Thursday, November 29, 2012
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 5 Text 10
brahmany adhaya karmani
sangam tyaktva karoti yah
lipyate na sa papena
brahmani--unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; adhaya--resigning; karmani--all works; sangam--attachment; tyaktva--giving up; karoti--performs; yah--who; lipyate--is affected; na--never; sah--he; papena--by sin; padma-patram--a lotus leaf; iva--like; ambhasa--by the water.
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.
In his purport Srila Prabhupada expands on how this is accomplished; In the Isopanisad it is said that everything is related to the Supreme Brahman, or Krsna, and thus everything belongs to Him only. One who knows perfectly well that everything belongs to Krsna, that He is the proprietor of everything and that, therefore, everything is engaged in the service of the Lord, naturally has nothing to do with the results of his activities, whether virtuous or sinful. Even one's material body, being a gift of the Lord for carrying out a particular type of action, can be engaged in Krsna consciousness. It is then beyond contamination by sinful reactions, exactly as the lotus leaf, though remaining in the water, is not wet.