Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 729

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

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 49

asakta-buddhih sarvatra jitätmä vigata-sprhah
naiskarmya-siddhim paramäm sannyäsenädhigacchati[1]


One who is self-controlled and unattached and who disregards all material enjoyments can obtain, by practice of renunciation, the highest perfect stage of freedom from reaction.


Real renunciation means that one should always think himself part and parcel of the Supreme Lord and therefore think that he has no right to enjoy the results of his work. Since he is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, the results of his work must be enjoyed by the Supreme Lord. This is actually Krsna consciousness. The person acting in krsna consciousness is really a sannyäsi, one in the renounced order of life. By such a mentality, one is satisfied because he is actually acting for the Supreme. Thus he is not attached to anything material; he becomes accustomed to not taking pleasure in anything beyond the transcendental happiness derived from the service of the Lord. A sannyäsi is supposed to be free from the reactions of his past activities, but a person who is in krsna consciousness automatically attains this perfection without even accepting the so-called order of renunciation. This state of mind is called yogärüdha, or the perfectional stage of yoga. As confirmed in the Third Chapter, yas tv ätma-ratir eva syät

one who is satisfied in himself has no fear of any kind of reaction from his activity.



  1. asakta-buddhih=having unattached intelligence; sarvatra=everywhere;
    jita-ätmä=having control of the mind; vigata-sprhah=without material desires; naiskarmya-siddhim=the perfection of nonreaction;
    paramäm=supreme; sannyäsena=by the renounced order of life; adhigacchati=one attains.

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