DNYANA-YOGA – THE PATH OF WISDOM
Krishna to Arjuna:
What is action and what is inaction? It is a question which has bewildered the wise.
But I will declare unto thee the philosophy of action, and knowing it, thou shalt be free from evil.
It is necessary to consider what is right action, what is wrong action, and what is inaction, for mysterious is the law of action.
He who can see inaction in action, and action in inaction, is the wisest among men.
He is a saint, even though he still acts.
The wise call him a sage, for whatever he undertakes is free from the motive of desire, and his deeds are purified by the fire of Wisdom.
Having surrendered all claim to the results of his actions, always contented and independent, in reality he does nothing, even though he is apparently acting.
Expecting nothing, his mind and personality controlled, without greed, doing bodily actions only; though he acts, yet he remains untainted.
Content with what comes to him without effort of his own, mounting above the pairs of opposites, free from envy, his mind balanced both in success and failure; though he acts, yet the consequences do not bind him.
He who is without attachment, free, his mind centered in wisdom, his actions, being done as a sacrifice, leave no trace behind.
From Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4