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Bhagavad Gita and the Fountainhead

October 11, 2010

Just finished reading the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and I absolutely loved it.  The Objectivism she writes about, that Howard Roark idealizes, kept reminding me of Krishna’s words of advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita.  The Gita explains the yoga of action, of perfection of action as a means of attaining peace.  And a perfect act is one done for the action itself, without thought of the result, without attachment to the outcome.  If you can detach yourself from preferences, from expectation, you free your mind from depending on things outside yourself for happiness and you take yourself out of the ups and downs the exterior world causes.  To act for the action’s sake, is a means to remain constant and steady, despite the changing nature of the world.

In The Fountainhead, Ayn writes, “You must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.”  This is the message of the Bhagavad Gita, act for the action’s sake.  The Gita takes it a step further than The Fountainhead, by suggesting that each act be made into an offering to God.  “If you want to be truly free, perform all actions as worship” (3.9).  In this way you allow yourself to dissolve away from dualistic possibilities of the results towards a mind that is unified, constant, peaceful and steady regardless of the ups and downs of the world outside the Self.

As my roommate Clancy said to me, once you read The Fountainhead, "you'll never look at our city's skyline the same."

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rearden007 permalink
    November 10, 2010 7:50 pm

    “Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The noblest love is born out of admiration of another’s values.”

    like, not gonna lie, kinda the truth babe….sorryyy

  2. January 18, 2011 2:55 pm

    Hi Kyle
    Great and timely post. I’m faced with this as someone I love very much is diagnosed with cancer. She’s a vegan marathon runner, animal activist, doesn’t drink or smoke, etc. One might be tempted to throw their hands in the air and say “screw it” . . . unless we practice without expectation of the results.

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