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468Clearing of consciousness (Chapter 3 - Text 17)

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  • prateek sanwal
    May 1, 2014
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 3: Karma-yoga
                                  

                                                             
                                                                            
                                                                                     TEXT 17


                                                                   yas tv ātma-ratir eva syād
                                                                    
      ātma-tṛptaś ca mānavaḥ
                                                                   ātmany eva ca santuṣṭas
                                                                    tasya kāryaḿ na vidyate

                                                                                SYNONYMS

      yaḥ — one who; tu — but; ātma-ratiḥ — taking pleasure in the self; eva — certainly; syāt — remains; ātma-tṛptaḥ — self-illuminated; ca — and; mānavaḥ — a man; ātmani — in himself; eva — only; ca — and; santuṣṭaḥ — perfectly satiated; tasya — his; kāryam — duty; na — does not; vidyate — exist.

                                                                              TRANSLATION

      But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully satiated — for him there is no duty.

                                                                                  PURPORT


      A person who is fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, and is fully satisfied by his acts in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, no longer has any duty to perform. Due to his being Kṛṣṇa conscious, all impiety within is instantly cleansed, an effect of many, many thousands of yajña performances. By such clearing of consciousness, one becomes fully confident of his eternal position in relationship with the Supreme. His duty thus becomes self-illuminated by the grace of the Lord, and therefore he no longer has any obligations to the Vedic injunctions. Such a Kṛṣṇa conscious person is no longer interested in material activities and no longer takes pleasure in material arrangements like wine, women and similar infatuations.


      Source: Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada