Bhagavad Gita : अध्याय 3 का श्लोक 4 अथ तृतीयोऽध्यायः- कर्मयोग


न कर्मणामनारंभान्नैष्कर्म्यं पुरुषोऽश्नुते ।
न च सन्न्यसनादेव सिद्धिं समधिगच्छति ॥

भावार्थ : मनुष्य न तो कर्मों का आरंभ किए बिना निष्कर्मता (जिस अवस्था को प्राप्त हुए पुरुष के कर्म अकर्म हो जाते हैं अर्थात फल उत्पन्न नहीं कर सकते, उस अवस्था का नाम 'निष्कर्मता' है।) को यानी योगनिष्ठा को प्राप्त होता है और न कर्मों के केवल त्यागमात्र से सिद्धि यानी सांख्यनिष्ठा को ही प्राप्त होता है॥4॥

Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection.




The renounced order of life can be accepted upon being purified by the discharge of the prescribed form of duties which are laid down just to purify the heart of materialistic men. Without purification, one cannot attain success by abruptly adopting the fourth order of life (sannyāsa). According to the empirical philosophers, simply by adopting sannyāsa, or retiring from fruitive activities, one at once becomes as good as Nārāyaṇa. But Lord Kṛṣṇa does not approve this principle. Without purification of heart, sannyāsa is simply a disturbance to the social order. On the other hand, if someone takes to the transcendental service of the Lord, even without discharging his prescribed duties, whatever he may be able to advance in the cause is accepted by the Lord (buddhi-yoga). Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trāyatemahato bhayāt. Even a slight performance of such a principle enables one to overcome great difficulties.



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