Do Your Best, Forget the Rest

Chapter III, Verse 10

Sri Nerode’s Translation:


In the first dawn of creation, the Lord of Emanation, (the creator) emanated men; with mankind, he emanated sacrifice. Said He then, “By this shall ye multiply – this shall be the source of your supply – thy Kamaduk, the cow of plenty, giving the milk of abundance. (Here the theory is that God emanated mankind out of His Own Self and then Holiness and Impersonal self-giving action. Through impersonal action one draws abundance and plenty.)

Helpful Translation:

By following intuitive wisdom while in the dream of creation, the liberated devotee is god-like. He receives the fulfillment of his purpose with extreme abundance.


“Do what you love” is the surface meaning of this verse. The person who “loves to do everything” should contemplate daily to determine which part of “everything” is better than the rest. No unenlightened human loves all work, all things or all people equally. Doing what you actually love leads to greater concentration and greater love for your life overall.

Once one chooses to follow his heart, doors open to make life successful. Some doors take more effort than others to open, but perseverance and continuous attempts at self-improvement always produce the result best for each individual.

The deeper meaning of this verse applies to those few individuals who are expanding their consciousness and advancing in spirit. The aspiring sage finds that many gifts come from the spiritual path, the gift of intuition is the greatest. However, minor gifts like telepathy, prescient visions, some ability to heal others and increased perception of relative truths versus eternal Truth are little more than a distraction.

A prisoner locked in solitary confinement for a decade is likely to feel a tremendous sense of expansion and freedom when finally allowed to exercise in the prison yard. Yet, this man is still in prison.

Likewise, the spiritual aspirant finds many spiritual powers come his way in the process of enlightenment yet at this stage he is still a slave to gross material senses and to the physical demands of the body.

To achieve one’s highest goal, it’s only necessary to follow the heart, contemplate, meditate, learn to follow ever-deepening intuition and never be satisfied no matter how “improved” your human experience appears to become. Very few achieve the complete liberation of absolute enlightenment during a human lifetime. Stay focused on doing your best and let the process take care of the rest.

Easter Eggs:

Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:

Yajna – Misinterpreted as sacrifice, religious rites, and even as the Hindu fire ritual, in this verse Yajna means to act with the positive quality (Sattwa guna) as it applies to one’s personal situation.

PrajapatiDivine Father of All Creatures.

Prajapati is the consciousness presiding over procreation, a protector of life and the lord of creatures. When considering the Bhagavad Gita as a Sanskrit primer, Prajapati must be explored in relation to Vayu, Yama, Agni, Varuna and Sasankas.

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