Intuition – In Gita Verse 4.30 All these performers who know the meaning of sacrifice become cleansed of sinful reactions, and, having tasted the nectar of the results of sacrifices, they advance toward the supreme eternal atmosphere.

Krishna tells Arjuna the person who understood from his own knowing that unless we drop all our attachments, judgements and expectation of result, then only we can act from our purity, nectar, compassion.

The person who is self-realized and takes action without any attachments means no string of mind. To them the supreme or universe sends information in advance, we call it intuition.

When that intuition starts functioning, is surrender the only technique for that intuition, or the inner guide? Does a person living through intuition always succeed? How do you value success and failure? Is it not true that the person living intuitively will become weak intellectually?

Surrender is the only technique for the inner being to become active.

Does a person living through intuition always succeed? No, but he is always happy – whether he succeeds or not. And a person not living intuitively is always unhappy whether he succeeds or not. Success is not the criterion because success depends on many things. Happiness is the criterion because happiness depends only on you. You may not succeed because others are competitors there. Even if you are working intuitively, others may be working more cunningly, more cleverly, more calculatingly, more violently, more immorally. So success depends on many other things; success is a social phenomenon. You may not succeed.

So the first thing is that Krishna doesn’t say that if you follow the inner guide you will always succeed – in the sense that the world recognizes success; but in the sense that a Buddha or a Jesus recognizes success, you will succeed. But that success is measured by your happiness, your bliss – whatsoever happens is irrelevant, you will be happy. Whether the world says that you have been a failure, or the world makes you a star, a success, it doesn’t make any difference. You will be happy whatever the case; you will be blissful. Bliss is success to Krishna. Krishna says – If you can understand that bliss is success, then you will succeed always.

For the world, ego gratification is success; for Krishna it is not. For Krishna, to be blissful is success – whether anyone knows about you or not. It is irrelevant whether anyone knows about you or not, whether you live totally unknown, unheard of, unnoticed. But if you are blissful, you have succeeded.

So remember this distinction because there are many people who would like to be intuitive, who would like to find the inner guide, just to succeed in the world. For them the inner guide will be a frustration. In the first place, they cannot find it. In the second place, even if they can find it, they will be miserable. Because what they are aiming at is recognition by the world, ego fulfillment – not bliss.

Be clear in the mind – don’t be success-oriented, result-oriented. Success is the greatest failure in the world. So don’t try to succeed otherwise you will be a failure. Think of being blissful. Every moment, think of being more and more blissful. Then the whole world may say you are a failure but you will not be a failure. You have attained.

Buddha was a failure in the eyes of his friends, family, wife, father, teachers, society – he was a failure. He had become just a beggar. What type of success is this? He could have been a great emperor: he had the qualities, he had the personality, he had the mind. He could have been a great emperor but he became a beggar. He was a failure – obviously. But I say to you he was not a failure. If he had become an emperor then he would have been a failure because he would have missed real life. What he attained under the Bodhi Tree was real and what he lost was unreal.

Krishna simply tells Arjuna the person who is blissful, they act but not with the focus on the result or fruits. As they know that as soon as their focus is on the fruits they cannot sacrifice their ego, attachments. Then even if they succeed in their achievements and will be rewarded by the world; but they will not be happy. This is sinful. If through your act you don’t get bliss and happiness then that act is from ego. If it gives you bliss then that act releases you from your ego, sinful reactions. It doesn’t mean that you will be a failure in the world. You may or may not succeed in terms of the world, in the yardstick of the world, but you will always be blissful.


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