Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Acharya Ji, can you please speak something on Karma (Action) and Karmphal (Fruit of action)?
Acharya Prashant (AP):
All Karma, all action is for the actor.
And if the actor is a desirous actor, then all action just leads to a continuation of the cycle of desire!
You look at your Karma and the Karmphal. Does any Karmphal ever mean a ‘full stop?’ Is any result, ever so very satisfying that it is final? So, Karma and Karmphal are a continuity. They are a cycle and they are a cycle of ignorance. The doer, the actor, behind the Karma keeps feeling that, action will lead to Liberation. Now, action cannot lead to Liberation.
Action emanating from the actor, that is the ego, the “I” tendency, can never lead to Liberation. Because the very beginning is flawed. The beginning itself is ‘loneliness,’ the beginning itself is in ‘incompleteness.’ The results of such beginnings cannot be auspicious.
When you start from a wrong place,
then you cannot reach a right place.
That sounds counter intuitive because we do see this happening in the world, right? You are standing at some undesirable place, and from there, you can reach a desirable place. But in the domain of Truth, there is no inter-dimensional ladder.
A wrong place is a wrong dimension.
You will keep moving in that dimension. Starting from a wrong center, a wrong place, you will keep moving in a space that is wrong. In that space, you can travel far and wide. The space of the ‘Ego’ too is an infinite space.
“Manakaash”, that too is infinite, just like the Truth. The space of imagination is also very infinite. You can keep roaming there all your Life. But you will never be able to go beyond that space. It’s like walking inside a closed room. You can keep walking all your Life, but that will not take you out of the room.
So, within the room is action, within the room is the result of the action. Then out of the result of the action, there is more action, then again more action. And all of that? Within the room. In the hope of?