Action in Krishn Consciousness with Karma-Yoga
Text 1: Arjuna said, “O Krishn, You first beg me to forego labour, and then You again recommend work with devotion.” Now, pls let me know which of the two is most advantageous.
Text 2: The Personality of Godhead retorted: Both giving up employment and working out of devotion are beneficial for emancipation. However, of the two, working in devotional service is preferable to quitting your job.
Text 3: It is well known that one who never dislikes or seeks the results of their actions is always renounced. O mighty-armed Arjuna, such a person, free from all dualities, triumphs over material servitude and attains total liberation.
Text 4: Only the uneducated distinguish between the analytical study of the material world (Sankhya) and devotional service (karma-yoga). Whoever commits himself effectively to one of these routes obtains the outcomes of both, according to those who are genuinely knowledgeable.
Text 5: The person who understands that the position obtained through analytical study may also be attained by devotional service and who, as a result, regards analytical study and devotional service as being on the same level, sees things as they are.
Text 6: It is impossible to be joyful by just abstaining from all pursuits while neglecting to devote oneself to the Bhagwan. However, a wise individual who is actively engaged in devotional service can immediately reach the Supreme.
Text 7: Everyone loves someone who works with commitment, has a pure soul, and who has control over his thoughts and senses. He also loves everyone. Such a man is never involved, while working constantly.
Texts 8–9: A person in the divine awareness, despite being active in the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, eating, moving around, sleeping, and breathing, constantly understands within that he is not truly doing anything. Because he is always aware that only his physical senses are involved with his items when he speaks, evacuates, receives, opens, or closes his eyes.
Text 10: Just as a lotus leaf is unaffected by water, a person who fulfils their task without attachment and surrenders the outcomes to the Supreme Bhagwan is unaffected by wicked activity.
Text 11: The yogis operate with their bodies, minds, wits, and even their senses just for the goal of cleansing. They give up attachment.
Text 12: A person who is not in one with the Divine, who is eager for the products of his effort, becomes entangled; nevertheless, a constantly committed soul achieves pure tranquilly because he delivers the results of his endeavours to Me.
Text 13: The embodied living being lives blissfully in the “city of nine gates” (the physical body), controlling his nature and mentally renouncing all activities. He neither works nor causes labour to be done.
Text 14: The embodied spirit, ruler of the city of his body, does not incite people to action or produce the results of that action. The modalities of material nature are what bring all of this about.
Text 15: Neither does the Supreme Bhagwan take anyone’s good or bad deeds into account. However, because ignorance hides their true knowledge, embodied creatures are perplexed.
Text 16: But when one is enlightened with the knowledge that destroys ignorance, then his knowledge shows all, just as the sun illuminates everything throughout the day.
Text 17: When one’s wisdom, mind, faith, and shelter are all firmly rooted in the Supreme, one is completely freed of doubts via comprehensive knowledge and moves on with abandon on the road to freedom.
Text 18: The lowly sages perceive an educated and kind brhmaa, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater [outcaste] with equal eyesight because they possess real knowledge.
Text 19: The circumstances of birth and death have already been vanquished by those whose minds are rooted in sameness and tranquilly. They are already positioned in Brahman because they are perfect like Brahman.
Text 20: A person who knows the knowledge of God, is self-intelligent, unperplexed, and who neither rejoices at acquiring something good nor regrets upon obtaining something bad is already placed in transcendence.
Text 21: Such a freed person is not drawn to the pleasures of the material senses but is always in a trance, delighting in the pleasures of the soul. The self-realized individual experiences limitless bliss in this way because he is focused on the Supreme.
Text 22: An knowledgeable person abstains from participating in sources of suffering brought on by interaction with the five senses of the body. O son of Kunti, the wise man does not take pleasure in such delights since they have a beginning and an end.
Text 23: Before letting go of this body, if one can withstand the cravings of the material senses and restrain the strength of desire and rage, he is in a good position and content in this world.
Text 24: The ideal mystic is one whose joy comes from inside, who works and rejoices from within, and whose objective is within. In the end, he achieves the Supreme after being set free in the Supreme.
Text 25: Those who are liberated in the Supreme are those who are beyond the dualities that result from doubts, whose thoughts are engaged internally, who are always striving for the benefit of all living things, and who are sin-free.
Text 26: Liberation in the Supreme is guaranteed to those who are free from rage and all material wants, who are self-realized, self-disciplined, and always striving for perfection.
Texts 27–28: The transcendentalist aiming for liberation becomes free from desire, fear, and anger by blocking out all external sense objects, maintaining the eyes and vision focused between the two eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils, and thus controlling the mind, senses, and intelligence. One who remains in this condition constantly is undoubtedly emancipated.
Text 29: A person who is fully aware of Me and understands that I am the greatest beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Bhagwan of all planets and demigods, and the giver and well-wisher of all living things, finds relief from the pain of material misery.
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