Whenever you do the work of God, do not aspire any fruit from Him.

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Whenever you do the work of God, do not aspire any fruit from Him.

Swami replied: Arjuna came to Kurukshetra to fight with enemies in order to get back his kingdom.

He thought that the war is his case and Krishna was helping him in his case like an advocate helping the petitioner in his case filed in a court. Arjuna thought that since he is the owner of the case, he can withdraw the case whenever he likes to do so. If the petitioner is not interested to fight the case, the advocate will have no interest to argue it.

Arjuna thought that it was not proper to kill his grandfather and teacher for the sake of wealth. His point was also justified. But, Krishna turned the tables diagonally opposite by enlightening Arjuna through the Gita. The analysis of Krishna revealed that the war was His work. Krishna revealed that He is God descended in human form on the earth (Manusheen Tanumashritam…) and wants to destroy the evil forces to establish justice.

Therefore, the war becomes the work of God. The advocate turned to be the petitioner of the case and therefore, the case cannot be withdrawn. If the petitioner turns away, the advocate will introduce his name in the name of the petitioner and the case will be re-filed in the court. Krishna made it clear that He is going to destroy the evil forces and since the grandfather and the teacher are the supporters of the injustice, both have to be also killed. Arjuna thought that it is better to kill the evil forces along with his grandfather and teacher and thereby, get the grace of God. If he withdraws from the war, both will not survive in any case and unnecessarily he will be the loser of the divine grace. Hence, he changed his opinion and fought the war.
Since God is greater than any worldly bond (Natatsamah… Veda), he was prepared to kill anybody for the sake of God. Except for this one valid point, Arjuna would have not fought even if the reason were the burning heart of his beloved wife, Draupadi. Now, the point is that the war is the work of God and not the materialistic work of Arjuna. The entire message of the Gita is in this context of the work done in the mission of God. Since the war is not the personal work of Arjuna, the message of the Gita cannot apply to the context of routine materialistic works. All the routine worldly works do not fall in the context of the Gita. Only the works of God in which you participate come under the context of the Gita.

Whenever you do the work of God, do not aspire any fruit from Him. The human being may forget the work done by you and may not reward you for your work but the omniscient and most generous God will never forget your work. If you aspire for the fruit, a limited fruit, which balances the value of your work will only be given by God. If you do not aspire, you will get unimaginable fruit. Draupadi bandaged the cut finger of Krishna with a piece of cloth torn from her sari and did not aspire for any fruit for doing that little service. Krishna gave her thousands of saris when she was attempted for unclothing.

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Just to note something...

"The human being may forget the work done by you and may not reward you for your work but the omniscient and most generous God will never forget your work."

Aspiring fruit from God is still aspiring fruits :-p. One should give from the overflowing heart.

The sentence you wrote above contradicts the title of this post, which is "Whenever you do the work of God, do not aspire any fruit from Him."


Omkaradatta | Wed, 01/21/2009 - 06:18
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One should not aspire any fruit from God in return for his servi

One should not aspire any fruit from God in return for his service to Him

God in human form as Lord Krishna asked Dharma Raja ( a devotee of God) to tell a lie and God tested him whether he can sacrifice the bond with justice for God. In this case Dharma Raja acknowledged Krishna as God already. But, for him, justice is above God and so he has limited real love to God. God is also pleased with him but the pleasure of God was also limited in giving the fruit. Saktuprastha ( a devotee who sacrificed the food to the Lord in human form even though he was in complete starvation for several days together) got Brahma Loka for his unlimited real love, where as Dharma Raja got the temporary heaven for his limited real love.

Therefore, the unlimited real love can give bliss to the Lord and the Lord will in return also loves you in unlimited manner. If the devotee can violate anybody and anything including the justice for God, God will also violate anybody and anything including His own constitution of justice for the sake of devotee.

If the devotee cannot violate certain bonds and justice, God also cannot violate the cycle of deeds for the sake of devotee. The quality and quantity of bread will be according to the quality and quantity of the flour used to prepare it. However, one should not concentrate on the bliss of God thinking that God will bless him in return.

The concentration on the bliss of God should be natural and spontaneous and really one should not aspire any fruit from God in return. If such idea is hidden in the devotee, God will keep silent after receiving the service without any reaction. The real color of the devotee will come out since God knows any secret hidden even in the subconscious state. One should not say such love is not possible. This is not correct. It is possible since such unlimited real love is seen in the case of the love of parents towards their child. You are working day and night for the sake of your child. At the end whatever is stored by your work is totally dedicated to your child. Here both these are the climax stages of Karma Sanyasa and Karma Phala Tyaga.

At the Lotus Feet of His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony

Universal Spirituality for World Peace

dattaswami2 | Wed, 01/21/2009 - 14:27
Michael ji Ramaprasad's picture

I think

I believe what Datta Swami was saying was that we should serve God out of love and not for the blessings, but that we should know that we will be blessed.

Do not seek the fruits but know that they are there.

I am not sure if I see the contradiction.

It depends on the level of devotion of the devotee. Sometimes some people feel that they have the need to get something in return for service and that is was gets them started in serving God. However, even they will loose themselves in the service and forget the fruits with time and focus on the love. Everyone is at different levels.

Michaelji Ramaprasad

Wú Míng(nameless) in truth

Michael ji Rama... | Wed, 01/21/2009 - 15:50
mika's picture

Calculated behavior of a merchant

You should worship god out of worshiping god. Words cannot describe it well as it is a matter of relationship, a sacred relationship with god.

If there is any knowledge / expectation / wishing / desire / possibility for any reword, even in the background, even in the back of the mind then it cannot stay anymore as a sacred relationship, it is the nature of the mind that it will be taken into account and then it is a simple commercial agreement, a bargain in the market: I will give you this (devotion), you will hopefully give me that (blessing).

This is why your love to a dog, a tree, a neighbor, a beggar in the street or to any other entity that embodies a reward for you should not be less than your love to god. If it is than your love and devotion to god is not pure, it is simply a calculated behavior of a merchant.

mika | Wed, 01/21/2009 - 16:19
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All bevavior driven by the egoic mind is self centered to the core. Nobody does anything without anticipated benefit. Even the getting lost in the love of service is motivated by a love of service for the feeling of love. It's arogance for a self to believe itself to be selfless. Selflessness results from the absence of a self. For what reason would one devote oneself to God with no anticipation of benefit? Out of the feeling of love? Then love is it's own reward. It's not evil to be a human with human needs and desires and motivations. It's okay. Let it be.

Phroggy | Wed, 01/21/2009 - 23:01