Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya 189

Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya

Chapter-6 Dhyāna Yogaḥ

Communion through Meditation

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śrī bhagavān uvāca

anāśritaḥ karma-phalaṃ kāryaṃ karma karoti yaḥ |
sa saṃnyāsī ca yogī ca na nir-agnir-na cākriyaḥ || 1 ||

The Blessed Lord said:

1. One who performs obligatory works without expecting their fruits — is a Sanyāsin and
Yogi, and not one who does not maintain sacred fires and performs no (prescribed) actions.

Commentary

One who performs actions without motivation for their rewards such as heaven, etc., with the conviction that it is one’s duty, and sole aim, because they are forms of worship of the Supreme Being who is one’s friend in every way and one’s only goal — such a person is a real Sanyāsin, (a practitioner of Jñāna Yoga), and also a Karma Yogi, (practitioner of Karma Yoga). And not one who is disinclined to perform the enjoined works such as sacrifices, etc., nor one who is devoted to mere knowledge alone [without any practice]..


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