Authorship of Action

The authorship of action does not in reality belong to the ‘I’.  It is a mistake to understand that ‘I’ do this, ‘I’ experience this and ‘I’ know this.  All this is basically untrue.  The ‘I’ in its essential nature, is uncreated; it belongs to the field of the Absolute; whereas action, its fruits and the relationship between the doer and his action, belong to the relative field, to the field of the three gunas.  Therefore all action is performed by the three gunas born of Nature.  The attribution of authorship to the ‘I’ is only due to ignorance of the real nature of the ‘I’ and of action.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, On the Bhagavad Gita

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