SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
kāryaṁ karma karoti yaḥ
sa sannyāsī ca yogī ca
na niragnir na cākriyaḥ
SRĪ BHAGAVĀN Continued:-
‘He is the sannyāsi, he is the yogi, who discharges work as duty, independent of its fruit; not he that is fire-less (na niragniḥ), not he that is act-less (na-ch-ākriyaḥ).’
Karma-yoga with all its constituents has so far been expounded. The rules for the practice of yoga or meditation to secure ātma-vision, through Jñāna-yoga and Karma-yoga, will now be declared.
This verse is a short recapitulatory re-assertion of what has already been stated, viz., that (i) Karma-yoga is the immediate (or unaided) means (for ātma-attainment); that (2) it has in it the wisdom-aspect; and that (3) Karma-yoga has for its aim yoga (meditation which precedes ātma-vision).
Independently of the rewards of works, such as svarga etc., whosoever performs work as a duty, with no other idea than that it is worshipful service rendered to the Supreme Spirit, —Who is in every way our Real Loving Friend,— he is the sannyāsi or the Jñāna-yogi; and he is the true yogi or Karma-yogi. Such a person may be considered as walking both the paths (of Karma and of Jñāna), leading to ātma-realization.
So that the sannyāsi or Jñāni is not he that simply abstains from fire-duties1, or he who ceases to do any work, enjoined by the Śāstras viz., yajñās (sacrifices) etc., but he who engages in work, answering at once both the requirements of act and knowledge.
The next verse undertakes to show that in the kind of Karma-yoga, just described, there is wisdom also:
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- ‘Agnihotra’, etc., prescribed as karma. ↩