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Single Idea 7999

[catalogued under 20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 1. Action Theory]

Full Idea

Whatever a man does, good or bad, in thought, word or deed, has these five sources of action: the body, the lower 'I am', the means of perception, the means of action, and Fate.

Gist of Idea

All actions come from: body, lower self, perception, means of action, or Fate


Anon (Bhag) (The Bhagavad Gita [c.500 BCE], 18.14/15)

Book Reference

'The Bhagavad Gita', ed/tr. Mascaro,Juan [Penguin 1962], p.116

A Reaction

The 'means of action' will presumably take care of anything we haven't thought of! Nothing quite matches the idea of 'the will' here. A twitch from the first, eating from the second, a startled jump from the third, struck by lightning from the fifth.