Ancient Wisdom for Modern Minds

In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become an unwelcome companion in our daily lives. The demands of work, relationships, and personal growth often leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from our true purpose. During these moments of chaos, we turn to ancient wisdom for guidance and solace.

The Bhagavad Gita, a revered scripture from India, offers profound insights into finding inner peace amidst the challenges of life. In Chapter 2, Verse 47 of the Bhagavad Gita, Shree Krishna imparts a powerful message that resonates with people across cultures and generations.

The verse states:

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |

मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || Bhagavad Gita 2.47 ||

karmany-evadhikaras te ma phaleshu kadachana

ma karma-phala-hetur bhur ma te sango ’stvakarmani

"You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction."

In this video,, Swami Mukundananda beautifully elaborates on the deep imports of this verse, allowing us to practically apply its timeless wisdom in our day-to-day lives.

Embrace the journey; transcend the outcome

At first glance, this Gita verse may seem perplexing. How can we detach ourselves from the outcomes of our actions? Isn't it natural to desire success or recognition for our efforts?

Shree Krishna reveals that the results are not merely a consequence of our efforts; rather several factors come into play such as destiny (our past karmas), the will of God, the efforts of others, the cumulative karmas of the people involved, the place and situation (a matter of luck), etc. If we don’t keep this in mind, we will experience anxiety whenever the results are not according to our expectations. 

The Bhagavad Gita reminds us that we have control over our actions but not over the outcomes. By focusing solely on performing our duties without being attached to the outcome, we free ourselves from unnecessary stress and anxiety. We learn to embrace the present moment fully while surrendering control over future results. Living with this mindset allows us to approach our responsibilities with a sense of detachment while maintaining commitment and dedication toward fulfilling them. We become liberated from worrying about whether our efforts will bear fruit or not, realizing that it is not within our control.

Further, this Bhagavad Gita verse also reminds us that inaction is not a solution either. Shree Krishna urges us not to shy away from taking action due to fear, laziness, or uncertainty. Instead, he encourages us to embrace our duties wholeheartedly, knowing that it is through action that we grow and evolve.

Applying these teachings of the Gita in our daily lives can have transformative effects. By focusing on the process rather than fixating on the outcome, we reduce stress. We become more present and mindful in our actions, allowing us to experience a deeper sense of fulfillment.

Imagine a world where individuals perform their duties sincerely yet remain detached from the outcome. It would create an environment where collaboration thrives, as people work together for a common goal without egoistic attachments. The pursuit of excellence would become a joyful journey rather than a burdened race.

Discover your higher purpose

Let us reflect upon this Bhagavad Gita verse and embrace our duties without attachment to outcomes, so we achieve a state of harmony within ourselves. May it serve as a guiding light during times of stress, reminding us that true fulfillment lies not in external achievements but in aligning ourselves with our higher purpose - performing our duties selflessly while surrendering the results to the divine.

The Bhagavad Gita helps us understand various concepts that play a significant role in our lives such as that of karma (the law of cause and effect). Lord Krishna teaches us that every action we take has consequences - both seen and unseen. To explore the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita on diverse topics such as karma, gyan, bhakti, our duties in life, etc., visit the Holy Bhagavad Gita Youtube Channel, (Youtube@HolyBhagavadGita) where Swami Mukundananda provides logical, easy to understand commentaries, verse by verse.

Conclusion: The Path to Enlightenment

In conclusion, Swami Mukundananda's exposition on Karma Yoga offers a transformative approach to work and life. By changing our attitude towards our duties, performing them with awareness, devotion, and detachment from the results, we can make every action a step towards spiritual growth and ultimate enlightenment.


  1. What is Karma Yoga?
    Karma Yoga is the spiritual practice of selfless action performed for the divine, without attachment to the outcomes.
  2. How does Karma Yoga reduce stress?
    By focusing on the effort rather than the fruit of action, Karma Yoga helps in releasing anxiety over results, thus reducing stress.
  3. Can I practice Karma Yoga in everyday life?
    Yes, Karma Yoga can be practiced in daily life by performing all actions with a sense of service and detachment from the results.

Relevant Sanskrit Quote:

"कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ||"
Translation: "You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction." (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 47)