Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya 165

Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya

Chapter-5 Karma Sanyāsa Yogaḥ


śrī bhagavān uvāca

saṃnyāsaḥ karma yogaśca niḥśreyasakarāv-ubhau |
tayos-tu karma saṃnyāsāt karma-yogo viśiṣyate || 2 ||

The Blessed Lord said:

2. Renunciation of actions and Karma Yoga, both lead to the highest beatitude. But, of these two,
Karma Yoga is superior to the renunciation of actions.

jñeyaḥ sa nitya saṃnyāsī yo na dveṣṭi na kāṅkṣati |
nir-dvandvo hi mahābāho sukhaṃ bandhāt-pramucyate || 3 ||

3. One who neither resents nor desires is to be known as a perpetual renunciate: verily one who is
free from the pairs of opposites is easily liberated from bondage, O Mighty-Armed (Arjuna).


The Karma Yogi, who, being satisfied with the realization of the Self, does not desire I anything else and consequently does not resent anything; therefore, stoically endures the effects of the pairs of opposites — he should be understood as fully renounced — even established in Wisdom Yoga. Such a person therefore, is freed from bondage because of attaining perfection in Action Yoga which is easy to practice.

Wisdom Yoga and Action Yoga are now taught as being independent of each other as means for attainment of Self-realization.


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