Performing Duty With Mind In God ~ Desirable

Performing Duty With Mind In God

In the previous article “Performing Duty With Attachment In World”, we understood the inherent problems in merely performing duty out of attachment. Our motivation to perform the duty will fluctuate along with our feelings of attachment and this does not give us a stable and even-minded base from which to perform our duties. Let us explore what happens when our mind is free of worldly attachment but fixed in God –

Performing Duty When Mind Is Attached In God ~ Desirable

If however, we attach our minds to God, there is a very positive change that takes place within our mind: all the daivi gunas begin to evolve. These are the godly or positive qualities of the mind (described in chapter 16) like: being energetic, active, hard-working, having focus, determination, patience, fearlessness, generosity, control over one’s senses, a willingness to sacrifice, honesty, modesty, humbleness, respect, forgiveness, kindness, compassion, being merciful, straightforwardness, cleanliness, etc.  A person whose mind is filled with such qualities will have a natural sense of duty, which is not dependent on their attachment to any person or thing. They will have a natural compassion for all living beings, so they will naturally do what is best for their family and those who are dependent on them.

A common example of how someone can perform their duty without attachment is that of a school teacher. The teacher is not attached to the children the way the parents are, and in many ways this enables the teacher to care for them more professionally and to make more reasoned decisions about the welfare of the children. A good doctor cares for all of their patients, but is not attached to any of them. Thus, they are able to make decisions regarding their patients’ health with clinical logic. This is only possible because they are not attached to the patients – if they were attached to a particular patient, they would probably ask another doctor to take over, out of fear that their attachment would cloud their judgment, and thus cause them to make decisions not in the best interest of the patient. Thus, we see that attachment can impede one from being able to do their duty, but by attaching our mind to God instead of the world, we can better observe our responsibilities. This is the Karm Yog of the Gita. 

We can raise this idea to even higher level – know more about it in – “Skillfulness In Action Is Karm Yog”.

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