thus, for love of the fruit, he desires to perform paradharma,
the action that rightly belongs to others, he will let slip the
fruit also; he will have no steadiness in life. The attachment to
action will cling to his mind. Attachment even for sattvik
actions should be avoided. If you wish to perform such a variety of saattvik
action, into them too rajas and tamas will enter.
Therefore, perform only the saattvik
action that falls to you naturally and easily as your svadharma.
15. Swadeshi dharma,
the national dharma, svajatiya dharma, communal dharma;
and svakalina dharma, the dharma of the age - all
these come together in svadharma, one's own dharma.
These three combine to make up svadharma. To determine one's svadharma,
one should consider what is helpful and appropriate to one's nature
and situation, and what duty falls to one.
You have in you something unique and
your own, your 'you-ness', and that is why you are 'you'. In every
individual there is something distinctively his own. The development
of a goat depends on its retaining its goat-ness. It should remain a
goat in order to grow. It is not for the goat to wish to be a cow.
It is impossible for it to give up the goat-ness that has come to it
through nature. It would have to give up its body, and take a new
birth and a new dharma. But in this birth, goat-ness is
sacred to it.