Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 252

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

Karma-yoga—Action in krsna Consciousness
Chapter 5: Verse-22

ye hi samsparsa-jä bhogä
duhkha-yonaya eva te
ädy-antavantah kaunteya
na tesu ramate budhah[1]


An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.


Material sense pleasures are due to the contact of the material senses, which are all temporary because the body itself is temporary. A liberated soul is not interested in anything which is temporary. Knowing well the joys of transcendental pleasures, how can a liberated soul agree to enjoy false pleasure? In the Padma Puräna it is said:

ramante yogino ’nante
satyänande cid-ätmani
iti räma-padenäsau
param brahmäbhidhiyate

“The mystics derive unlimited transcendental pleasures from the Absolute Truth, and therefore the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, is also known as Räma.” In the Srimad-Bhägavatam also[2] it is said:

näyam deho deha-bhäjäm nr-loke
kastän kämän arhate vid-bhujäm ye
tapo divyam putrakä yena sattavm
suddhyed yasmäd brahma-saukhyam tv anantam

“My dear sons, there is no reason to labor very hard for sense pleasure while in this human form of life; such pleasures are available to the stool-eaters [hogs]. Rather, you should undergo penances in this life by which your existence will be purified, and as a result you will be able to enjoy unlimited transcendental bliss.” Therefore, those who are true yogis or learned transcendentalists are not attracted by sense pleasures, which are the causes of continuous material existence. The more one is addicted to material pleasures, the more he is entrapped by material miseries.



  1. ye=those; hi=certainly; samsparsa-jäh=by contact with the material senses; bhogah=enjoyments; duhkha=distress; yonayah=sources of; eva=certainly; te=they are; ädi=beginning; anta=end; vantah=subject to; kaunteya=O son of Kunti; na=never; tesu=in those; ramate=takes delight; budhah=the intelligent person.
  2. 5.5.1

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