Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 696

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 16

tatraivam sati kartäram ätmänam kevalam tu yah
pasyaty akrta-buddhitvän na sa pasyati durmatih[1]


Therefore one who thinks himself the only doer, not considering the five factors, is certainly not very intelligent and cannot see things as they are.


A foolish person cannot understand that the Supersoul is sitting as a friend within and conducting his actions. Although the material causes are the place, the worker, the endeavor and the senses, the final cause is the Supreme, the Personality of Godhead. Therefore, one should see not only the four material causes but the supreme efficient cause as well. One who does not see the Supreme thinks himself to be the doer.



  1. tatra=there; evam=thus; sati=being; kartäram=the worker; ätmänam=himself; kevalam=only; tu=but; yah=anyone who; pasyati=sees; akrta-buddhitvät=due to unintelligence; na=never; sah=he; pasyati=sees; durmatih=foolish.

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