Counselling Arjuna in the Mahabharata
Torn by a moral dilemma over the violence and death war with his Kaurava cousins would cause, Pandava Prince Arjuna wondered if he should renounce the war. Krishna’s counsel to him on the battlefield constitutes the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Krishna tells Arjuna to “fulfil his Kshatriya (warrior) duty to uphold Dharma through “selfless action”. A verse here has become one of the most immortal verses of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita:
~कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 |
From the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 47, the verse above means:~You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.
Do not let the fruits of action be your motive, but do not attach yourself to inaction.