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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 3: Karma-yoga                                                                  
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 7, 2013
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 3: Karma-yoga


                                                                       TEXT 5


                                                        na hi kascit ksanam api
                                                        jatu tisthaty akarma-krt
                                                      karyate hy avasah karma
                                                      sarvah prakrti-jair gunaih


      na--nor; hi--certainly; kascit--anyone; ksanam--even a moment; api--also; jatu--even; tisthati--stands; akarma-krt--without doing something; karyate--forced to work; hi--certainly; avasah--helplessly; karma--work; sarvah--everything; prakrti-jaih--out of the modes of material nature; gunaih--by the qualities.


      All men are forced to act helplessly according to the impulses born of the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.


      It is not a question of embodied life, but it is the nature of the soul to be always active. Without the presence of the spirit soul, the material body cannot move. The body is only a dead vehicle to be worked by the spirit soul, which is always active and cannot stop even for a moment. As such, the spirit soul has to be engaged in the good work of Krsna consciousness, otherwise it will be engaged in occupations dictated by illusory energy. In contact with material energy, the spirit soul acquires material modes, and to purify the soul from such affinities it is necessary to engage in the prescribed duties enjoined in the sastras. But if the soul is engaged in his natural function of Krsna consciousness, whatever he is able to do is good for him. The
      Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.17) affirms this:

                                            tyaktva sva-dharmam caranambujam harer
                                                  bhajann apakvo 'tha patet tato yadi
                                              yatra kva vabhadram abhud amusya kim
                                               ko vartha apto 'bhajatam sva-dharmatah

      "If someone takes to Krsna consciousness, even though he may not follow the prescribed duties in the sastras nor execute the devotional service
      properly, and even though he may fall down from the standard, there is no loss or evil for him. But if he carries out all the injunctions for purification in the sastras, what does it avail him if he is not Krsna conscious?" So the purificatory process is necessary for reaching this point of Krsna consciousness. Therefore, sannyasa, or any purificatory process, is to help reach the ultimate goal of becoming Krsna conscious, without which everything is considered a failure.

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