What is the meaning of Bhagavad Gita Sholka “Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani”

What is the meaning of Bhagavad Gita  Sholka “Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani”


कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।।2.47।।

This message was delivered by Lord Krishna 5000 years ago in ancient India. When Arjuna was not willing to fight with his own relatives and was shivering with grief, Lord Krishna motivated him and delivered a speech about Karma (duties). The speech is well known as Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita is written in Sanskrit. The above-quoted shloka (Verse) has the following meaning in English, You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.

The crux of this verse means you have a right to perform your duty but you do not have the right to have its result. A student can study on a daily basis but the exam result is not in his hand. Similarly, a warrior can train himself to fight with his enemies but the result of the war would not be in his control. In other words, if you just perform your duty forgetting about the result you will not be feeling happy or sad upon the success or failure of that task. It tells us that a person should work to the best of his abilities and should never be attracted to the results. If he detaches himself from the outcome of a task he can make himself free from all the sorrows and worries which that result can bring. This is also worth mentioning that by saying this Krishna does not mean that you would not get the result of your work. You will be getting the result for sure but you will be attracted by its outcome no matter if it favors you or not.

Apple founder Steve Jobs came to India in the search of enlightenment and also said the journey is the reward. This means if you enjoy the work if you enjoy the journey of doing a particular task every day with the best of your effort with utmost sincerity that is your real rewards. You should be aiming to make yourself better day by day rather than just thinking about the outcome.

That was the English meaning of Bhagawad Gita Shloka. 

Deepak Thakur English Motivational Speaker


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