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For action is better than inaction (Chapter 3 Text 8)

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    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 3: Karma-yoga                                                                  
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

                                   
                                                    

                                                      
                                                                       TEXT 8

                               
                 
                                                      niyatam kuru karma tvam
                                                    karma jyayo hy akarmanah
                  
                                              sarira-yatrapi ca te
                                                   na prasiddhyed akarmanah

                                                                   SYNONYMS

      niyatam--prescribed; kuru--do; karma--duties; tvam--you; karma--work; jyayah--better; hi--than; akarmanah--without work; sarira--bodily;
      yatra--maintenance; api--even; ca--also; te--your; na--never; prasiddhyet--effected; akarmanah--without work.


                                                                 TRANSLATION

      Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work.

                                                                     PURPORT

      There are many pseudo-meditators who misrepresent themselves as belonging to high parentage, and great professional men who falsely pose that they have sacrificed everything for the sake of advancement in spiritual life. Lord Krsna did not want Arjuna to become a pretender, but that he perform his prescribed duties as set forth for ksatriyas. Arjuna was a householder and a military general, and therefore it was better for him to remain as such and perform his religious duties as prescribed for the householder ksatriya. Such activities gradually cleanse the heart of a mundane man and free him
      from material contamination.

      So-called renunciation for the purpose of maintenance is never approved by the Lord, nor by any religious scripture. After all, one has to maintain one's body and soul together by some work. Work should not be given up capriciously, without purification of materialistic propensities. Anyone who is in the
      material world is certainly possessed of the impure propensity for lording it over material nature, or, in other words, for sense gratification. Such polluted propensities have to be cleared. Without doing so, through prescribed duties, one should never attempt to become a so-called transcendentalist, renouncing work and living at the cost of others.


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