Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 18 Text 9

karyam ity eva yat karma
niyatam kriyate 'rjuna
sangam tyaktva phalam caiva
sa tyagah sattviko matah

karyam--it must be done; iti--thus; eva--indeed; yat--which; karma--work; niyatam--prescribed; kriyate--is performed; arjuna--O Arjuna; sangam--association; tyaktva--giving up; phalam--the result; ca--also; eva--certainly; sah--that; tyagah--renunciation; sattvikah--in the mode of goodness; matah--in My opinion.


O Arjuna, when one performs his prescribed duty only because it ought to be done, and renounces all material association and all attachment to the fruit, his renunciation is said to be in the mode of goodness.


Prescribed duties must be performed with this mentality. One should act without attachment for the result; he should be disassociated from the modes of work. A man working in Krsna consciousness in a factory does not associate himself with the work of the factory, nor with the workers of the factory. He simply works for Krsna. And when he gives up the result for Krsna, he is acting transcendentally.


Having just started a new job, I find these last few slokas and their purports very benefitual. I literaly take them to work with me.

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