As a prolific writer and an omnivorous reader he is with a versatile knowledge on different subjects, James Alien Jamie (hirundine608 as a blogger), often uses the terminology reading as “…the karmik wheet grinds on” while giving his comments on my blog posts. This prompted me to speak out my mind on the topic in a measure I take it. Bhagwat Gita enunciates karma in the following words in Sanskrit:
ma phaleshu kadachinam”
(Your right [duty] is to work, but the result part of it you just can’t claim).
There are several dozens of interpretations on this. Many believe that what is envisaged in this shloka in Sanskrit is that one can perform his/ her duty leaving result of it to the Almighty God as whatever He will do shall be good only in the interest of the person concerned. This is not the message. The message actually emphasizes that whatever occurs as a result of some performance has to be accepted as the final reality, it is immaterial whether or not it is good or bad. This is in fact the element of Destiny which is highlighted in the message of Lord Krishna to Arjun in Mahabharat laying stress on the eternal Truth which ultimately emerges irrespective of any prejudices in respect of things good or bad. Forget good, forget bad, and accept whatever happens as a result in whatever form and shape it emerges, was the real message. Arjun was confused and was not inclined to follow what Lord Krishna was advising him. Lord Krishna told him point blank at the end that he followed the advice so given to him or did not, the results are in no way to get affected as what has to happen is invariably to happen and none can stop it. Destiny has its own ways, unalterable and unquestionable. Those, who have read Thomas Hardy, must have observed that in most of his novels this very element of Destiny is well elucidated and illustrated with an exhaustive coverage. There is no question of some body accepting or not accepting the result of his doings, all the results are destined ones and what is once destined, it just can’t be blotted or erased, and that was the message Lord Krishna gave to Arjun on his Karmyog lesson to him, as I am able to take it.
As a corollary to this, there is another version to support this theme in the shape of the following words:
“Twadeeyam vastu Govindam
(Whatever I have, it is bestowed by You [the Lord] only, and the same I am surrendering to You).
This is another way of submission through Immanent Will, the Destiny, where one neither gets any thing, nor gives any thing, both the act and the result emanate from the Lord, the creator, and that is exactly the eternal truth.