Chapter 3 Verse 13 – Karma Yoga

Sloka

Naiva tasya kritenaartho naakriteneha kashchana;
Na chaasya sarvabhooteshu kashchidartha vyapaashrayah.

Translation

For him there is no interest whatsoever in what is done or what is not done;
nor does he depend on any being for any object.

Interpretation

In this shloka Lord Krishna tells about a person who has mastered the art of doing things with his soul. Here Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that it is important for the person to attain the stage of the sage. He says that a sage who rejoices in his own Self does not gain anything by doing any action. He also says that for such kind of person there is no real purpose that is served by engaging in any action. Even if he is in the state of inaction no evil can touch him. He does not lose anything by being inactive.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

The focus of this shloka is inaction. A sage can remain in the state of happiness and bliss even in the state of inaction. How is it possible? Have you seen a person meditating? When a person is meditating what is he doing? Is it the state of action or inaction? It is the state of inaction, because that person who is in the state of meditation experiences a bliss and rejoices in his own self. He would not be doing any action. But this kind of stage is not easy to achieve.

It is easy to do work, than to remain in the state of inaction. Imagine a situation where you have to sit idle without doing anything. You cannot stay for long. Within minutes you will switch on to TV or check your mobile or turn on the laptop. It is difficult for you to remain without doing anything. But look at a sage who sits in meditation for hours. He knows how to control his senses perfectly. So, he engages in meditation to attain peace. For him it is easy to remain inactive for hours. He mastered that art. Nothing can disturb him. Such kind of person is called Yogi!