There are many things that we like to do in life and there are things that we don’t want to do. There are different duties and responsibilities come along with our many different worldly identifications with different names and forms. We can be anything or anyone that we want to be, and perform as many actions as possible under different worldly identifications, but all these different identifications with different names and forms, and what we do and don’t do in life through the body and mind, are not who we are.
When one realizes the truth of who we are or who we are not, one will be free from separateness, loneliness, offensiveness, defensiveness, aggressiveness, pride, arrogance, hurts, guilt, anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, violence, ill-will, ill-thinking, fear, worry, painful sorrow and all sorts of restlessness or impurities. As long as our minds are not free from ignorance and egoism and impurities, all our actions will also be influenced and determined by impure judgment and intention, and we will always be disturbed by the fruit of actions.
When one is free from ignorance and egoism, one will be able to perform all actions, duties and responsibilities or abandon all actions, duties and responsibilities, without being determined by all actions (both actions and inactions) and the fruit of actions.