6.2 yaṁ sannyāsam iti prāhur (Original)

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Chapter 6

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yaṁ sannyāsam iti prāhur
yogaṁ taṁ viddhi pāṇḍava
na hy asannyasta-saṅkalpo
yogī bhavati kaścana

‘What they call sannyāsa, Pāṇḍava1!, know, it is yoga. For no one becometh a yogi who is not exempt from delusion.’

(Arjuna)! know that what they call sannyāsa (renunciation) or Jñāna-yoga, or ātma-wisdom, is no other than Karma-yoga itself. How it is so is explained by: ‘For no one becometh a yogi who is not exempt from delusion’. Delusion is the error one commits of mistaking matter for ātma. Sannyasta-saṅ-kalpaḥ is he who, by the power of his contemplation on true ātma-nature has given up this delusion. He who is otherwise is a-sannyasta-saṅkalpaḥ. No one who has not shaken off this delusion can be counted as a real Karma-yogi among Karma-yogīs, as shown in:

‘He whose all-acts are devoid of desire and delusion (saṅkalpa)’ (IV-19).

That Karma-yoga alone leads, without danger, to yoga (contemplation or meditation) is now stated:—

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  1. Patronymic of Arjuna, vide, Geneal: Table, at end, Lec: II.

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