Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 524

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

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-55

mat-karma-krn mat-paramo mad-bhaktah sanga-varjitah
nirvairah sarva-bhütesu yah sa mäm eti pandava[1]


My dear Arjuna, he who engages in My pure devotional service, free from the contaminations of fruitive activities and mental speculation, he who works for Me, who makes Me the supreme goal of his life, and who is friendly to every living being—he certainly comes to Me.


Anyone who wants to approach the supreme of all the Personalities of Godhead, on the Krsnaloka planet in the spiritual sky, and be intimately connected with the Supreme Personality, Krsna, must take this formula, as stated by the Supreme Himself. Therefore, this verse is considered to be the essence of Bhagavad-gita. The Bhagavad-gita is a book directed to the conditioned souls, who are engaged in the material world with the purpose of lording it over nature and who do not know of the real, spiritual life. The Bhagavad-gita is meant to show how one can understand his spiritual existence and his eternal relationship with the supreme spiritual personality and to teach one how to go back home, back to Godhead. Now here is the verse which clearly explains the process by which one can attain success in his spiritual activity: devotional service.

As far as work is concerned, one should transfer his energy entirely to Krsna conscious activities. As stated in the[2]

anäsaktasya visayän yathärham upayunjatah
nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairägyam ucyate

No work should be done by any man except in relationship to Krsna. This is called krsna-karma. One may be engaged in various activities, but one should not be attached to the result of his work; the result should be done only for Him. For example, one may be engaged in business, but to transform that activity into krsna consciousness, one has to do business for Krsna. If krsna is the proprietor of the business, then krsnas hould enjoy the profit of the business. If a businessman is in possession of thousands and thousands of dollars, and if he has to offer all this to Krsna, he can do it.



  1. mat-karma-krt=engaged in doing My work; mat-paramah=considering Me
    the Supreme; mat-bhaktah=engaged in My devotional service; sanga-varjitah=freed from the contamination of fruitive activities and mental speculation; nirvairah=without an enemy; sarva-bhütesu=among all living entities; yah=one who; sah=he; mäm=unto Me; eti=comes; pandava=O son of Pandu.
  2. Bhakti-rasämrta-sindhu 2.255

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