The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan
Karma Yoga or the Method of Work
The Enemy is Desire and Anger
References and Context
- ya hi purusasya prakrtih sa ragadvesapurassaraiva svakarye purusam pravartayati. S.B.G., III, 34
- na jatu Kaman kamanam upabhogena samyati havisã krnavartmeva bhuya evabhivardhate. Man, II, 94. Cp. Spinoza: "For the things which men, to judge by their actions, deem the highest good are Riches, Fame or Sensual pleasure. Of these the last is followed by satiety and repentance, the other two are never satiated; the more we have, the more we want; while the love of fame compels us to order our lives by the opinions of others. But if a thing is not loved, no quarrels will arise concerning it, no sadness will be felt if it perishes, no envy if another has it, in short no disturbances of the mind. All these spring from the love of that which passes away, But the love of a thing eternal and infinite fills the mind wholly with joy, and is unmmgled with sadness. Therefore it is greatly to be desired, and to be sought with all our strength." De Intellects Emendations. The fundamental social crime is appropriation in any form whatever, class privilege, race discrimination or national egotism, for it involves pain to others. There is no answer to Wordsworth, "Novhere to blend our pleasure or our pride With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels." Hart-Leap Well.