It is my father's birth centenary today.
He was the one responsible to lead me on the path of truth. As a tribute to him, I am narrating a story he often used to tell us.
Tansen used to sing for Akbar in his Durbar. Akbar was one of his great admirers and loved his music. One day Akbar expressed his desire to listen to Swami Haridas, Guru of Tansen. Tansen told Akbar that Swami Haridas will never come to his Durbar. If he was keen to listen to him, he would have to go to his ashram. Akbar agreed.
Tansen and Akbar went to the ashram and hid themselves near the hut of Swami Haridas. At dawn, Swami started singing and it lasted for a couple of hours. Akbar was spellbound. When they were back in the palace, Akbar asked Tansen why he could not sing as good as his Guru. Tansen replied while his Guru sang for the Divine Lord, he sang for entertaining a mortal being, for the sake of wealth and fame.
We can give our best only when our deeds are dedicated to the Lord.
When our interest remains in the fruits of action, we can never give our best. This message is the core of teaching of Krishna. A worker whose main aim is to earn salary will never be able to give his best.
Actions for the sake of money or fame are Tamasik, if we are doing them as our obligatory duty they are Rajasik and the actions that are dedicated to the Lord are Satwik. If actions are result-oriented, they are motivated but the ones done out of sheer joy of doing them are due to divine inspiration.
Most great works have come out of inspiration. Krishan also says that the highest Bhakti is applying your mind and intellect on the Lord. If that is difficult, then practice it. Next to it is to dedicate your actions to Him, and the last one is to offer the fruits of actions to the Lord.