When we equate actions with results, our focus strays. We blur the distinction between what is to be done and what is to be gained. We begin to motivate ourselves by working for results—and according to Krishna, we sow the seeds of trouble. We lose the sense of living and acting in harmony with the moment. We step away from yoga. Hoping to attain our desires, we are happy when actions bring success, and unhappy when the fruits are sour. In the Bhagavad Gita, one whose mind is dominated by desires is called a bhokta, one who performs action only for the sake of the fruit. Such a one, says Krishna, “is to be pitied.” What we all must do, Krishna tells us, is keep our mind in the here and now. "Perform actions, firm in discipline, relinquishing attachment; be impartial to failure and success - this equanimity is called yoga."
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