Action without attachment is Yoga

Acharya Prashant
2 min readAug 4, 2020

योगस्थः कुरु कर्माणि संग त्यक्त्वा धनंजय |

सिध्यसिध्योः समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते ||

~श्रीमद भगवद गीता

Perform your actions, O Dhananjaya (Arjuna),

Being established in or integrated with Yoga,

Abandoning attachment and

Remaining even-minded both in success and failure.

This evenness of mind is called Yoga.

~Bhagwad Gita (Chapter-2, Verse-8)

The science of uniting the individual consciousness with the ultimate consciousness, this equanimity is known as Yoga. Which equanimity is he talking of? Becoming equipoised in success and failure. Could you get a more concise and direct definition of Yoga?

Perform your activities, giving up attachment and become equipoised in success and failure — this is Yoga.

What does it mean to remain equipoised in success and failure?

It means that even when you enter an action, you enter the action as somebody, to whom the action does not matter too much. It is then not about the action, but about the actor. You enter as an already fulfilled actor. I am acting, but the actor is not acting for the sake of rewards, the actor is already fulfilled. When the actor is already fulfilled, then the action does not matter too much. Then one can have a little playfulness about the action. It doesn’t matter, which way the thing goes. Because whatever I wanted to have, has been achieved even before the action. The action cannot really bring anything new to me. I am alright as I am! I am not acting in order to become alright. This is Yoga. Too simple? (Smilingly) Unbelievable?

And this is the science of decision making and acting. “I am alright as I am. I am not acting to become alright. Yet I am acting!” Why am I acting? Just like that! I may as well not act and that would make no difference to my health. I may as well doubly act, with triple the intensity and energy, and that too would not really make a difference. This is Yoga!

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