SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
sannyāsaṁ karmaṇāṁ kṛṣṇa
punar yogaṁ ca śaṁsasi
yac chreya etayor ekaṁ
tan me brūhi su-niścitam
‘On renouncal1 of work, Kṛishṇa! and again on doing of works (yoga), dost Thou descant. Which of the two is better, conclusively tell me.’
The renunciation of works is Jñāna-Yoga. Yoga is Karma-Yoga, the prosecution of works. Once, thou dost extol the former, once the latter! Here is a summary of Thy teachings:—
In Lecture Two, Thou didst declare that Karma-Yoga was worthy to be followed by the moksha-aspirant, and that as soon as the inner organ (antaḥkaraṇa=mind) became purified of taints, it was then time to embark on Jñāna-Yoga, which would bring about ātma-vision (i.e., soul-consciousness).
But in Lectures Three and Four, Thou didst maintain that Karma-Yoga was preferable even in the case of him who is qualified for Jñāna-Yoga; that Karma-Yoga was alone sufficient, —without the aid of Jñāna-Yoga —as a Means to ātma-attainment.
As between these two then, viz: Karma-Yoga and Jñāna-Yoga, wilt thou tell me truly, which of them is the superior, the ready, the easy, means to attain to ātma?
Śrī Bhagavān responds thus:—
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