Friday, January 3, 2014


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 18 Text 11
na hi deha-bhrta sakyam
tyaktum karmany asesatah
yas tu karma-phala-tyagi
sa tyagity abhidhiyate

na--never; hi--certainly; deha-bhrta--by the embodied; sakyam--is possible; tyaktum--to be renounced; karmani--activities; asesatah--altogether; yah--anyone who; tu--but; karma--of work; phala--of the result; tyagi--the renouncer; sah--he; tyagi--the renouncer; iti--thus; abhidhiyate--is said.


It is indeed impossible for an embodied being to give up all activities. But he who renounces the fruits of action is called one who has truly renounced.


In his purport, Srila Prabhupada gives this definition of sannyasis, which I am sure some see as very radical; There are many members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness who work very hard in their office or in the factory or some other place, and whatever they earn they give to the Society. Such highly elevated souls are actually sannyasis and are situated in the renounced order of life.

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