Happy Krishna Janmashtami

This here is my favourite verse from the Gita. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. When I was in school, we’d start each day chanting any one full chapter from the Gita. There is a rhythm and way to chant the Gita that was taught to us by the teacher.However, the teacher wouldn’t explain the meaning of the Sanskrit verses. We were all told to carry these pocket-sized Gitas with Sanskrit verses and English translations and if I liked how any verse or chapter sounded then I’d refer to its meaning. I’m amazed at how my memory has retained this childhood training – I can still chant several chapters from memory, especially the 12th one of the 18, my personal favourite about Bhakti Yoga. This verse here is one of the most popular ones and also something I’ve always believed in and try to practice in my day life :

“karmany evadhikaras te
ma phalesu kadachana
ma karma-phala-hetur bhur
ma te sango ’stv akarmani” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 47)

“कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन । मां कर्मफलहेतुर्भू: मांते संङगोस्त्वकर्मणि” ।।
(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 47)

“Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 47)

Happy Janmashtami