The Bhagavan Gita notably advises that we give up the "fruits of
Action." Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi in Talks is said to have identified as a primary illusion the concept
the one is the "Doer" as if such were equivalent to
mis-identification with the Body. Other Enlish translations include
"performer" or even "" Indeed, the Body is inert flesh until
and unless it is thought to be "doing" something as the agent of Cause and Effect within the
"multiplicity" of Space and Time.
From the duality and further
multiplicity inherent in the Subject-Object relationship, through the detailed
Causality or Agency or Doer-ship, these relationships highlight the role of the
Body as the token signpost of the Doer with a physical structure by which to
exact physical Effect in a perceived and conceived "real" World. Furthermore of course, the Body stands in as
the particularized and isolated "subject" that symbolizes the
supposed Doer. Referring the action
itself, the term Karma includes, "as a unit" we have said, the
inherent consequences of any given action, "good" or "bad"
according to our preferences.
But since one is NOT the Body,
one cannot truly be a Doer in the above sense.
And since Reality id singular and undifferentiated, there is no
substantial reality to the momentary events that seem to describe the
"action" anyway. In fact, to
use one illusion to describe another (in a "relative" but not
Absolute manner), we discover no individual Ego to be the subject, and not
individual thing or situation to be the object of any act of
"doing". Without doing where
is no basis for merit or blame, for success or failure.
Without obsessing overly much
on these subsidiary details, we nevertheless can be assured that all this
serves as yet another basis for useful Detachment and the Ego-diminishing
remedy of relinquishing the good and ill results of apparent
"action". Forgo these needless
preoccupations with illusory "Doer-ship" – a primary supporting concept for the Ego, which in itself is the
essence of apparent non–Realization.