Chapter 3, V 10, – “When creating living beings and sacrifice, Prajapati, the primordial creator, said: “By sacrifice will you procreate! Let it be your wish-granting cow!”
Chapter 3, V 15 – “Action comes from the spirit of prayer, whose source is OM, sound of the imperishable; so the pervading infinite spirit is ever present in rites of sacrifice.”
I have deliberately placed these two verses together in my notes in my Kindle edition of Barbara Stoler Miller’s, The Bhagvad Gita. To come to a better understanding of Lord Krishna’s teachings to His best pupil, Arjuna, I have to read before and after a verse that resonates with me. Here by placing verse 10 and 15 together, I came to the realization that prayer, sacrifice and action are closely related and lead from each other. My prayer, the Sanskrit chant – “Lokha Samasta Sukhenu Bhabantu,” is a call to action to make my thoughts, words and actions work together towards bringing universal peace and joy. In order to achieve that I have to make certain sacrifices. My little sacrifice of giving up a favorite treat becomes powerful when I put the money saved in a piggy bank to add up to a monthly contribution towards my favorite charity. My donating to the charity is accompanied with prayers and good wishes for the recipients. My prayer and small sacrifice becomes a significant action when I join the 5K organized by the charity. To accomplish my goal of running the 5K for my favorite charity I must get and stay physically, mentally and spiritually fit. Realizing and acting to achieve my prayers requires sacrifice and all together become a wish-granting cow. Lord Krishna enlightens my every breath and leads me back to Him in my prayers, sacrifices and actions.