Action and Its Abandonment in Mathnavi and the Bhagavad Gita

Document Type : Research Paper



The present paper consists of three sections. In the first section, among other issues of the brief introduction, there is reference to Mathnasvi and the Bhagavad Gita, demonstrating several debates and concepts, one of which is the meaning of Action and doing religious duties. It is of highest significance to compare and contrast the two central concepts- Karma and religious duties- in the two suggested texts. Here in this section, it is stated that Karma is essentially as a means and a cause to attain to God and that it is Karma not its abandonment as the true status of human beings in this world.
In the second section, the paper focuses on the nature, the true origin of Karma, and its various types. It is claimed that based on the given reports in  Mathnasvi and the Bhagavad Gita, human beings' Karma  may differ from a person to a person because of their different intentions. Some people obtain Karma out of fear, of habit, of love,and of faith. But, it is concluded that the fundamental reality of Karma is to heed the Karma per se.
The third section turns to the subject of Karma abandonment. Here, it is interpreted that pure non-Karma (non-action), abandonment of worldly belongings and non-attachments to everything are reportedly related to the ramifications of Karma. Thus, it is suggested that Karma in these texts means abandoning worldly belonging that is derived from Karma. Namely, it is the position that the Mystic attains beyond the valid intentions of this materialistic world.
This paper aims at analyzing the subject of Karma in Mathnasvi and the Bhagavad Gita, relying on the inter-textual approach. Afterwards, it turns to the necessity, the nature, and the true origin of Karma and its abandonment in the two mentioned texts.


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