Actionlessness (Inaction in action) (Gita)


Last post was about the renunciation of all actions, practically equivalent to detachment or dispassion and the sign of wisdom. In the following quotation the word Sannyasa appears:

Possessing a mind unattached to everything, self-controlled, void of all desires, he attains the accomplishment of perfect actionlessness through Sannyasa (Gita,18-49)

In Shankara’s commentary (the great Indian philosopher and sage) Sannyasa is seen as either right knowledge or renunciation of action (as per last entry’s quot.) What is right knowledge in relation to action?

He who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, he is the wisest of all men; he has a poised mind, and he alone has done all that had to be done. (Gita,4-18)

Sannyasa ultimately consists in one’s realization of the identity of the eternally actionless Atman (Spirit or Self) with his or her own Self. (Satchidanandendra Saraswati)

(Next, we may talk about the meaning and import of another ‘difficult’ word: Nididhyasana)

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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