कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥
Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana,
Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani
I remember my father repeating this verse thousand times and saying it’s his favorute and his words keep in working don’t worry about the result (fruit as per the verse). While I did not understand much at that time and kept on thinking on how could a person work without expecting a result.
Literally in a simple way the verse means
“Keep on working without expecting a result
If you work expecting a result you may end up losing interest”
Now that’s something totally different to what we see today and everyone is running towards achieving results. Not only that we expect the gratification to be immediate and in a short span.
So how do we evaluate that the verse is true in the current scenario. As what the verse means that a person should do his duty work continuously and not expect results.
So I went back to read some of the successful people of the last century and saw many similarity or pattern for their success. Were they average or brilliant people who succeeded in their life. From Churchil to Thomas Edison to Sanders a similarity was clearly evident. All of them were not exceptional, deemed averages at times, even written by the so called experts of the society.
Do read more about their success which would help you understand the concept of the verse even better.
Sanders a person who retired at 65 penniless made 1009 calls before he heard a Yes for his recipe. Did he focus on his result probably not had he put focuss on the result and not enjoyed the journey he would have possible failed and walked out as a failure. As 1009 calls are too many to await for a result.
Thomas Edison failed 1000 times before the bulb was invented, when asked how did he feel failing 1000 times his answer was simply “Inventing a bulb was a 1000 step invention” again it stresses on what the verse’s second line lays emphasis in Geeta. If you focuss to much on the result you would lose interest and not do what is required. Did Edison understand the success mantra of enjoying the journey rather than the result.
So what I find evident from the above is that we all need to work or act continuously and not worry on the outcome. We need to enjoy the journey under all conditions, specially under adverse conditions, be neutral to the fact that we would not succeed every time. But if we keep on our path act, work continuously the success is imminent.
Wish you all the very best