How does one distinguish between the spontaneous and impulsive actions?

Question:

Gahana Karmano gati – Unfathomable are the ways of Karma! Therefore follow Ashtavakra’s advice here ‘Act spontaneously’. Just live life moment to moment to moment! Act by your nature not by your raaga & dvesha! Act spontaneously…that is my nature I have always been spontaneous…but all spontaneous acts are not always wise decisions! I have experienced in my life whenever I have been spontaneous I have been “labeled” as “Impulsive” “foolish” for my actions.  Some actions I do regret and some I don’t because I acted based on the need of the moment!  How does one distinguish between the spontaneous and impulsive actions? Hind sight is always 20/20 but when acting spontaneously how do I distinguish?

Answer:

JGD Mridula, Gahana Karmanogati – Unfathomable are the ways of karma. That’s why I say ‘just go with the flow – Act spontaneously’. Spontaneous means being 100% in the present moment! Acting out of the silence of the present moment not out of the noise of the past.

What that means is not acting out of raaga & dvesha but acting out of spontaneity. Again ‘spontaneity’ is not equal to being ‘impulsive’. Impulsiveness itself means there is a strong raaga or dvesha. Spontaneity is acting out of your nature of compassion & love.

If there is a Raaga and Dvesha behind an action, it is impulsive. If it is from your nature of being kind, loving, helpful which is a natural state of every living being, it is spontaneous! For e.g. If I see a child just about to trip n fall, it is a natural instinct to reach out and help the child. This has no Raaga or dvesha behind it. This is spontaneous action! In another scenario, if somebody suddenly lands up purchasing 100 shirts in a single day, it is out of Raaga, that is impulsive. Similarly if someone just blurts out angry words, this is not spontaneous, it is out of dvesha, it is impulsive. Only you can know if you are doing something or wanting to do something out of raga/dvesha or is it spontaneous action by your natural state of being.

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