Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3 verse 4: Not by abstention from action does a man achieve nonaction. And not by renunciation alone does he approach perfection.

 

In Cosmic Consciousness we live in 'nonaction.' He remains detached and uninvolved ('He has no attachments') to desires and actions, and lives in quiet inner awareness of outer experiences. This is Cosmic Consciousness. One is cosmically (everywhere and at all times) aware of their absolute and unbounded inner nature, the Self. Distinctions between waking, sleeping and dreaming evaporate. Conscious awareness remains uninvolved, separate from activity and witnessing, as it were, life unfold. Living in the evenness of unbounded contentment of Self (2.48) ‘neither overly rejoicing nor deeply saddened on gaining what is pleasant or unpleasant.’ " (quote from 2.57).

We achieve 'abstention from action' by withholding from action. The act of withholding locks us into 'bondage to action' (2.39)  via the desire to abstain from it. Abstention is a far cry from detached and desireless nonaction of Cosmic Consciousness achieved through acts of contemplation or service (3.03). At best abstention is mood making, provides only a false and pretentious sense of nonaction and is, in fact, mere idleness, if not lassitude.  

We achieve perfection when we reach nonaction at the highest level of cosmic life. Having gained desireless nonaction in Cosmic Consciousness our actions follow Natures desire to further evolution.* Cosmic Consciousness reached, evolution continues; we naturally 'approach perfection' of nonaction in God Consciousness. 

 

*Desires seed actions. If we're desireless and still act, where do the desires we act upon come from? Nature, Nature's desire to further evolution (2.512.612.642.71). 

copyright commentary Keith R Parker