Which actions must one never renounce? || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavad Gita (2020)

October 31, 2020 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): Sir, it’s being said, “Renunciation of obligatory action is not proper.”

What is meant by ‘obligatory action’? Is Shri Krishna talking about my social responsibilities or something else?

Acharya Prashant (AP): No. First of all, the English word ’obligatory’ is not quite proper. Shri Krishna says, “Niyat Karma. Niyatam Karma Kuru.” A more befitting word would be ’destined action’, not ’obligatory action’. It is not ‘Nirdharit Karma’ (pre-ordained or pre-determined action), it is ‘Niyat Karma’. It’s not quite an obligation. It is the only real option. It is your destiny.

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Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More