Victory Achieved

Slowly, steadily and successfully we are now climbing up the last rung of
the Gita-Ladder. Here we shall almost have the quintessence of the entire
SONG.<br>
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Arjuna wishes to learn the nature of abstaining from action and the nature
of renouncing the results of action and also the difference between these
two.<br>
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The Lord tells him that Sannyasa is abstention from the desire-prompted action,
Tyaga is the renunciation of the fruits of action.<br>
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Sannyasa and Sankhyayoga are identical, while Tyaga and Karmayoga are identical.<br>
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To our widest surprise, even now in India there is a blind belief that a
realised soul does not work or cannot work or even is not supposed to work
on the physical plane. Alas, the poor realised soul has to cut off his existence
from the activities of the world! If such is the case, then I believe that
self-realisation is nothing short of a severe punishment, an undesirable
achievement, loaded with the heavy weight of futile frustration.<br>
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To be sure, a realised person is he who has liberated himself from the snares
of stark bondage. If he does not work with his body, mind, heart and soul
in the world, for the world, and if he does not help the seekers on the Path,
then who else is competent to lead the struggling, crying and aspiring humanity
to its destined Goal?<br>
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For liberation, renunciation is essential. Renunciation does not mean the
extinction of the physical body, the senses, and the human consciousness.
Renunciation does not mean that one has to be millions of miles away from
world activities. Renunciation does not say that the world is the fools?
paradise.<br>
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True renunciation not only breathes in this world, but divinely fulfils the
life of the world.<br>
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The Upanishad has taught us: ?Enjoy through renunciation.? Let us try it.
Unmistakably we shall succeed.<br>
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Right action is good. Desireless action is better. Dedication of the fruits
to the Lord is verily the best. This dedication is called the true Tyaga.<br>
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Some spiritual teachers hold that action is an unnecessary evil. It leads
man to perpetual bondage. So they violently and proudly assert that all action,
with no exception, must be ruthlessly shunned. Sri Krishna graciously illumines
their folly. He says that Yagna (sacrifice), Dana (self-giving), Tapa (self-discipline)
must not be shunned, for Yagna, Dana and Tapa are the true purifiers. Needless
to say, even these actions must be performed without the slightest attachment.<br>
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Renunciation of duty to humanity is never an act of spiritual realisation
or even an act of spiritual awakening. The bliss of freedom is not for him
who forsakes duty for fear of bodily displeasure and mental suffering. His
false and absurd anticipation will undoubtedly lead him to the world of ignorance,
where he will be compelled to dine with fear, anxiety and despair.<br>
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He is a man of true renunciation who neither hates a disagreeable action
when duty demands it, nor is eager to perform only good and agreeable action.<br>
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The Lord says: ?To renounce all action completely is not possible for an
embodied soul. He who renounces the fruit of action is the true renouncer.?<br>
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When desire is totally rejected and personal gain is sincerely not wanted
by a seeker, then only perfect freedom shines within and without him.<br>
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The Gita is the revelation of spirituality. Sooner or later all must take
to spirituality. There need not and cannot be any compulsion. To force others
to accept the spiritual life is an act of stupendous ignorance. A real Guru
knows that his is not the role of a Commander-in-Chief. He never orders even
his dearest disciples. He just awakens and illumines their consciousness
so that they can see the truth, feel the truth, follow the truth and finally
become the truth.<br>
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In numerous ways Sri Krishna has imparted the most inspiring wisdom to Arjuna.
At the end he says: ?Arjuna, having reflected on wisdom fully, do as you
like.?<br>
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Something more Sri Krishna has to say: ?Arjuna, My supreme word, My inmost
secret of all, I tell you. To you I unfold My heart?s secret, for dear to
Me you always are. Offer your love to Me. Devote yourself to Me. Bow to Me.
Give Me your heart. You will without fail come to Me. This I promise you.
Arjuna, you are dear to Me. Surrender all earthly duties to Me. Seek your
sole haven in Me. Fear not, grieve not, I shall liberate you from all sins.?<br>
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Truth is to be offered only to the earnest seekers. Sri Krishna sweetly cautions
Arjuna that the truth that Arjuna has learned from Him is not to be offered
to a man with no faith, no devotion, and no self-discipline. No, not for
him Sri Krishna?s supreme Truth, whose life is tinged with mockery and blasphemy.<br>
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Now Sri Krishna wants to know if Arjuna has understood Him, His revelation.
He also wants to know if Arjuna is freed from the grip of delusion and the
snares of ignorance.<br>
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?Krishna, my sole Saviour, gone is my delusion. Destroyed is my illusion.
Wisdom I have received. Thy Grace has done it, Thy Grace supreme. Firmly
do I stand freed from doubts. My doubts are no more. I am at Thy command.
Thy command I implore. I am ready. I shall act.?<br>
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The human soul has gloriously succeeded in emptying all his ignorance-night
into the Transcendental Soul of Eternal Light. The Transcendental Soul has
triumphantly sung the Song of Infinity, Eternity and Immortality in the aspiring
heart of the human consciousness.<br>
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Victory, victory to the crying and bleeding heart of the finite. Victory,
victory to the Compassion-flood and the Illumination-sky of the Infinite.<br>
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Victory of the world within glows! Victory of the world without grows!<br>
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Victory achieved. Victory realised. Victory revealed. Victory manifested.<br>
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Sri Chinmoy&nbsp;