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What does the Bhagawad Gita say about Manifestation?

You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions – Chapter 2, Verse 47 Bhagavad Gita

This excerpt from the sacred Hindu text Bhagavad Gita always puzzled me. I could never fathom how this was even possible or practical. A hundred questions would pop up in my head- ‘what do you mean? So if I worked my butt off in this job, I shouldn’t expect a promotion?’

Since I started meditating and going within, the whole concept of ‘don’t expect a fruit to your actions’ started making a lot more sense.

Action & Karma explained

Before we dive into manifestation, let us give you a lowdown on what Action & Karma mean.

What is Action?

‘Doing.’ Action is an act. A doing of something. A doing of anything.

What is Karma?

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction- this is Karma. Karma is not the ‘you broke my heart and karma will get you #[email protected]#!!??##!’

Karma is the invisible(to average humans like us) law and order of the universe.

Intention & Karma

Say you are facing some emotional turmoil and you intentionally hurt someone, Karma will kick in, to rightful results. But if your intention, values did not lead to that act, Karma will also kick in to a different outcome.

Should you be scared of Karma?

We cannot quantify and calculate even with the best scientists and research what will be the result and accumulation of one’s action or a lifetime of actions. We do actions every day and every minute physically and mentally, so what we truly have control over is our intentions.

What has all this got to do with manifestation? While manifestation seems all the rage, there are these other universal rules that lie true. Your actions, your intentions and karma have a big role to play than simply considering the universe as a genie with unlimited wishes to grant. The universe can do that and very well will, but there is a lot more at play than just that.


Manifestation is natural – you are manifesting every day whether intentionally or unintentionally. According to the dictionary, manifestation is a sign of something existing or happening.

A lot of times when we want something very badly, we take an ‘action’ that we want to result in a defined outcome (sometimes in an obsessively defined way). With the whole manic manifestation craze kicked off after ‘The Secret’ book, people are coming up with ‘formulas’ to manifest anything you desire.

But it can often result in scrutinizing and judging ourselves for not getting our manifestation game right. Is it even possible to get it right all the time?

How to manifest with Surrender?

We are manifesting whether we know it or not. Surrender is what turns manic manifestation into a process of ease. Which beautifully resonates with the Bhagavad Gita excerpt. Of doing the action and then surrendering to what is right for your whole self. Not what the mind wants (note: the mind in this day and age is extra confused with the constant influx of communication and information).

How can you always tell what you want is coming from the right place? How can you tell it is good for you? How can you foresee the total package deal? Metaphor time: A parent understands that candy is not good for a child. The child can keep asking, nagging, and throwing tantrums and the parent may succumb. The child can’t foresee the cavities or health implications of too much candy, but the parent knows and can only stop the child as much. Parent= Universe & Child= Us beings.

When you surrender, the combination of what is right for you will happen at the right time, at the right place and in the right circumstances. It’s the ability to say to the universe:

  • ‘hey, this seems awesome. I want this!’

  • taking an inspired action

  • and letting go

But how is surrender practically done? For example, if you are job hunting and there are 30 jobs you can apply to. You could apply to one job (or more) and obsessively fret, worry, stress the crap out of yourself.

Or you can apply for a few jobs and say ‘hey universe, please connect me to the right job.’ I’ll let you fill in the blanks to the possible outcomes with your own similar experiences.

So, asking and taking inspired action without the expectation of exact fruits from that particular action or actions is freeing. You are giving universe breathing space while it works out the right permutations and combinations in your best interests. Knowing that what is right for you will come your way, if and when its meant to.

It’s not the same as giving up but is instead powerful to live from that deep place of true surrender and alignment.

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