The ancient works of literature of the Sanatan Dharma that are written by the great sages are truly timeless in the wisdom they highlight. One of this Literature that contains timeless wisdom and principles that are potential enough to uplift our life even this modern time is ‘Bhagavad Gita’.
The Sanskrit meaning of the name Bhagavad Gita is “The Song of God”. It is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharata and this collection of the shlokas is one of the first motivational speeches recorded in the history of humankind.
Bhagwan Shri Krishna motivated Arjuna to perform his duty and fight the ‘Dharma Yuddha’. Shri Krishna enlightened the heart and mind of Arjuna with truly timeless wisdom which motivated Arjuna to pick-up the weapons and performs his duty.
The shloka “योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ” is a part of verse 50 from chapter 2 of the scripture. It highlights the need and way to perform one’s action.
Detachment to the results is the key to performing One’s Action Skillfully.
When we perform our duty based on the attachment to the outcome, then we will fail to perform that task skilfully. The ego that manifests due to the attachment to the outcome will hinder us when the outcome fails to match the expectation.
The feeling that everything should work in accordance with my plan will push you in the quagmire of negative emotions which will force to doubt yourself and will persuade you to give up.
This verse will help you to develop a positive mindset and will motivate you to persevere in the trying times. When we perform our duty skillfully without any attachments to the results, we will be able to stay undeterred by the outcome of that result.
The term Kaushalam in the verse means Excellence in the Action. The act of performing the action without any attachments to the result will improve our concentration and enhance our skills as we become free from worrying about the outcome.