Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 235

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

Karma-yoga—Action in krsna Consciousness
Chapter 5: Verse-5

yat Sankhyaih präpyate sthänam
tad yogair api gamyate
ekam Sankhyam ca yogam ca
yah pasyati sa pasyati[1]


One who knows that the position reached by means of analytical study can also be attained by devotional service, and who therefore sees analytical study and devotional service to be on the same level, sees things as they are.


The real purpose of philosophical research is to find the ultimate goal of life. Since the ultimate goal of life is self-realization, there is no difference between the conclusions reached by the two processes. By Sankhya philosophical research one comes to the conclusion that a living entity is not a part and parcel of the material world but of the supreme spirit whole. Consequently, the spirit soul has nothing to do with the material world; his actions must be in some relation with the Supreme. When he acts in krsna consciousness, he is actually in his constitutional position. In the first process, Sankhya, one has to become detached from matter, and in the devotional yoga process one has to attach himself to the work of krsna consciousness. Factually, both processes are the same, although superficially one process appears to involve detachment and the other process appears to involve attachment. Detachment from matter and attachment to krsna are one and the same. One who can see this sees things as they are.



  1. yat=what; Sankhyaih=by means of Sankhya philosophy; präpyate=is achieved; sthänam=place; tat=that; yogaih=by devotional service; api=also; gamyate=one can attain; ekam=one; Sankhyam=analytical study; ca=and; yogam=action in devotion; ca=and; yah=one who; pasyati=sees; sah=he; pasyati=actually sees.

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