Today's [24th August 2009] lecture is from Ammaji Mandir. As we enter Raja Gopuram, we come across Dwajasthambam. Further inside is the Maha Mantapam. Then is the Arda Mantapam. Sri Utsavar is Sri Rama standing at the center. He is holding His bow, Kodandam. On His side is Lakshmana, ever ready to serve Sri Rama. On the other side is, Sri Sita. Nearby is Sri Nartana Krishna, dancing! Next is Vishvaksena, the commander. Sri Balaji of Tirumala is also gracing here. Sri Ranganatha, the Lord, Who was worshiped by Sri Rama, is also here in a separate sannidhi. In this sannidhi, there is another set of Sri Rama, Sri Sita and Lakshmana! There is another sannidhi of Azhvars and Acharyas. We can see Nammalwar, Tirumangai Alwar, Swami Ramanuja, Swami Alavandar, etc. With all their blessings we are going to see how a karta or doer, sould be in satvika quality. We have already seen the Three types of Gyana and Three types of Karma. Now, in sloka 26, the Lord describes the types of Kartas. He who understands Vedas and performs Karma, is Karta. Now sloka 26:
siddhyasiddhyor nirvikāraḥ kartā sāttvika ucyate 18.26
Karta = [such a] doer, sattvika ucyate = is called Satvika [Karta]. Mukta sanga = sacrificed attachmants. That is abandoning kartrutva buddhi [feeling of I-am-doing], mamata [karma is for-me] and phalam [desire for rewards]. Anaham vadi = never speaking that [karma was] for self. He never tells that the karma was done by him. That is he always tells that karma was done by Him, the Lord. That is Kartrutva buddhi tyagam. Normally, satvika persons, would think what comes out as speech. So, here even though he does not tell that he was doing, it is implied that he was having that feeling in mind also. Dhrti = [with] determination, utsahasamanvita = full of involvement. Normally, people show involvement, if they would derive some benefits. But here, the Lord says that the Karta was uninterested in rewards, but interested in performing Karma. This is what present management experts also advise. Siddhi asiddhi = accomplishment or not, nirvikara = not changing. That is while doing a karma, whether it is successful or failure, the performer is unaffected. Earlier the Lord says detachment in rewards. Here, even when the objective of the karma is not accomplished, this person performing the karma, does not show any change in his feeling. Such a person is Satvika Karta. His attributes are:
- Total detachment.
- Never boasts.
- Resolute in performing karma.
- Full involvement.
- Unaffected by results.