Intentions are the anticipated aims or opinions or predicted results, or the intended action that we desire to perform in order to execute that for tangible results. Intended intentions may or may not turn into substantial results, howsoever honorable our intentions may be. The good intentions should herald good actions to fructify those intentions into perceptible results.

Mere having good intentions hardly means much, person’s track record should also be a guide; how in the past that person has translated good intentions into intended results. There are the ones who follow immoralists’ approach, adopt any means with an intention to get worldly possessions – deception and insincerity, whatever without qualms. An honest person will always have good intentions and does his acts and he does not care about the results of his intended and transacted actions. It has also been experienced that sometimes our intentions are pure yet the results are not appropriate due to reasons not under his/her control then we ought to admit sincerely and should not repeat the same.

To give a case in point is the good intentions of the doctors who performed sterilization operations, a few days back on the women in Chhattisgarh (Raipur) revealed as to how good intentions could turn into unfortunate tragedies/nightmares due to the sterilization turning botched. It also goes to show how a few unscrupulous people. I will call them parasites in the garb of humans. In order to accumulate money, they went the extents of giving contaminated medicines to operated women which resulted in deaths of 13 and 122 are still suffering ailments!  This also shows the worst intentions of the profiteers who could go to any limit to earn for themselves money with blood marks on every penny they have deceptively possessed. This is an unholy instance of ulterior intention for amassing money on the corpses of fellow humans.

Importantly, there are occasions when our intentions are pure but we are hesitant in transmuting those intentions into concrete results partly due to change in situation or change in mindset due to unpredictable reasons. For instance, the intentions of Arjuna (the great archer in Mahabharta) were honorable for he wanted to rid evil represented in the form of greedy Dharyodhana and his brothers including Shakuni and others but as he saw the armies of Karuvas amongst them his own blood relations, Bhishma, maternal uncles, grandsons, elders besides his guru his resolve to fight wavered. He expressed his inability to kill his own kinsmen and told to Lord Krishna that he does not desire for a victory nor has an intention to have kingdom nor pleasure or anything in the world or beyond after killing his own close relations. He further repeated that with the destruction of a dynasty, all the spiritual traditions will also end which will generate impiety in the society. This intention of not fighting was due to emotional upsurge that Arjuna felt after seeing his own relatives arrayed in the battle against him.

Lord Krishna, while appreciating the intention of Arjuna, exhorted him to kill those who represented evil and will help perpetuate the same if they are allowed to live in the society. Also, delusion of not eradicating sin from the society is a timidity and told that the person who remains alike in pain and pleasure and is not disturbed by sense objects becomes eligible for emancipation. He also counselled him not to grieve and change his intentions and fight since fighting and killing them will end the evil from the society. He enlightened Arjuna that by killing those arrayed against him, he would be liberating those killed from evil they personified because of immorality of soul.  

Significance of intention

·     A conclusive goal could be earmarked through our intention and then sincerely followed up.


·     Logical conclusions could be reached by morality/ethical based intentions.

·     Points to be included and excluded could be delved beforehand through thorough understanding.


·     Care ought to be exercised that bad intentions are not cloaked or laced in good intentions to hoodwink others.


·     Isolation of bad intentions with expertise.


·     When the intention is with an aim for reform the individual concerned may have to face opposition initially from the traditionalists due to their ignorance etc. Sabachch Bharat Abhyan (Clean India Campaign) which is going on is a case in point.  


Conclusively, I opine that if the intentions are pure, honest, sincere and simple, then, everything intended would be in partnership with our Lord /Allaha/ Ishwar / Akalpurakh and while His partnership is there, we need not to worry about the results.

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  1. I find procrastination often trumps intentions. Thinking and doing are two different things. No matter how good or bad an intention, without action, the intention fades into a great big ‘what if’, or so has been the case in my own experiences as I travel through life.

    1. My sincere thanks for your comments.

      You are absolutely correct. We, sometimes, get lazy in doing what we actually intend to do. This failing leads to lopsided results and at times leads to undesirable consequences. If we are positive in our thoughts and go about it straight away without procrastination, then we can be saved from disappointments ultimately.


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