Quote 8: The Bhagavad-Gita’s prescription

“But we must not forget that the law of karma and its inevitable consequences operate in all the spheres (including, of course, our politics and economics). It was this great wisdom which Krishna imparted to Arjuna by telling him to know the very grammar of karma (the Bhagavad-Gita IV 17). The neo-liberals, supply-siders, the votaries of the present-day economic globalization, and the compradors of all the hues, must note that we do not garner miracles, we reap only consequences of our acts. The Bhagavad-Gita sets forth the inexorable law when it says :

The logic of karma is inexorable. If things go wrong, we ourselves are to be blamed. Man is free to choose his salvation or damnation. The Bhagavad-Gita teaches us the supreme art of living.

Dharma, as Medhatithi says, means kartavya which is generally translated as ‘duties’. We know Deguit’s view that ‘duty’ is the basic force at work in the social matrix involving the factors of solidarity and interdependence. ‘Duty’ is an individual’s perception of what is right in a given situation, and what is required to be done for the weal of self and for the welfare of all others. Tilak quotes a shloka that goes to say: “those, who give up the duties, which Dharma demands to be discharged, but devotes time simply reciting ‘Hari’, ‘Hari’, are really enemies of Hari, as the Lord had taken birth only to protect Dharma.”

Shiva Kant Jha’s ON THE LOOM OF TIME The Portrait of My Life and Times Chapt. 20 at pp. 267


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