Action is the insignia of Life. Due to the inherent tendencies (vasanas) in us we are forced to act. But how we act determines where we will reach.
In Chapter III of the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna explains to a confused Arjuna that though knowledge may seem superior to action, it is imperative that both be practiced.
Step by step, Sri Krishna shows how the path of action is a means to the end and what happens to those who do not act. Action when practiced without attachment to its result, purifies the mind and integrates the personality. This makes the mind receptive to receive the knowledge that leads to Self-realisation.
Swami Chinmayananda puts a modern-day perspective to the teachings of Sri Krishna, helping us to transcend the world of action into the subtler realms of contemplation.