Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 135

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

The Way of Knowledge

19. yasya same samarambhah
kamasarhkalpagar Ptah
tam huh anditatm budhah
(19) He whose undertakings are all free from the will of desire, whose works are burned up in the fire of wisdom, him the wise call a man of learning.
Such a worker has the universality of outlook born of wisdom (jnana) and freedom from selfish desire. Though he works, he really does nothing

20 tyaktva karmaphatasaigam
nityatygto nirasrayah
hammy abhipravytto pi
nai 'va kimcit karoti sah
(20) Having abandoned attachment to the fruit of works, ever content, without any kind of dependence, he does nothing though he is ever engaged in work.
Cp. A stavakragita. "He who is devoid of existence and non-existence, who is wise, satisfied, free from desire, does nothing even if he may be acting in the eyes of the world.[1]
"He who, without attachment to them, surrenders to God all religious practices ordained by the scriptures, obtains the perfection of non-action; the promised fruit is only to attract us to action. "[2]


References and Context

  1. XVIII, 19. See also 20-6.
  2. vedoktam eva khurvano mssango'rpitam isvare natskarmyasaddhim labiate rocanartha phadasrutih.