Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 145

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

True Renunciation

6. samnyasas tu mahabaho
duhkham aptum ayogatal
yoga munch brahrna
nacireiã 'dhigacchati
(6) But renunciation, 0 Mighty-armed (Arjuna), is difficult to attain without yoga ; the sage who is earnest in yoga (the way of works) attains soon to the Absolute.

7. yogayukto visuddhatma
vijitatma jitendriyah
kurvann api na lipyate
(7) He who is trained in the way of works, and is pure in soul, who is master of his self and who has conquered the senses, whose soul becomes the self of all beings, he is not tainted by works, though he works.
He renounces all actions inwardly, not outwardly. Even 8. admits that such action is quite consistent with the knowledge of Self. Even if he acts for the sake of world-solidarity, he is not bound by actions.[1]

8. vai 'va kimcit karomi 'ti yukto
manyeta tattuavit pasyan srnvan
sprsan jighrani asnan
gacchan svapan svasan
(8) The man who is united with the Divine and knows the truth thinks "I do nothing at all" for in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, walking, sleeping, breathing;

9. pralapan visrijan grhnann
unmisan nimisann api
indriyani 'ndriyarthesu
vartanta titi dharayan
(9) In speaking, emitting, grasping, opening and closing the eyes he holds that only the senses are occupied with the objects of the senses. We are called upon to realize the self in us which is pure and free and distinct from the factors of prakrti or objective universe. The constituents of the ego are impermanent, a flux which changes from moment to moment. There is no changeless centre or immortal nucleus in these pretenders to selfhood.


References and Context

  1. sah . . . lokasarhgrahaya karma hurvann api na lz pyate, na karrnabhir badhyate.M