कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ||Gita,2.47 || Translation of this shloka is:
You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.
It’s difficult to comprehend that how can we not expect the fruits out of our Actions, It’s convenient to think such principles were applicable only till Dvapara yuga. We can read it,appreciate it,but find it difficult to apply.
So lets try to dissect some sense and application of this Shloka in the current scenario.
We are Nutured with the idea that we need to work for results like getting good grades in school, Ranks for Colleges, Targets in Jobs, Scores in sports etc.Everyone talks about Results, No ones talks about Performance ( Karma Yoga), let us trace some side effects of this:
1. Result orientation can make one wary of failures, we may refuse to undertake great
activities. Risk appetite fails to get nourished.
2. Sucide are just not acceptable, Results Oriented attitude leads to Devastation due to failure thus leading one to take such a drastic step.
3. ‘Performance Reports’ are given more weightage than the ‘Performance’ itself. If the managers start spending significant time on the performance rather than making the report they might get the desired ‘Result’. 4. Depression is mainly caused because of not getting what we hoped for. External pressure and the unquenched thirst to get Results makes one depressed.
The confusion that we have in understanding this shloka is that when Lord Krishna says you have no right to the results, it merely suggests that you swap your pre-occupation with results and
have a process Orientation.Results will follow.When one gets lost into work, the
traditional barriers of efficiency is broken and the individual treads into
extraordinary performances borne out of inspiration. Perhaps, understanding this simple idea from the Shloka made Nobel Laureate, Great Scientists and Visionary leaders spend several years of their time doing the Karma yoga and creating History.