So what is sattvika renunciation? That is doing one’s prescribed duty but giving up attachment and fruits.
So I do the work as though my life depended on it, but then do not worry about the results as if I know I’m going to live peacefully anyway.
Can this be confusing? Yes very, and so my Guru has provided various examples in his Amazing Simple Gita in chapter 18 verse 9’s purport:
- Manager forgiving the subordinate when the latter is not doing his work is foolishness and has nothing to do with the former’s Sattvik renunciation or prescribed duty
- It is foolishness to say it is alright that I did not get my bonus. What you need to do is to ask for and get your due share and then do charity out of it
- Doing self improvement workshops for students is the right thing and our prescribed duty
- We are duty bound. Duty has bound us, no escape, and so do duty the sattvika way