise above our karma through indifference, and become liberated.
In this way, we can see that the path of Action includes the path of Knowledge, but the reverse is not necessarily so, for the path of Knowledge does not require the practice needed to prove knowledge through experience: Karma Yoga. Thus do Knowledge and Action Yoga together lead to the highest bliss.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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