Aksaya

Today, May 7, is Akṣaya-tṛtīyā. As I explained in my article the luckiest day of the year, today is a great day to start new things, especially if you want these to last.

Akṣaya in fact means inexhaustible: something that never ends, that does not perish, that does not find its end, something perennial, eternal, constantly regenerating. This is especially true of our activities on this phenomenal plane, where every action has a reaction.

Generally, every time we perform an action, a karmic reaction takes place, and fortunately, the related karma is concluded once this reaction has taken place. But for the path of Yoga, for actions performed to elevate one's consciousness, for greater self-knowledge, to elevate one's awareness, the matter changes. There are actions that remain on this plane and actions that touch another plane, the perennial plane.

Actions that remain on this psycho-physical plane are extinguished on this plane, that is: once we have received the reaction to our actions, the karmic cycle related to the action that generated the result has ended. No trace remains.

While there are actions that take place on this plane, but have a "reaction," an effect, on another plane, on the metaphysical plane. These reactions gain the connotations of that spiritual plane, that is, they become Sat: true, always true, that is, eternal.

These actions, described in the Bhagavad-gītā, are actions performed according to one of four types of yoga: jñāna-yoga, aṣṭāṅga-yoga, karma-yoga and bhakti-yoga. All these forms of yoga have this definition in common:

Yoga is a practice that helps the practitioner overcome the obstacles of the mind to discover the true nature of the self and one's relationship with the Absolute.

Actions performed in the spirit of yoga are, according to Bhagavad-gītā 6.40, of this inexhaustible nature:

A transcendentalist engaged in beneficial activities will not encounter destruction either in this world or in the spiritual dimension. He who acts well, my friend, is never overcome by misfortune.

Similarly, in the continuation of Chapter 6, the yogī is encouraged to continue on his or her path without fear of failure, because everything he or she does-even if it is piecemeal-will have perennial results.

Therefore, we can say that the results of the spiritual path are always Akṣaya, unchanging and eternal, that is, those who perform spiritual actions will reap inexhaustible positive fruits as if they were always Akṣaya-tṛtīyā!

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