Essay on The Journey or The Transformation: Which is More Important?

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As humans contemplate on their meaning of existence, they embark upon a journey of transformation. This journey of transformation is a voyage embarked on to discover the true meaning to one’s own self, where the destination, or the transformation, occurs when one completes his journey. Each individual has a unique journey and destination to transformation that helps shape who they are. However, there is much debate about whether the journey of transformation is more about the transformation, or the journey itself. Although the transformation is the end result on who we are to be, the path that leads us there, the journey we humans take on is the most influential aspect of the journey of transformation, as seen through the ideas of action,…show more content…
Each separated in its own respective chapter, the four yogas aim to teach us how one can live a selfless life, void of immoralities. Understanding these four paths is critical in comprehending that the journey in itself is more valuable than the end result.
Karma Yoga, or the path of action, stresses the fact that any action performed should be righteous action in the name of Krishna. The righteous action is for the sake of the action and not the end result that it yields and how we should not allow the results or the fruits of our actions determine the cause for the original intent of the action. Krishna goes on to tell how Arjuna can make his action selfless action in this quote:
“Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme…Therefore, O Arjuna, surrendering all your works unto Me, with full knowledge of Me, without desires for profit, with no claims to proprietorship, and free from lethargy, fight.” (Bhagavad Gita Ch. 3:19, 30)
The “Supreme” Krishna is telling Arjuna about is the unifying of one’s soul with Krishna, thus achieving the eternal peace, nirvana. In order to achieve the supreme, one must be performing an action for the sake of the action much like how when we embark upon the journey of transformation, we continue on the journey, for the sake of the journey, and not the transformation. By Krishna saying “surrendering all your
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