Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 695

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 15

sarira-vän-manobhir yat karma prärabhate narah
nyäyyam vä viparitam vä pancaite tasya hetavah[1]


Whatever right or wrong action a man performs by body, mind or speech is caused by these five factors.


The words “right” and “wrong” are very significant in this verse. Right work is work done in terms of the prescribed directions in the scriptures, and wrong work is work done against the principles of the scriptural injunctions. But whatever is done requires these five factors for its complete performance.



  1. sarira=by the body; väk=speech; manobhih=and mind; yat=which;
    karma=work; prärabhate=begins; narah=a person; nyäyyam=right; vä=or; viparitam=the opposite; vä=or; panca=five; ete=all these; tasya=its; hetavah=causes.

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