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Yoga and the Art of Action

 Edited by Marco Ferrini

To attain success we must first elaborate and define a project, envisioning the best organization on which to base our action, initially on an ethical level and considering the outcome.

The organization that we choose is not the only component for its success, but is the most important.

It implies the choice of fundamental elements regarding the action, among which:

 

  • 1)  motivation and outcome
  • 2) where and to whom our actions are directed
  • 3) the “rules of the game”

Once the venture is well organized, our action becomes surprisingly simple, running smoothly because  correct planning already entails the seeds of success and is actually the motor of success that has merely to manifest itself in time as the action unfolds, carrying out our intent and goals (professional, social, familial, etc..).

When correct organization is lacking it is impossible to attain the desired results: we can  make great efforts, invest enormous energy but our only results will be fatigue, discouragement, even depression and a sense of failure.

Without  correct organization action is agitation with all of the natural consequences: confusion, insecurity, uncertainty, inconstancy, error. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna explains: “[...] The intelligence of those lacking in this determination is lost in many directions” (II.41).

Errors commited generate contrasts which create conflict giving birth to a disastrous process whose effects also reverberate on a deep personal level: the disasters or failures in our daily life drain our material resources as well as our joy, serenity, psycho-physical strength, harmony and health, weakening our self esteem.

Action is successful when it is organized well with lucidity, foresight, ethics and common sense in order to enact with coherence and constancy the prefixed goals. At that point everything reveals itself extraordinarily favorable to attaining our goal, even the people we meet “by chance” or the so called accidents or surprises along the way,  can be transformed into opportunities for recognizing and overcoming our limits.

I often say: the author creates the work, but the work also creates the author. In other words: we make an action and at the same time the action is making us (according to the laws of karma) and transforming us, for better or for worse, according to our behavior.

This art of  acting  is defined in the Bhagavad-gita (II.50), with the sanscrit expression “karmasu kaushalam” (lit. “art in action”). Yoga is  in fact the art of action.

Marco Ferrini