Karma kar fal ki chinta mat kar

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authored, with loads of love & thought, by Chetan Narang

Being a 90’s kid born and brought up in India, this was one quote that I encountered countless times – “Karma kar, fal ki chinta mat kar.” In movies, TV shows, magazines, newspapers and even in random conversations – this quote was thrown out as almost a wildcard that’ll fit anywhere.

And today, the 31-year old Chetan can safely say that almost all of his past selves were misinterpreting and misappropriating it. 

Also, yours truly just turned 31 and is still accepting gifts. 🙂

Anyway, as I was saying, this quote has always been full of misinterpretations and misappropriations not just for me, but for so many generations now! That is the sad state that messages have to go through after the real messengers have left.

To point out one obvious misinterpretation, the quote does not advise to not think at all about the result. It just says to not worry about it. And now that I think about it, I realise that it is a wise way to put it – all of your actions are directed towards one or multiple end results and that is how it should be, but you cannot be worrying or stressing too much about it because it is a fact that the end result is simply not in your control!

I made a short, dedicated video along these lines talking about what this powerful quote actually means and how we can practically apply it to our day-to-day lives.

It’s only 5 minutes long.

It has English subtitles if Hindi is not your thing.

It has a learning from MS Dhoni if cricket is your thing. (I think we could be good friends if it is)

And it matters that it reaches more people, but again, that is an end result I cannot control.

So, in the hope that it resonates with you, here is the video.

Until next time.
Peace out.

“An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.”

Mahatma gandhi