Chapter 18 Moksha Sanyyas Yoga Verse 10
Na dweshtyakushalam karma kushale naanushajjate;
Tyaagee sattwasamaavishto medhaavee cchinnasamshayah.
The man of renunciation, pervaded by purity, intelligent and with his doubts cut asunder,
does not hate a disagreeable work nor is he attached to an agreeable one.
This shloka talks about a person who has attained mastery over the sattwik renunciation. In the previous shloka we have understood the sattwik renunciation, this shloka explains about the nature of the person who undertakes the sattwik renunciation. Lord Krishna says that the sattwik person is filled with purity and intelligence and the one who has cleared all his doubts and doesnt look at anything with doubt. Such a person if he walks the path of renunciation and in the process does not differentiate the work that he doesnt like from the one he likes such kind of a person is a person of sattwik renunciation.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
There is no work in this world which is agreeable or disagreeable. For a person with sattwik renunciation, he sees all the works and all the areas equally. He never differentiates that this is a good work or that subject is a bad subject etc. For him everything is same. As I talk about this shloka, my mind goes to “Gurudev” Rabindranath Tagore. He is one of the greatest souls that walked the earth in the previous century. He lived for 80 long years between 1861 and 1941 and all these 80 years he was a worshipper of knowledge and led a life embracing all forms of knowledge that was available at that time. He was probably the only person in the World who gave national anthems of two countries, India and Bangladesh and was the source of inspiration for Sri Lankan national anthem.
Tagore was the first Indian to get a noble prize for his work Geetanjali. If one observes the range of things Tagore says it will give you a glimpse and depth of his life and philosophy. Here are some of the quotes:
1. “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
2. “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
3. “Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are; Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words; Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you; Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart”
4. “Men are cruel, but Man is kind. ”
5. “We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.”
If you try to understand the above quotes, it takes you to depths. Tagore was a dramatist who wrote extensively for theatre, wrote short stories, wrote novels, wrote poems and also songs. His compositions are preserved as Rabindra sangeet and has 2,230 songs. Even today on every occasion Rabindra sangeet is recited in Bengal. Apart from that Tagore was an actor, teacher, painter, philosopher, dancer as well as singer. He was also a scientist who learnt medicine and taught the same at Shanti Niketan and Viswa bharati University. His entire life went in service of mankind and he embraced everything that came his way. Can you think of a better person than Tagore even after 80 years of his death? Such rare souls are categorized in sattwik renunciation.