I have been working my way through Ira Schepetin’s talks
on the Bhagavad Gita. He says, we can learn from the book those practices which will help us realize that self. That only way to get free from desire is to know the self, which never had any desires. The self is that which is never changing. If it it changes it is not the self. The self is ever present, existing all the time, and in all space.
Here in Chapter two it discusses our actions, while the book in a practical sense encourages actions, those actions are a stepping stone to knowing the self. It also says, non action does not help us to know the self.
You have the right to your action.
but never to your actions’ fruits.
Act for the action’s sake.
And do not be attached to inaction.
Self-possessed, resolute, act
without any thought of results.
open to success or failure
Or to rephrase it in the language to Tao Te Ching
Do you work, then step back.
the only path to serenity.
Ira continues by asking questions about how actions we perform might be thought of as in service to others but also to self.
Thank you for thinking together and practicing together.