Dev Anand's final rites were performed in London yesterday. Here was a person whose dedication to work for seven decades fits in very well with the well-known and commonly quoted verse of Gita, "Your right is to work only, perform your work only and not all to its fruit, let not the fruit of action be your motive nor let your attachment be inaction." This lays emphasis on the obligatory nature of duty. Keep on working, and then on to the ultimate goal of self-realisation.
Parthasarthy, in his commentary on Gita, says, "Work for work's sake, knowing it well eventually take you to your ultimate goal. Work well accomplished is the joy of life. Take up your work without any axe to grind. You must do what you ought to do in life. Go about it with an independent spirit like a sportsman takes to his sport. Work than becomes a
Dev Anand adopted a path of action and remained active throughout. He was drawn to action as if he could not survive without it. He did not run away from the affairs of the world, but accepted the challenge of the dark forces, taking care not to be carried away by them.
God reveals Himself in the heart of man who achieves this moral and spiritual exaltation through discipline and contemplation. The soul of such a man is the mirror of God.
Men of action are conscious of the part they are destined to play in the world drama. The blessed one, who has mastered his senses, is free from love of the self, exempt from ignorance, undisturbed by grief or earthly joys. Such a serene, well-balanced man remains detached from the high and low passions of life.
Dev Anand remained a Karamyogi till his last breath. He entertained millions of hearts and he was the ultimate style icon. Throughout life, he remained non-controversial and he kept his perfect image in tact.
Guru Teg Bahadur had said, "Remember death so that you may contemplate life. Love Truth and God so that you may live in eternity."