We always separate between the fruition of the work and the performance towards it and we are happy only when it fruitions. If you are happy when it fruitions, should you not be equally happy when you conceive it and you start moving towards it in the form of performance?
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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
I am going to pose a very simple question today before you. Just see how deluded we are and how unintelligent we are!
Whenever we do work, the work has got an objective. So the entire work is a movement towards the objective. It is connected with the objective right from the time you conceive the work in your mind. But we always separate between the fruition of the work and the performance towards it and we are happy only when it fruitions. If you are happy when it fruitions, should you not be equally happy when you conceive it and you start moving towards it in the form of performance? How can it be that a work when fruitions is delightful? Any approach to that should be equally delightful at every point of time. But does it happen? No. See how foolish we are!
The success of our life, particularly a sādhaka consists in having the same joy if what you do attains fruition right from the beginning. The karma-yogic joy does not wait for the completion of the work or the attainment of the objective. The karma-yogic joy starts right from the beginning when you conceive of the work and start executing it.
Suppose there is a bulb glowing. You see it from a distance. So it is brilliant, luminous. As you proceed towards it in darkness, will not the brilliance be more and more and will not the brilliance be visible even from a distance? And when you are walking towards it, every time it is brilliant. And the sight of the brilliance will be delightful to you. In the same manner, should not the joy of work be there, right from the beginning?
So the Karma Yoga is a kaushala, a dexterity, by virtue of which your yoga starts right from the beginning and as long as it is on, you become joyous, you become fervent. This is one point.
Another point which I have always said - Joy by its very nature is emotional; it is a creation of the mind. If that is so, keeping the mind with you, why not you ask the mind to generate joy always, ever and ever? Why is it that you are constricting yourself? (With thoughts like these) ‘I will become joyous only when my work fruitions.’ Let the work be a flow like that of a river. It is flowing from your mind. The mind is the source of joy. So, thinking that I am going to do a work which has got a certain objective which is necessary, the very start of the work should give you equal joy.
Karma yoga is thus always an advantage, spirituality as such is an advantage. It does not wait for time, place or effect. It starts becoming effective and delivering joy and fulfillment right from the beginning. Will you please work on this proposition and then become intelligent and wise enough to understand it, get away from the delusion? What happens is, we are tense and unhappy while doing a work, thinking whether it will attain fruition and once it is fruitioning, then also you are tense. ‘Oh! My work has completed, it has become successful. Come, Come, Come join me, I will give you a party.’ When it attains fruition, what will you do with the fruition?
The student has passed 10th Class, 12th Class. What would be your thought? ‘He has to be put to further studies, which place will be better? Do I have the capacity to send him to the right place?’ Even then, it is not a time for joy. It is a pleasing and expected outcome and that outcome initiates a further course of action. Similarly when he passes, he becomes a graduate; then also the further thoughts as to what as a graduate he can be put to, he can take up. If you get the salary at the end of the month, the moment you get it, you start disbursing it, that disbursement becomes your concern. So every outcome of a work is the inauguration and beginning of a further sequence. There is nothing like a completion of a work. Suppose a contractor has completed his contract. He has made a huge profit. What will he do? ‘I have got staff, I have got experience. This work is complete. I must have another work.’ He looks for it.
The other day an executive was telling me, his company was speaking in glorious terms, a top officer to the rest, “Our Company has sold a property in UK and it has brought so many millions of dollars. So we have enough of money”. This executive was telling me, “See, how is he feeling. Whenever a company has to sell its asset for finding resources, for doing something or the other, is it good or bad? But he is putting it in such a manner that we have enough money, the asset has been sold. The very fact that they had to sell the asset to make the money is very, very negative. It doesn’t speak well at all. What he had to say is, ‘Our company has sold its asset, in order to find the resources to run the company or for this project. So our responsibility is very serious. More than what it will be, because we have found the resources by disposing off very valuable assets which we have accrued over a period of time, so the financial solidity of the company is not good. Now we have to do very well, strive hard so that things will be better and the company will be able to go back to building assets again’.”
Just see? Every item of work puts us to the further phase of it and there is nothing like a full stop or even a semicolon in our performance. So, the joy that you look for must be brought right before the commencement of the work, while commencing, after commencement, during its progress as well as during its fruition plus planning the next item, next project on the basis of the fruition. This is what Krishna says:
It is a cycle or a wheel that goes on revolving. It never stops.
Harih Om Tat Sat Jai Guru.