Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 705

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 25

anubandham ksayam himsäm anapeksya ca paurusam
mohäd ärabhyate karma yat tat tämasam ucyate[1]


That action performed in illusion, in disregard of scriptural injunctions, and without concern for future bondage or for violence or distress caused to others is said to be in the mode of ignorance.


One has to give account of one’s actions to the state or to the agents of the Supreme Lord called the Yamadütas. Irresponsible work is destructive because it destroys the regulative principles of scriptural injunction. It is often based on violence and is distressing to other living entities. Such irresponsible work is carried out in the light of one’s personal experience. This is called illusion. And all such illusory work is a product of the mode of ignorance.



  1. anubandham=of future bondage; ksayam=destruction; himsäm=and distress to others; anapeksya=without considering the consequences; ca=also; paurusam=self-sanctioned; mohät=by illusion; ärabhyate=is begun;
    karma=work; yat=which; tat=that; tämasam=in the mode of ignorance; ucyate=is said to be.

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