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The word Action has a huge significance in Indian/Eastern philosophy. In fact, one of the ways to interpret the word Yoga is to think of Action. We also are very much familiar with the term Karma (Fruits of Action) and its significance in our everyday life.
Let me expand the three kinds of Action as I have understood:
- Performing duties to fulfill the expectations posed into us by the society, friends and family.
- The mind is mostly restless with ever-growing material needs/desires.
- There is a strong attachment to the outcomes of the actions.
- There is a conflict between the Heart and the Mind.
- External world is given a higher priority than one’s own inner being.
- There is pleasure and pain, success and failure, happiness and depression, health and disease. i.e., there is duality.
- To simply put, this implies non-utilization or under-utilization of resources (The mind, the senses and the body) to live in Harmony.
- This involves serious laziness.
- This is ignorance of extreme kind.
- This leads to disease, and death.
3. Actionless Action (Righteousness = Dharma):
- This involves doing actions only for the sake of bringing more and more Peace, Harmony and Health into our lives and other sentient beings.
- This involves renunciation of the desired or non-desired results of the action.
- There is no space for panic attacks, depression, or ego-based pride.
- The thinking mind is in its true “Home” – the Heart. There is no conflict between each other.
- There is no one external to be pleased and nothing to chase.
- It is, therefore, possible to perform the action using a ‘single-pointed’ mind and pure dedication (the success probability is higher + inner contentment is guaranteed).
- Most importantly, pleasure and pain are alike to the doer as she is in touch with her inner being.
Jesus Christ says “And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:“. Here, the lilies of the field perform Actionless Action.
Krishna says “Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions.“
Still not clear? Let’s talk in comments! 🙂