Worrying about the results of work?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readFeb 29, 2020

Jesus very clearly says, “A tree is known by the fruits it has.” You might be thinking that you are doing something selflessly. But how much do you know yourself? You are assuming that you are doing something selflessly, that your action is right. That is your assumption. It is needed that you must check this assumption, is it not?

Do you not want to enquire the veracity of your assumption? And how do you enquire into your assumption? By seeing what actions are leading to.

‘Do the right thing, and forget about the result’ — is the utmost and final condition.

‘Do the right thing, and forget about the result’- that condition is possible only to someone who is already liberated of the future.

But those who are not liberated, those who have even an iota of doubt about the center from where their actions are arising, must use the results of the action to know the source of the action.

The source of the action, and the result of the action, correspond with each other.

If the action comes from the center of Holiness, then the results are bound to be Holy.

If the actions come from the center of Nothingness, then the results are bound to be Nothing.

Similarly, if the actions come from the center of vice, or deception, then the results are bound to be distressing.

You can deceive yourself about the source of your action because only you know the source of your action. You are the declaring authority and you can declare anything. You can commit the foulest of crimes and say that this is being done with a holy purpose.

In fact, the foulest of crimes, have been mostly committed citing holy purposes only. And it cannot be cross-verified. Nobody can peep into your interiors and prove to you that you are operating from a wicked center. It cannot be demonstrated because it is an internal thing.

What is it, however, that can be demonstrated, rather that which is not going to remain hidden? The results. So look at results. Even if you have successfully deceived yourself about the source of your action, the results will demonstrate to you what the real source of your action was.

An action which has led to

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