Only in right action can the result be forgotten || NIT Trichy (2021)

August 30, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): The Bhagavad Gita says, keep doing the work, don’t worry about the rewards. That has been my ideal in life—be a jack of all trades, do whatever gives you mental pleasure, and do it freely. If I want to do this, I just do this—that has been my motto.

I have been into many things in my life following this philosophy, but people around me have started to ask why I am not giving my full potential to some particular thing, like studies, for example, to get a good placement and such things. I have never listened to such advice, but these days I have started feeling a little guilty. It is a fast-changing, competitive world, and I cannot always stay as I am. What if the people around me are right?

So, how can I get rid of these feelings of guilt? I don’t want a big cheque; I want to check all the things on my bucket list!

Acharya Prashant (AP): See, the Gita is probably the most misunderstood scripture among the popular ones. The Gita doesn’t say at all that you must do whatever you do without


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