Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 686

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 6

etäny api tukarmani sangam tyaktvä phaläni ca
kartavyäniti me pärtha niscitam matam uttamam[1]


All these activities should be performed without attachment or any expectation of result. They should be performed as a matter of duty, O son of Prthä. That is My final opinion.


Although all sacrifices are purifying, one should not expect any result by such performances. In other words, all sacrifices which are meant for material advancement in life should be given up, but sacrifices that purify one’s existence and elevate one to the spiritual plane should not be stopped. Everything that leads to krsna consciousness must be encouraged. In the Srimad-Bhägavatam also it is said that any activity which leads to devotional service to the Lord should be accepted. That is the highest criterion of religion. A devotee of the Lord should accept any kind of work, sacrifice or charity which will help him in the discharge of devotional service to the Lord.



  1. etäni=all these; api=certainly; tu=but;karmani=activities; sangam=association; tyaktvä=renouncing; phaläni=results; ca=also; kartavyäni=should be done as duty; iti=thus; me=My; pärtha=O son of Prthaniscitam=definite; matam=opinion; uttamam=the best.

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