Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 71: When a man acts without longing, having relinquished all desires and free from the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine,’ he attains to peace.

A man of established intellect 'acts without longing' because he lives absorbed in the Self: lasting inner contentment, the very purpose of all desires and actions, has been achieved and is experienced at all times. There is nothing to long for and no need to take action.

Deep within he remains detached from desires and the actions they seed (2.57) — 'having relinquished all desires.' Desires still occur on the surface level of the mind. But these are Nature's desires to further evolution (2.51, 2.61) and consequently, there is no sense of ‘I' and ‘mine’ associated with them.

 

Truly, 'acting without longing, having relinquished all desires and free from the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine' he 'attains to peace' of mind; indeed, he attains to happiness (2.66, 2.70). 

copyright commentary Keith R Parker