Exploring Chapter 3 of the Gita
In these posts, I share some thoughts on parts of the above Gita chapter that I find inspiring in my everyday life. I hope that in them you, too, will find a treasure that can help lift you up above the day to day and see a bigger picture– and see your spirit’s place in it.
Chapter 3, Verse 9
Other than action
that has sacrifice
as its purpose,
action is bondage
in this world.
for this purpose,
free from attachment.
Sacrifice. Do we even know what that means anymore? My generation has been very blessed so far.
Many of us live lives very neatly removed from the pain and violence and war in our world today. We don’t know the sacrifice our fathers knew being shipped off to Vietnam or the pain of living through World Wars and great depressions. Those things don’t seem to make it onto social media these days.
Still, the Gita shares with us that only actions with sacrifice at their core are free from attachment.
What does it mean to make a choice based on sacrifice?
Honestly, I don’t know that I have the right answer for you. But for me this week it feels like it means putting someone else’s need and comfort in front of my own.
Do I want to wake up at two in the morning to feed my little daughter? No, but she needs me and so without question I do. How? Because I love her so deeply and unequivocally that the choice is clear.
What would it look like if that feeling of love permeated into all other areas of my life?
What if I loved those less fortunate than me so much that without question I gave to them instead of hoarding for myself?
This week, I will try to see the world as my child in need, crying in the night.
Truly namaste, Nicole