Lord Krishna reveals the nature of our human mind in Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.5. Swami Mukundananda elaborates on it further. There is no one who can remain without action even for a moment. Our mind creates multiple thoughts every second. The thoughts of the mind are also counted as work. Indeed, all beings are compelled to act by their qualities born of material nature (the three guṇas).
1:08 Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Sloka 5 Chanting
1:30 Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Sloka 5 Translation by Swami Mukundananda
1:55 Bhagavad Gita Commentary by Swami Mukundananda – The Nature of Our Human Mind
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न हि कश्चित्क्षणमपि जातु तिष्ठत्यकर्मकृत् |
कार्यते ह्यवश: कर्म सर्व: प्रकृतिजैर्गुणै: || 5||
na hi kashchit kshanam api jatu tishthatyakarma-krit
karyate hyavashah karma sarvah prakriti-jair gunaih
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 5: Some people think that action refers only to professional work, and not to daily activities such as eating, drinking, sleeping, waking and thinking. So, when they renounce their profession, they think they are not performing actions. But Shree Krishna considers all activities performed with the body, mind, and tongue as actions. Hence, he tells Arjun that complete inactivity is impossible even for a moment. If we simply sit down, it is an activity; if we lie down, that is also an activity; if we fall asleep, the mind is still engaged in dreaming; even in deep sleep, the heart and other bodily organs are functioning. Thus, Shree Krishna declares that for human beings, inactivity is an impossible state to reach, since the body-mind-intellect mechanism is compelled by its own make-up of the three guṇas (sattva, rajas, and tamas) to perform work in the world.
The Shrimad Bhagavatam contains a similar verse:
na hi kaśhchit kṣhaṇam api jātu tiṣhṭhaty akarma-kṛit
kāryate hy avaśhaḥ karma guṇaiḥ svābhāvikair balāt (6.1.53)
“Nobody can remain inactive for even a moment. Everyone is forced to act by their modes of nature.”
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