Treasure Island

Samanyan Lakshminarayanan


the duty seems done
only when there is success
what do we do then

[just do your duty
without an expectation
about the result]...BHAGAVATH GEETHA

Submitted: Friday, October 30, 2009
Edited: Friday, December 25, 2009

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  • Shekhar Joshi (11/10/2009 8:29:00 AM)

    the duty seems done
    only when there is success
    what do we do then.......Still thinking of it.........hey sam dont make me think so much.......I(we) go on contradicting everything......everything seems to have flaws...... ;) (Report) Reply

  • Mark Nwagwu (11/5/2009 10:50:00 PM)

    just perfect, Sama, do your duty is an incredibly powerful force in life for, often, the result lies outside of our own activity; that is to say, what we do is often much greater than what we actually do, with consequences far beyond our expectations or our wishes.
    mark (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (11/3/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    sorry, your interpretation is wrong if that one is on Geeta...if it is your own, you float it there we accept it as yours...thanks (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (11/2/2009 4:13:00 AM)

    Samanyana, I think Ravi A. has elaborated on the verse from Gita in its true spirit. Please pick up the thread from there.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (11/2/2009 2:07:00 AM)

    karmanye wadhika raste, ma faleshoo kadachin.... you truly captured the holy spirit here..........nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi Sathasivam (11/1/2009 11:03:00 PM)

    That's true.
    As Surya says, 'answer is given in Bhavatgita'.

    Please read my poem 'our duty' page 11 # 216.
    and give your comment on it. Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (11/1/2009 3:44:00 AM)

    Nothing wrong with your question and I think the almighty
    has already answered good point
    regards (Report) Reply

  • Rajaram Ramachandran (10/31/2009 7:55:00 PM)

    Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita, 'Do your duty sincerely and leave its results to me.' The whole Universe is doing its duty systematically in the holy order. Does it expect anything in return? No. God created this example for us to follow its footsteps But on the other hand, man expects quick results for the duty done. (Report) Reply

  • Lynn Glover (10/31/2009 5:12:00 PM)

    I don't understand anything about this poem, so obviously I am not qualified to comment. Thanks for asking, your friend Lynn (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (10/30/2009 12:59:00 PM)

    Nowhere in the scripture has it been said like this. Duty has nothing to do with success or failure. Duty is duty and nothing else. Duty is something that we must discharge under a particular role and context for maintaining balance of the situation. Actually, Nature demands so. Sun has a duty. Moon has a duty. Likewise it goes on. Being a man we have some generalized duties. Having taken particular roles by birth (this is a vast canvas) , by profession etc, we have particular duties. We must discharge our duties in an impassionate way like the Sun and Moon. This is most important. Sun is equally bright for a saint and a murderer. River doesn't care whether it is giving drinking water to a King or a thief. This is the point.

    Now, about the Geetha verse. Man is simply misinterpreting this particular verse. As a man we can't simply sit without performing any Karma. The entire trouble lies not in the Karma but in the expectations behind it. Krishna was well aware of one thing - that happiness or misery meant the difference between the expected result and the actual result. For example, I expected a rank in an exam but missed it by just one mark! I am in misery. Who asked me to expect so? If I say that I have the freedom to expect, then, I should also admit that I am bound by the law of such Expectation - misery or happiness as the case may be. Accepting this fact, I can go on expecting this and that but am I ready to accept misery too by this law of Expectation? I am not and here lies the trouble. Krishna was aware of this mental situation. So he asked the mankind not to have any expectation attached to our Karmas. The fruits will reach our life according to the quality of the Karma itself! This means that salary is not our birthright but only the fruits of our work. We should respect our salary as the gift of god. This is the meaning of it. Do we have this attitude? Only an attitudinal change is required here behind such receipts - everything is the gift of god. Nothing is our birthright - not even this air and water. We may have to give up our salary when war breaks out in the country. When earthquake happens who can claim his lands? We will have to run into deserts and die. See, we have no respect for the five elements- air, fire, sky, water and earth and we suffer. Not even once we feel that our birth is the very gift of god.

    Expectation leads to misery - this is the key view behind this verse. One more thing: - 'There is no maximum limit for minimum expectation'. You can ponder on the statement now. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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