Mayi sarvaani karmaani samnyasaaadhyathmachethasaa
Nir- aasheer nirmamo bhoothva yudhyasva vigathajvara
Offering all your actions to Me, your mind in unison with the spirit and free from desires and ego, you fight without the slightest touch of hatred or excitement.
Thus says Lord Krishna to Arjuna in Chapter 3 while describing the Karma Yoga. Here in this verse we see two words, Niraashee and Nirmamo. They are to be understood in correct sense. All actions performed through attachment and desires get us nothing as they are filled with ego selfishness. Niraashee is without desire (of result) and Nirmamo is without Doer-ship.
Actions with doer-ship gives rise to bondage as it is performed with a heart loaded with selfish desires. Actions without desires are not actions at all as they are incapable of producing any painful experiences that is the reason why Lord Krishna is suggesting Arjuna renunciation of action in the whole of the fifth chapter. Here, the renunciation of action only means the giving up of the wrong motives behind the actions and not giving up the action itself.
Tansen was great musician in Emperor Akbar’s court. He was blessed with divine voice by the grace of his mother and his Guru. One day Akbar was charmed by his music rendering and said, “I have not heard any one who is equal to you in singing”. Immediately Tansen replied, “No Jahanpanah, there is one person who can sing better than me.” Akbar asked him who could be singing better than him. Tansen said, “He is none other than my Guru Swami Haridas. He lives in Vrindavan.” Akbar got curious and wished to listen to Tansen’s Guru singing and requested Tansen to invite Swami Haridas to the court.
Tansen replied, “Jahanpanah, my Guru has not ventured outside Vrindavan. Many kings have invited him to their courts to listen to him singing but he has not obliged anyone.” Akbar asked, “But I want to listen to his songs Can you take me there?” Tansen replied, “Yes, Jahapanah but you have to come with me in disguise as my disciple.” Akbar agreed and both went to Vrindavan and Akbar had disguised himself as a disciple who was learning Vocal with Tansen.
On reaching Vrindavan both Tansen and Akbar paid their respects to the Swami Haridas. They both stayed there whole day and Swami Haridas did not singing. Next day in the evening, Tansen took the tanpura and started singing while Swami Haridas was watching him. While singing, he made a deliberate mistake in Arohana (the ascending note) of Swara (scale). Swami Haridas immediately corrected him and in order to explain the correct Arohana he started to sing. Tansen stopped singing and he along with Akbar sat spellbound listening to the divine voice. Swami Haridas forgot himself and went into a trance like situation rendering the song in ecstasy. Akbar had never heard anything like that before.
After sometime Akbar said, “Tansen you are blessed to have a Guru like him. How is it that he is able to sing so well?” Tansen replied, “Jahanpanah, my Guru does not sing for mortals like me and you, he sings for Him. That is the reason why his music is so good to listen.
Anything which does not have doer-ship and is not filled with desire is always excellent.”
Creativity will bloom if there is no doer-ship or there is no desire for the fruit…….!!!