Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 296

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

Chapter 6: Verse-40

sri-bhagavän uväca
pärtha naiveha nämutra vinäsas tasya vidyate
na hi kalyäna-krt kascid durgatim täta gacchati[1]


The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Son of Prthä, a transcendentalist engaged in auspicious activities does not meet with destruction either in this world or in the spiritual world; one who does good, My friend, is never overcome by evil.


In the[2] Sri Närada Muni instructs Vyäsadeva as follows:

tyaktvä sva-dharmaà caranämbujam harer
bhajann apakvo ’tha patet tato yadi
yatra kva väbhadram abhüd amusya kim
ko värtha äpto ’bhajatäm sva-dharmatah.

“If someone gives up all material prospects and takes complete shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no loss or degradation in any way. On the other hand a nondevotee may fully engage in his occupational duties and yet not gain anything.” For material prospects there are many activities, both scriptural and customary. A transcendentalist is supposed to give up all material activities for the sake of spiritual advancement in life,krsna consciousness. One may argue that by krsna consciousness one may attain the highest perfection if it is completed, but if one does not attain such a perfectional stage, then he loses both materially and spiritually. It is enjoined in the scriptures that one has to suffer the reaction for not executing prescribed duties; therefore one who fails to discharge transcendental activities properly becomes subjected to these reactions. The Bhägavatam assures the unsuccessful transcendentalist that there need be no worries. Even though he may be subjected to the reaction for not perfectly executing prescribed duties, he is still not a loser, because auspicious krsna consciousness is never forgotten, and one so engaged will continue to be so even if he is lowborn in the next life. On the other hand, one who simply follows strictly the prescribed duties need not necessarily attain auspicious results if he is lacking in krsna consciousness.



  1. sri-bhagavän uväca=the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; pärtha=O son of Prthana eva=never is it so; iha=in this material world; na=never; amutra=in the next life; vinäsah=destruction; tasya=his; vidyate=exists; na=never; hi=certainly; kalyäna-krt=one who is engaged in auspicious activities; kascit=anyone; durgatim=to degradation; täta=My friend; gacchati=goes.
  2. Srimad-Bhägavatam 1.5.17

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