I have been reminded by many people here in India, “we don’t look for the fruits.” I have been sitting with this and watching it play out.
This is a teaching from The Bhagavad Gita and so I think what they are telling me is they don’t make the results of their action the motive to do the action. Shouldn’t we all practice doing/giving/working/etc without expecting a reward? We think we can influence and create a desired outcome, but isn’t it true we often have very little control over the outcome of situations? Why can’t we choose to do something without expecting something in return? Well, it’s hard to do that all the time, right? There’s the ego saying, “I want to be acknowledged for the good deeds I am doing” which is pretty common among us human beings. Maybe we think occasionally, “I want this so maybe if I do this then I can get that.”
We have meet so many people just by chance (see David’s great blog about one such experience), just walking around, sitting somewhere, someone knows someone else that they introduce us to. When we take a moment to engage and visit it seems there is always some amazing experience that comes from it. We get invited to someone’s home, to a wedding, to a factory, to a school, to a yoga class, to a havan (fire ceremony), to a meditation event, and on and on. I find this particularly common in India. The people are so incredibly generous, friendly, happy, and so welcoming.
I am seeing examples of how “we don’t look for the fruits” again and again with every interaction and chance meeting we encounter. People offer us so many things from a place that is not expecting anything in return, at least it appears to me that way. Now, I am not trying to see India and all her citizens through only rose colored glasses. Nothing is perfect and everyone is a human being with human flaws at times….or maybe because of this everything is perfect? Is the glass half empty or half full? It’s always the question I ask myself…is it just me and my limited influenced perspective or is it so? Well, I think it’s a bit of both!
But now back to we don’t look for the fruits….here are some examples of just a few of the incredibly generous, friendly, happy, and welcoming people in India we have been fortunate to meet, spend time with, and get to know. We consider them all friends and family now! Okay, maybe we can’t live every second carrying out this teaching from the Bhavagad Gita, don’t look for the fruits in our actions, but maybe we can practice it more often and as much as possible.