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Ego makes you feel,” I am the doer!”

” All actions are performed, in all cases, merely by the qualities-in-nature (Gunas). He, whose mind is deluded by egoism thinks “I am the doer”

chapter 3, verse 27 Bhagawad Geeta

This is really the ‘truth’ behind most of our actions. We do not realize that the nature is stronger than us. We feel we are the doers but the truth is that we are merely actors as result of nature.

Lord Krishna is facing the same problem with Arjuna, who feels he is the doer and does not want to harm his own relatives, Kauravas, and he wants to run away from the battlefield. The tendencies of the mind called as vasanas express themselves in the outer world as actions. Where there are noble-thoughts, there, noble actions manifest. When the thoughts are agitated, the actions also are uncertain, faltering and confused. And where the thoughts are dull, animalistic – the actions are base, vicious and cruel.

But, let us realize that where there is a mind..there is actions too. This is inevitable. There cannot be action-less state at all! There will be actions and that will represent the state of mind of the individual concerned. The debate is..why is he not the doer, then? The individual identifies himself with his mind and calls himself the doer! But, a spiritually inclined or learned person knows that he is neither the body nor the mind!

Let us explain this fact in form of an example. We go to sleep every night and we dream too! In the dream, the dreamer identifies himself with many incidents that happen. He is a rich person, wealthy with all the comforts/ objects and absolute power governing others in the ‘dream’ kingdom he created. But, moment he wakes up..the link is broken! That is the same in life too…. When the spiritual ‘awakening’ happens, he realises he has nothing of his own in this world. And, the moment this simple fact is realized, all attachments (with objects, relations etc) ends and the person lives in absolute peace. So, such a person lives like a droplet on the lotus petal..an attached and present but detached life…. but responsible enough to perform his duties.

Ego only separates one from another! Actually we are all part of One and we are neither the ‘doer’ nor the ‘receiver’. This is not easily understood by one who is living in ignorance.

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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