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Acting without attachment (Chapter 3 Text 7)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 3: Karma-yoga                                                                  
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 23, 2013
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

                                   
                                                    

                                                                       TEXT 7

                                                            

                                                          yas tv indriyani manasa
                                                          niyamyarabhate 'rjuna
                                                      karmendriyaih karma-yogam
                                                            asaktah sa visisyate

                                                                   SYNONYMS

      yah--one who; tu--but; indriyani--senses; manasa--by the mind; niyamya--regulating; arabhate--begins; arjuna--O Arjuna; karma-indriyaih--by the active sense organs; karma-yogam--devotion; asaktah--without attachment; sah--he; visisyate--by far the better.

                                                                 TRANSLATION

      On the other hand, he who controls the senses by the mind and engages his active organs in works of devotion, without attachment, is by far superior.

                                                                     PURPORT

      Instead of becoming a pseudo-transcendentalist for the sake of wanton living and sense enjoyment, it is far better to remain in one's own business and execute the purpose of life, which is to get free from material bondage and enter into the kingdom of God. The prime svarthagati, or goal of self-interest, is to reach Visnu. The whole institution of varna and asrama is designed to help us reach this goal of life. A householder can also reach this destination by regulated service in Krsna consciousness. For self-realization, one can live a controlled life, as prescribed in the sastras, and continue carrying
      out his business without attachment, and in that way make progress. Such a sincere person who follows this method is far better situated than the false pretender who adopts show-bottle spiritualism to cheat the innocent public. A sincere sweeper in the street is far better than the charlatan meditator who meditates only for the sake of making a living.



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