Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 726

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 46

yataH pravrttir bhütänäm yena sarvam idam tatam
sva-karmanä tam abhyarcya siddhim vindati mänavah[1]


By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is all-pervading, a man can attain perfection through performing his own work.


As stated in the Fifteenth Chapter, all living beings are fragmental parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord. Thus the Supreme Lord is the beginning of all living entities. This is confirmed in the Vedänta-sütra—janmädy asya yatah[2]The Supreme Lord is therefore the beginning of life of every living entity.

And as stated in the Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, the Supreme Lord, by His two energies, His external energy and internal energy, is all-pervading. Therefore one should worship the Supreme Lord with His energies. Generally the Vaisnava devotees worship the Supreme Lord with His internal energy. His external energy is a perverted reflection of the internal energy. The external energy is a background, but the Supreme Lord by the expansion of His plenary portion as Paramätmä is situated everywhere. He is the Supersoul of all demigods, all human beings, all animals, everywhere. One should therefore know that as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord one has his duty to render service unto the Supreme. Everyone should be engaged in devotional service to the Lord in full krsna consciousness. That is recommended in this verse.

Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses. And by the result of the work in which one is engaged, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, should be worshiped. If one thinks always in this way, in full krsna consciousness, then, by the grace of the Lord, he becomes fully aware of everything. That is the perfection of life. The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita [3], tesam aham samuddhartä. The Supreme Lord Himself takes charge of delivering such a devotee. That is the highest perfection of life. In whatever occupation one may be engaged, if he serves the Supreme Lord he will achieve the highest perfection.



  1. yatah=from whom; pravrttih=the emanation; bhütänäm=of all living
    entities; yena=by whom; sarvam=all; idam=this; tatam=is pervaded; sva-karmanä=by his own duties; tam=Him; abhyarcya=by worshiping;
    siddhim=perfection; vindati=achieves; mänavah=a man.
  2. SB 1.1.1
  3. 12.7

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