Who is the doer? – Summary Divine Discourse on 6th October 2016
When you are born, you are born as the children of immortality. But because of the influence of worldliness around you, you become infused with worldly poison. This is the essence of all sacred texts. A-mruta – that which does not die. For all that is moving, there has to be an immovable base or foundation. Being born, living and dying is a movement, Chala. But something is there on which all this is based upon and that is Achala – immovable. All of us are living in this illusion that we are somebody else having put on a different makeup. The Brahman is clouded by the Bhrama. But for all this, there is one permanent basis. It is the same person who has donned so many costumes and therefore, for all these characters, there is only one person who is the basis.
There are screens with projections in this auditorium. As the programme progresses, the screen keeps changing. But once the programme is over and everything is switched off, the screen becomes only the screen; it has no projections on it. There is not a trace of either Sreenivas or Badrinarayan or Narasimha Murthy on the screen. On the screen of Atma, which is right within us, the projections of these worldly lives are going on. There are scenes in life – some are happy, sorrowful, pleasurable or painful – all these scenes are constantly playing on this screen of the Atman. Therefore, all that is changing is not real. To watch the cinema, to watch these projections, which are moving, an immovable screen is a must. Without that, it is not possible. In the same way, the Atman is present, which forms the basis, the fundamental truth of all our existence. But it remains unseen because of these projections of our lives. You are all performing different roles as given by God in this life. You have to perform your role to perfection and with the feeling that this is a role given to me by God, it is my fortune that I have been chosen for a character in His act.
What is this doership the Gita talks about? I am the one who is eating, I am the one who is sleeping, I am the one who is listening, so who is the other doer other than me? If God is the one who is doing everything, then what is my position, my presence here for? For those who cannot understand this presence of single Atma in every being, take to the path of considering oneself only as a character in this great universal drama. Some may perform the role of a teacher today, father tomorrow, son today, grandfather tomorrow, wife, mother – all these are roles given to you by God at a certain time. And therefore you have very limited choice other than following what God is asking you to do. But if you do it with happiness, without any complaints, you will enjoy the role even if you are a beggar or a thief. At the end, you will be relieved of the role any which ways and you will reach where you are, that is who you are. Therefore, consider yourself as mere instruments. Karmanye vadhikaraste – You have right over the action. That is what it means that this is Karmabhumi and you have to perform actions but in accordance with God’s will for you. This clarity is extremely important.
The truth is that you are Divine, that you are Atman, that you are changeless, that you are permanent. But at this point of time, you have been cast into different roles. So, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you see, whatever you feel, everything should be offered to God saying “God, You have given me the role. I am trying my best and I offer it back to You.” At the same time, do not be too attached to anything. Live in the present. Past is passed, future is uncertain. Present is omnipresent, and it is with us.