Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 115

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

Karma Yoga or the Method of Work

22. na me partha 'sti kartavyam trisu lakesu kimcana
na 'navaptam avaptavyam varta eva ca karma ii
(22) There is not for me, 0 Partha (Arjuna), any work in the three worlds which has to be done nor anything to be
obtained which has not been obtained; yet I am engaged in work.
Life of God and life of the world are not opposed to each other.[1]

23 yadi hy aham na varteyarh jatu karmany atandritah
mama vartma 'nuvarante manusyah partha sarvasah
(23) For, if ever I did not engage in work unwearied, 0 Partha (Arjuna), men in every way follow my path.

24. utsideyur ime lokã na kuryam karma ced aham
samkarasya ca kart syam upahanyam imah prajah
(24) If I should cease to work, these worlds would fall in ruin and I should be the creator of disordered life and destroy these people.God, by His incessant activity, preserves the world and pre-vents it from falling back into non-existence.[2]


References and Context

  1. C.p. M.B. In the name of my lordship, I slave for the whole world, dasyam aisvaryavadena jnatinam tu karomy ham.Cp. M B., III, 313, 17.tarko pratisthah árutayo vibhinna naiho munir yasya vacate pramanam
    dharrnasya tattvam mhitam guhayam mahajano yena gatah sa panthah.
  2. Cp St. Thomas: "As the production of a thing into existence depends on the will of God, so likewise it depends on His will that things should be preserved ; hence if He took away His action from them, all things would be reduced to nothing." Sunnma Theol. I, IX, 2c.