Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 205

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Transcendental Knowledge
Chapter 4: Verse-20

tyaktvä karma-phaläsangam
nitya-trpto niräsrayah
karmany abhipravrtto ’pi
naiva kincit karoti sah[1]


Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.


This freedom from the bondage of actions is possible only in krsna consciousness, when one is doing everything for Krsna. A krsna conscious person acts out of pure love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore he has no attraction for the results of the action. He is not even attached to his personal maintenance, for everything is left to Krsna. Nor is he anxious to secure things, nor to protect things already in his possession. He does his duty to the best of his ability and leaves everything to Krsna. Such an unattached person is always free from the resultant reactions of good and bad; it is as though he were not doing anything. This is the sign of akarma, or actions without fruitive reactions. Any other action, therefore, devoid of Krsna consciousness, is binding upon the worker, and that is the real aspect of vikarma, as explained hereinbefore.



  1. tyaktvä=having given up; karma-phala-äsangam=attachment for fruitive results; nitya=always; trptah=being satisfied; niräsrayah=without any shelter; karmani=in activity; abhipravrttah=being fully engaged; api=in spite of; na=does not; eva=certainly; kincit=anything; karoti=do; sah=he.

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