What is the right way of choosing one’s karma in life?
Q : Gurumaa pranam to your Lotus Feet. I am 25 years old belonging to a brahmin family. According to scriptures, it is evident that one should act according to his religion (dharmacharan). In Gita, Shri Krashna directs Arjuna to do yuddha because he is ‘kshatriya’. In olden times, the tasks were decided as ‘brahmin’, ‘kshatriya’, ‘vaishya’, ‘shudra’. But in present times, it is not possible as everyone is doing every task. So how should the appropriate karma be decided in today's world?
Answer The appropriate karma can only be decided from your mental, intellectual and physical attributes. What goes in sync with your body and mind and your approach towards life that becomes your task.
What Krishna said 5000 years ago was relevant at that time and I believe that it is still relevant. But we need to understand this as per the perspective of this modern life which we are living. Even now you will find that you have some people who have lot of physical energy, who wish to go out and help others. I call them ‘shudra’. Shudra is one word which has really been misunderstood and abused. The shudra does not mean the untouchable or somebody who does mean lowly jobs. When we say shudra, then in my opinion, it is about those people who find joy in serving others. They find joy, yes there is a rare species of these people left now on this earth because everybody has become selfish and greedy. But still there are some people who feel joy when they bring smiles in someone’s life.
I say, that person is a ‘brahmin’ who enjoys learning, teaching, and contemplation. I believe those who have lot of physical energy and power, both physical and mental, who can go out to help someone and protect someone, I call them ‘kshatriya’.
There are some people who have very acute acumen about business. They know the profit and loss system very well and they work very efficiently. I call them ‘vaishyas’. So one should just watch what one’s natural leanings are and according to that, define the actions. And one should follow that natural leaning or the likings of the mind, body. As these urges would be, so would become your path.