Three Kinds of Action (Yoga)

I’m glad you’re here to share the VoidSpace with me today!

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:


1. Action:

  • 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.

2. Non-Action:

  • 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.

Feeling confused?

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! πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “Three Kinds of Action (Yoga)

  1. This was enlightening for me to read. I guess something to ask oneself before acting might be β€œis this just trying to fulfill a need from my wandering mind or will this help towards a common goal?”… The latter seems like it would bring more of a sense of purpose into life. Haha, hopefully I’m on the right track with understanding this. πŸ™‚

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    1. Andrea, I really appreciate your time and energy in reading this and nice to meet you!

      There are different layers to embody the Truth(s). So, we are always on the ‘right’ track. πŸ™‚

      How about doing the latter even before asking oneself? πŸ™‚ Because the latter, as you said, would bring a sense of purpose into life – which can be felt deep within the Heart. That unshakable Peace, once established, will drive us effortlessly into action (you may visualize those lilies).

      It’s tuning directly into our inner being first, (and that usually doesn’t require reasoning), then doing the tasks of the external world. We will be less bothered by the success and failure.

      Does it make sense to you? πŸ™‚

      (In any case, I rephrased the post to express myself much better)

      -V

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