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Ravi Chandran

Bhagavad Gita :Work remaining in the zone of Satvik Guna

In Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna spoke about the work ethics employed by human beings situated in the three modes of nature. Let us first learn what GOD Krishna elaborated upon a performer in Satvik Guna.

A Person situated in Satvik Guna (mode of goodness) would not show arrogance or false ego of being the doer. He would perform the respective duties dissociating with the three modes of nature knowing its adverse implications. Being in complete knowledge of the influence of modes of nature (Satvik Guna, Rajo Guna and Tamo Guna ), he would discharge all responsibilities with immense zeal, integrity and determination without bothering about success or debacle.

In Bhagavad Gita, GOD Krishna has defined a quality laden phenomenal worker. A human being should not be identified through his/her physical appearance or the standard of living. They are best distinguished by the parameters they adopt while performing a work and the qualitative discharge of the work . In the society, we have top faces who qualify to be a Satvik worker as they carry out the manifold assignments with greater efficacy.

One such example that strikes in mind is the Metro man Sh. E. Sreedharan. When at the helm of affairs in Delhi Metro Rail Corpoation (DMRC), he used to ensure that the projects are completed well within the deadline and also used to ensure high quality dispensation of work by his team. In one of the interviews, he said that while appointing a person in DMRC, he used to give the person a copy of Bhagavad Gita and embolden him to adhere to the principles of Karma Yoga as he and his team believes in the laws of actions articulated in Bhagavad Gita .

Another example that comes to mind is film maker Sh. B.R. Chopra. Mr. Chopra made the hugely successful Mahabharata for television audience. The visual/audio logo of his enterprise contains verse 47 from Chapter two of Bhagavad Gita :
“karmaṇy evādhikāras te
mā phaleṣu kadācana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr
mā te sańgo ‘stv akarmaṇi

Which says that
“You have the right to perform the prescribed duty but do have any say in the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of results of your activities and never relinquish your duties”.

The result of Sh. B.R Chopra’s splendid work became an immortal magnum opus ‘Mahabharata’. He too emphasizes upon the quality of work as per the laws of actions enunciated in Bhagavad Gita. There are many such paradigms of excellence in society who are showered with accolades and lauded for their exemplary work ethics. These renowned personalities dedicate the success to the teachings of Bhagavad Gita.

A person who works staying in the mode of Satvik Guna not only receives laurels for his work but also inspires others to perform their respective duties remaining in the zone of Satvik guna ( the mode of goodness).