So long as we are alive, we cannot but be active. Actions are flowing out of every living person. They should be organized, altered or disciplined so that these actions coming out of him, bring about happiness in the community and a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction to the individual. This is called “the art of action”. Always action is the answer and not inaction. Running away from problems is cowardice and the result of cowardice is sorrow, shame and defeat. Courage lies in facing the situation and sublimity; splendour and success are the blessings of courage. It is a unique gospel on Karma-Yoga and teaches how to attain the great ideal of worklessness through work ! Man should not renounce the work and social responsibilities, but he must learn to renounce the fruits thereof. The attachment to the work leads to suffering and bondage. One must learn to follow svadharma or one’s assigned duties, without attachment to the work or its fruits. Confusion arising from a total sense of frustration is a universal ailment. We have to rediscover ourselves with enthusiastic dynamism. Not only individuals, but even nations sometime enter into an overwhelming state of perplexity and frustration. But no one should sit inactive; as long as one is alive, one must act. At moments of mental dejection, the human intellect always discovers arguments which are convincing to project our point of view. Eventhough we very often know it is cowardice, our own thoughts supply us enough excuses and reasons to justify our actions. We try to paint white our dark inner turmoil. One has to learn to face problems with faith in oneself. We must know to make our inner personality strong and tackle the problem with a new-found confidence. The Gita helps us do this. She expounds a science of personality-reconstruction. We need this more than anything else. This is what is explained by Krishna to Arjuna. We must act and crash into the problem. We must choose the right type of motive to inspire our activities and then the entire effort becomes rewarding in terms of the feeling of peace and the sense of fulfillment that come to us. Action is the expression of the glorious life in us. When we work joyously to reach a goal, our efficiency increases. Success in life depends not on proficiency, but only on efficiency. Our proficiency, when expressed through diligent and planned activities, becomes the play of efficiency in us. Our country has intelligent workers and technicians who are more proficient than, say the Japanese or the Malaysian people. But we cannot deny they have more efficiency whereas we have proficiency! Thus we see, that to be more creative, proficiency must be transformed into efficiency. We must act diligently, whole-heartedly, with a motivation to improve and a spirit to outshine our own present abilities. Self-improvement is the spirit of challenging yourself by yourself and unfolding the personality. A man must perform the action essentially non-egoistic and objective and perform for the well being of others also. Action is the signature of life ! One must act diligently, with the heart in the work, with a will to improve, a spirit to outshine ourselves ! The spirit of challenging yourself by yourself is the secret of self-improvement and unfoldment of your entire personality. It is the spirit and the attitude which matter the most. The Gita supplies anchorage to the confused youth, to the frustrated nations, to the worrying communities. The following is the very call of the Gita; “ tasmaat uththishta Kaunteya Yuddhaaya krta nischayah” Shed your fear, get up determined to fight and win. Get up my country men – determined to fight to die, if need be, for the sacred Bharata. Let us bear this call in mind and move ahead in life ! Love, Chithra.