Work Ambition; Bhagavad Gita for every Situation

By Sahil K. Vamja | | 17 Aug 2021


How does Shrimad Bhagavad Gita apply to different aspects of your work?


Here we will focus on Ambition


Those who wish to excel in their work need to give up all distractions of the senses


“यस्त्विन्द्रियाणि मनसा नियम्यारभतेऽर्जुन |

कर्मेन्द्रियै: कर्मयोगमसक्त: स विशिष्यते ||”

Chapter 3, Sholoka 7

“yas tvindriyani manasa niyamyarabhate ’rjuna

karmendriyaih karma-yogam asaktah sa vishishyate”

“But those karm yogis who control their knowledge senses with the mind, O Arjun, and engage the working senses in working without attachment, are certainly superior. “

When to think about this?
  • When you are tempted by shortcuts
  • When temporary pleasures make you procrastinate
  • Deciding between long term and short term plans
  • When you feel deviated from the path of your goal

Righteous Path to Ambition is always hard

Right Path

“क्लेशोऽधिकतरस्तेषामव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम् || 

अव्यक्ता हि गतिर्दु:खं देहवद्भिरवाप्यते ॥5॥”

Chapter 12, Shloka 5

“kleśho ’dhikataras teṣhām avyaktāsakta-chetasām

avyaktā hi gatir duḥkhaṁ dehavadbhir avāpyate”

“For them who have their minds attached to the Unmanifested the struggle is greater; for, the Goal which is the Unmanifest is attained with difficulty by the embodied ones.”

When to think about this?
  • Feeling demotivated
  • When people are making fun of your goal and ways
  • When an unethical shortcut tempts you
  • Feeling like giving up
  • You don’t get desired results

Action is created by passion

Passion, Action, and work

“रजो रागात्मकं विद्धि तृष्णासङ्गसमुद्भवम् |

तन्निबध्नाति कौन्तेय कर्मसङ्गेन देहिनम् ||”

Chapter 14, Shloka 7

“rajo rāgātmakaṁ viddhi tṛiṣhṇā-saṅga-samudbhavam

tan nibadhnāti kaunteya karma-saṅgena dehinam” 

When to think about this?
  • You need to force someone to follow you
  • When actions do not produce desired results
  • Not being able to see another point of view
  • When frustrated by the laziness of others

Ignorance leads to Lethargy

Ignorance leads to Lethargy

“तमस्त्वज्ञानजं विद्धि मोहनं सर्वदेहिनाम् |

प्रमादालस्यनिद्राभिस्तन्निबध्नाति भारत ||”

Chapter 14, Shloka 18

“tamas tv ajñāna-jaṁ viddhi mohanaṁ sarva-dehinām

pramādālasya-nidrābhis tan nibadhnāti bhārata”

“O Arjun, tamo guṇa, which is born of ignorance, is the cause of illusion for the embodied souls. It deludes all living beings through negligence, laziness, and sleep. “

When to think about this?
  • Procrastinating work
  • Not able to find reasons for errors
  • Everything appears wrong
  • When the quality of work suffers

Do not get blinded by the ambition

Blinded by Ambition

“आवृतं ज्ञानमेतेन ज्ञानिनो नित्यवैरिणा |

कामरूपेण कौन्तेय दुष्पूरेणानलेन च ||”

Chapter 3, Shloka 39

“āvṛitaṁ jñānam etena jñānino nitya-vairiṇā

kāma-rūpeṇa kaunteya duṣhpūreṇānalena cha”

“The knowledge of even the most discerning gets covered by this perpetual enemy in the form of insatiable desire, which is never satisfied and burns like fire, O son of Kunti. “

When to think about this?
  • When you turn selfish to get your desired goal
  • All decisions are based on your ambition only
  • Others feel that you are not welcoming of them
  • When you grow unfair to others


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Sahil K. Vamja
Sahil K. Vamja

Sahil is a 27-year-old blogger with a knack for Indian mythology and Hinduism. Apart from that, he is an in-house-valuer and an Assistant Professor by profession in a post-graduate college, teaching Valuation of Real Estate and Valuation of Plant & Machin

Usually I write about Indian mythology and different religions. I have my own blog about the same which is Apart from that I love to write and read about social issues and current affairs as well.

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