Arpita Shah

A Sutra and Bhagava Gita Study

The famous chant from BHAGAVAD GITA:
Karmanye Vaadhika-raste, Maa Phaleshu Kadachana; Maa karma-phala-hetur-bhoorma, MaTe sangostwakarmini.
Your right is to work only,
But never to its fruits; Let not the fruits of action be thy motive, Nor let thy attachment be to inaction.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter II, Verse 47.
Sutra 2.7
Excessive attachment is based on the assumption that it will contribute to everlasting happiness.
Pleasure is often times followed by attachment. In this sutra Patanjali wanted us to look at all of our attachments’ and determine if those attachments are the pattern of our emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual attachments. Pleasure always comes from holding on to things that you like, and pain is always followed by aversion of the things that you dislike. When a particular things or person gives us pleasure our energy travels along with the mind to that person or things as a result and we can get so attached to it. We can’t image our life to live without those things and this is what Raga (attachment) is. For example we always think that eating chocolate or having a new car will give us a new happiness in life. However we fail to realize that the chocolate or the new car has not given us any new happiness, but it just triggered the old happiness within us.
When we rely on something or someone for our happiness the balance of energy and mind is tipped outside. As an outcome of this we are unable to find the centered state of being with us. Finally one should not get oneself confused that excessive attachments are based on assumption that it will contribute an everlasting happiness. Eventually all attachment will need to be released to find peaceful contentment and liberation from this wheel of Karma.