14.16 karmaṇaḥ sukṛtasyāhuḥ (Original)

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Chapter 14

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karmaṇaḥ sukṛtasyāhuḥ
sāttvikaṁ nirmalaṁ phalam
rajasas tu phalaṁ duḥkham
ajñānaṁ tamasaḥ phalam

‘The fruit of good works, they (the wise) say, is Sātvika-purity; but pain is the fruit of Rajas, and unwisdom the fruit of Tamas.’

Thus, one who dies when Satvam is predominant, is born amid the ātma-enlightened (=sages). He performs virtuous acts with no motives for fruit, but such as are solely intended to be for My worship. The fruit for such work would be the gaining of more of Satvam. Purity means painlessness. So say those who are in a position to judge of such matters.

The result of Rajas reigning at the time of death is birth among those who, desirous of fruit, are tied down to works; who actually engage in works with such intent; birth again for enjoying the fruits of such works; and then again embarking on such fructiferous works as tend to develope more and more of Rajas; thus a perpetuation of the sorrows of Samsāra. So say the connoisseurs of the ways of the Rajas-quality.

Similarly, the fruit of Tamas is unwisdom or ignorance, i.e., a perpetuation thereof.

What that pure (or happy) fruits born of Satva etc., are now stated:—

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