The ignorant act attached to expectations, while the Wise
Act without attachment for the benefit of all who live 3.25
The Wise should not disturb the ignorant from attachment
The Wise should motivate them by their selfless acts 3.26
Nature makes us act through its attributes in us
Clouded by ego we think we are the doers 3.27
The Wise differentiates action with and without attachment
Not getting caught in the senses and sense pleasures 3.28
Ones deluded by their nature get attached to what they do
The Wise should not disturb these with imperfect knowledge 3.29
Surrender all your actions to Me, centered on your Self and
Fight, free of confusion and with no expectations and ego 3.30
Can one fight without expectations?
Can we imagine a combat or a war in which victory is not the avowed objective? Can we think of an army or a soldier willing to fight for the sake of fighting, with no expectations of success?
This is what Krishna suggests to Arjuna, the greatest warrior of his times. Drop your ego, give up all expectations of success and fears of failure, surrender the results to me and fight, Krishna says.
In traditional martial arts of India, China and Japan, meditation is an intrinsic part of the warrior’s mental tool kit. Be it the Kalaripayattu in India, Tai Chi in China or Judo in Japan, the ultimate warrior is one who is mentally disengaged from the process of fighting. Though faced with the prospect of death, warriors trained in these arts of warfare, center themselves within, free themselves from ego and expectations, and become still in mind ,while the body is in action.
If one can do this facing death, why is it we become so engrossed with the outcome of what we do, when engaged in matters far more trivial?
A currency dealer or a stock market player in the pit, or a punter in a horse race, is so obsessed with the thought of having to win at all costs that a serious loss may lead them to a heart attack. Failure is not an option, even though success may be linked to many variables many of which are not in one’s control.
Take something far more routine. You may be a software programmer or even a consultant working on a dead line. All you can think about is finishing the project in time. This obsession with time based result produces stress. There are those who say they work best under stress.
Physicians know that stress produces adrenalin. Adrenalin is toxic. It can kill. At the very least, it tires your mind and body. No one, but no one, can work at one’s best filled with adrenalin. Nature designed release of adrenalin for extreme situations of fight and flight when one’s life was in danger, not for routine and daily completion of projects.
Greed and fear trigger adrenalin, stress and disease. Attachment for and against is what we call greed and fear. Attachment is a creation of our mind. Our senses constantly roam and identify objects of pleasure and pain for us to move towards or away. We then believe, with the firm conviction of our ego, that we are capable of fulfilling actions that lead us to pleasure and lead us way from pain.
This despite knowing that even our own breath is not under our control!
We seek to control the world around us without knowing how to control ourselves.
Krishna’s message as the Master Coach is loud and clear. Learn first to control yourself. Center yourself and drop your ego. Do what you need to, but without getting obsessed with the outcome. Trust the process and yourself and act. Accept whatever results.