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About Krishna: Yoga, Meditation, Dharma, Karma, Bhagavad-Gita and more
About Krishna: Yoga, Meditation, Dharma, Karma, Bhagavad-Gita and more


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Those paths, karmasanyas and karmayoga
Are seen by the less wise to be separate
Yet the wise ones see no difference
They both lead ultimately to the same abode
They both achieve the same goals
As long as they are truly established in the path //5:4//

Krishna in 5:2 says that there two supreme paths:
    1. Karma Sanyas:      Path of renunciation
    2. Karma yoga:        Living a normal life like you and I with focus on non-attachment.
And, now two verses later in 5:4, he says that there is actually no difference between these two paths.  What is Krishna trying to say here?
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Can non attachment be used as an excuse?
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There are two kinds of people in this working world
People who live in regular world.  They grow up, go to school, get a job, get married, have children, and so on.
Those who renounce the world.  They grow up, may go to school and then decide to choose a path of divinity, spend their entire life in persuit of enlightenment or in the service of God.
In each of the above category....they can either be:
Attached or
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.................A non-attached person still walks, still enjoys the scenery and still picks up the fruits on the path. He simply knows the ultimate truth of non-attached existence. Attachment and detachment are construct of our minds; they do not really exist. They start with our births and end with our deaths and once the truth is really known, they do not exist even during those times. Life goes on without attachment. Nothing changes on the outside, yet everything changes inside.
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Karma management is interesting in light of this attachment and detachment. Let us understand it by hypothetical examples. I am in healthcare so will use healthcare example. You are a new CEO of a hospital. You get attached to what you want to do. You want to get the hospital to the top position in the state. You would like to make it a patient friendly place. You want to get the best physicians in the place. You are passionate about it.
It is fine if you do not need support from others. You want to make your point. You want everyone on board with your idea. Someone on the board of trustees does not like the idea. You start despising that board member. That reflects in how you deal with that board member. Some of your management team is not supportive either although they would not speak up because they are afraid of what the consequences may be. You sense this and find out who that person is. You decide to confront the person to teach a lesson.
Things are not going right. You feel dejected and frustrated. Why are people not able to see your intentions? You are trying to do what is good and great for the community. You feel like getting detached. You drop everything about the project. Why should you get burned out? This place is not worth your best efforts.
No CEO behaves the way I have outlined above. But, some of those actions may happen if you get too attached to any project or person. Most people will act professional in these situations. Being professional comes closest to what non-attached approach will look like.
Can you as a CEO stay non-attached with the most important project of their life? The more non-attached you are, the better you will be able to approach the board and your management team. If the project is not good and cannot stand on its own merit, it probably should not be taken up any way
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I love this verse in Gita:

A single sailboat is in the water
Drifting away in gentle wind
The wind gets intense and
Takes control of the boat through the sail
Similarly a man wandering in the water of desires
Moving gently in his day to day life and one day
One intense desire of a single sense organ
Takes control of the entire being
And sways him to what that one sense organ wants.
Bhagavad Gita //2:67//

Indriyanam hi caratam yan mano ‘nuvidhiyate
Tad asya harati prajnam vayur navam ivambhasi
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Why do people take a life of ‘service to God’? I truly believe that they do a great service in this world. They live a hard life. The path is difficult. Krishna also acknowledges that and that is why he says, “Karma yoga is superior to karma sanyas because it is easier to follow (karma yoga).” All the people I mentioned in the paragraph above are sanyasis according to Krishna. They spend their lives in the service of God. Sometimes it equates to service of people. There is a group, which does both. Mahatma Gandhi was a saint and a leader too. Mother Theresa to me is also in the same category.
However, just because people go in the sanyasi path does not make them holier than thou. Most of them are similar to us but have chosen the path of karma sanyas. It is brave, it is demanding and they are going to be held to a higher standard as well. Krishna has a word of advice for this group too:
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...Yesterday we talked about definition of we shall talk about different types of karma:....

.....b. He remains unattached and still continues to perform desired actions. This is the path of Krishna and he truly believes this is the path of ultimate success. Arjun is a soldier. He is a successful person. He is in a war and there are more successful people he has to fight with. He is a changed person after he gets management lessons from Krishna. And, he ends up being the most successful person of his times.
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Meditation in a group has a unique effect. It is as if many forces are trying to move upwards in one direction. Every one is practicing individually. Each person is alone. Yet, there is inter-connectedness between each person meditating together.
Not much is known about meditating together in a social network setting. I have a feeling that inter-connectedness can be developed between meditating persons situated in different locations.
That is one reason, I say, “Let us meditate together.”
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