18.9 kāryam ity eva yat karma (Original)

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Chapter 18

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kāryam ity eva yat karma
niyataṁ kriyate ’rjuna
saṅgaṁ tyaktvā phalaṁ caiva
sa tyāgaḥ sāttviko mataḥ

‘That is deemed Sātvika-Renunciation, where work is done as duty incumbent, but attachment resigned, as also fruit.’

One must understand that all works such as the nitya, naimittika etc., Mahāyajñas, prescribed as duties devolving on the several Varṇas and Āśramas are but modes of My worship, being in themselves the end. If he performs thus, forsaking attachment i.e., destitute of the idea of ‘my-ness’ placed in the work —and also forsaking fruit, this is called (true) Renunciation, viz., Sātvika, or renunciation having its source in Satvam, or that which is the source of producing true Śāstra-knowledge.

That Satvam is originative of correct knowledge of things was already stated in: ‘From Satvam springs forth wisdom’ (Gi: XIV-17); and further on too it is declared:
‘That intellect, Pārtha! is Sātvika which discerns between action and inaction, duty and non-duty, fear and non-fear, bondage and release.’ (Gi: XVIII-30).

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