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.