Friday, October 28, 2011


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 18 Text 2

sri-bhagavan uvaca
kamyanam karmanam nyasam
sannyasam kavayo viduh
prahus tyagam vicaksanah

sri-bhagavan uvaca--the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; kamyanam--with desire; karmanam--of activities; nyasam--renunciation; sannyasam--the renounced order of life; kavayah--the learned; viduh--know; sarva--of all; karma--activities; phala--of results; tyagam--renunciation; prahuh--call; tyagam--renunciation; vicaksanah--the experienced.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: The giving up of activities that are based on material desire is what great learned men call the renounced order of life [sannyasa]. And giving up the results of all activities is what the wise call renunciation [tyaga].


Srila Prabhupada opens his purport to this sloka thus; The performance of activities for results has to be given up. This is the instruction of Bhagavad-gita. But activities leading to advanced spiritual knowledge are not to be given up. This will be made clear in the next verses.

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