SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt
‘In this1 there is no loss of effort, nor can any harm accrue. Even an iota of this Dharma2 saves from great fear.’
Any little effort that may have been made in this3, viz, karma-yoga, is not in vain. Abhikrama means ārambha=beginning (i.e., effort). Nāśa=destruction, i.e., the destruction or loss, that the effort is means to a certain fruit.
No failure of fruit attends even when a duty begun is not completed on account of interruptions intervening. And no harm whatever will accrue if it be interrupted at the commencement itself.
‘Even an iota of this dharma saves from great fear’: viz., the fear of samsāra (mundane career).
This same truth is further elaborated in verse:
‘Neither here, nor hereafter, is there loss to him, Pārtha!’ (Bh: GI: VI-40)
There are other ways (or efforts) both secular (laukik) and Scriptural (Vaidik), which when interrupted become abortive, and are moreover attended with evil consequences.
The difference between the wisdom of performing fructiferous action (kāmya), and the wisdom of performing action with final deliverance (moksha) as aim, is now pointed out:
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