Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 261

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

Chapter 6: Verse-2

yam sannyäsam iti prähur
yogam tam viddhi pandava
na hy asannyasta-sankalpo
yogi bhavati kascana[1]


What is called renunciation you should know to be the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme, O son of Pandu, for one can never become a yogi unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification.


Real sannyäsa-yoga or bhakti means that one should know his constitutional position as the living entity, and act accordingly. The living entity has no separate independent identity. He is the marginal energy of the Supreme. When he is entrapped by material energy, he is conditioned, and when he is krsna conscious, or aware of the spiritual energy, then he is in his real and natural state of life. Therefore, when one is in complete knowledge, one ceases all material sense gratification, or renounces all kinds of sense gratificatory activities. This is practiced by the yogis who restrain the senses from material attachment. But a person in krsna consciousness has no opportunity to engage his senses in anything which is not for the purpose of Krsna. Therefore, a Krsna conscious person is simultaneously a sannyäsi and a yogi. The purpose of knowledge and of restraining the senses, as prescribed in the jnäna and yoga processes, is automatically served in krsna consciousness. If one is unable to give up the activities of his selfish nature, then jnäna and yoga are of no avail. The real aim is for a living entity to give up all selfish satisfaction and to be prepared to satisfy the Supreme. A krsna conscious person has no desire for any kind of self-enjoyment. He is always engaged for the enjoyment of the Supreme. One who has no information of the Supreme must therefore be engaged in self-satisfaction, because no one can stand on the platform of inactivity. All purposes are perfectly served by the practice of krsna consciousness.



  1. yam=what; sannyäsam=renunciation; iti=thus; prähuh=they say; yogam=linking with the Supreme; tam=that; viddhi=you must know; pandava=O son of Pandu; na=never; hi=certainly; asannyasta=without giving up; sankalpah=desire for self-satisfaction; yogi=a mystic transcendentalist; bhavati=becomes; kascana anyone.

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