| The art of akarma - learn it from the saints
10. How does karma become akarma - how does action become inactivity, and inactivity become action?
From whom can we learn this art? From the saints, of course. At the end of the Fourth Chapter, the Lord says,
"Go to the saints and learn from them." In describing how karma becomes akarma, the powers of language are
To see it fully, we have to sit at the feet of the saints. The Lord is pictured as
"santakaram bhujagasayanam" - he is asleep and at rest on the coiled power of
Sesha, the thousand headed serpent. In the same way, the saints, though engaged in a
thousand action, do not allow a ripple to arise in the still waters of
their mind. One can never understand this miracle until one goes to a saint and sees it.
11. Now-a-days books have become very cheap. For an anna or
two, one can get books like the Gita and "Manache Slok" (a Marathi
book by Samarth Ramdas). And of gurus there is no lack. Education too is widely
spread and costs little. Universities seem to distribute knowledge in neat little packets. But
no one seems to be satisfied with feeding of this nectar of knowledge.
The more one looks at this mountain of books, the more one realizes how necessary it is to
serve the saint. It looks as though wisdom is held fast within the thick
binding of these books, and cannot come out.