Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: Acharya Ji, how will I get motivation to do some work, if I am not attached to the result of the work?
Acharya Prashant Ji: When you come to this hall, you are probably prompted by some desire, aren’t you?
Acharya Prashant Ji: There are desires, there are calculations, there are pluses and minuses. You probably weigh the pros and cons. All those things are there. Sometimes there is a nagging question you want to get rid of, therefore you come. That’s how the thing mostly starts. So this is ‘sakaam karma’ (desire-oriented action). Your movement in this hall is motivated by a desire.
You want something, therefore you do.
This is the common ‘saakaam karma’.
You ‘do’ because you want.
So, the action is a means of fulfilling the desire.
This is normal ‘saakaam karma’.
That’s how things are at Twelve Noon. You are sitting ready to fire your questions, you have a purpose in being here. What is the purpose? — ‘I want my questions answered.’ You have a definite purpose. That’s Twelve noon.
Now, how is it like at 1:30 p.m.? You came with a question, but the question has not reached here. You do not even intend to ask the question anymore. At Twelve Noon when you were listening, you were listening with an objective. What was the objective? The resolution of the query. And how are you listening at 1:30 p.m.? You are ‘just’ listening. You are ‘just’ listening.
Something is still happening, but the objective is lost. Now the ‘happening’ itself is very juicy. Now the ‘happening’ is not means towards an end. Now the means itself has merged with the end. It is as if, the means has moved into the end, or the end has come to the means to bless it.
Now there is no distinction. Now you are not saying that let the others’ questions be answered fast, so that the speaker may take up my question.