4.23 gata-saṅgasya muktasya (Original)

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Chapter 4

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gata-saṅgasya muktasya
yajñāyācarataḥ karma
samagraṁ pravilīyate

‘All karma[2. Karma here means past deeds of a man, merit and demerit which tie him down to samsāra.] entirely ceases for him, who has ceased from attachment, who has renounced all, whose mind is wisdom-absorbed, and who works for yajñā (sacrifice).’

From his mind being entirely engrossed in ātma-wisdom, his attachment to other things has been withdrawn. Hence he has abandoned all belongings or property. And he lives for the sake of performing sacrifices (yajñās) in the way already described. All past or accumulated karma[3. Karma here means past deeds of a man, merit and demerit which tie him down to samsāra.], which tends to bind such a person, perishes without residue.

The wisdom-aspect of viewing work as connected with the contemplation of ātma-nature as contradistinguished from prakṛiti (material nature), has now been explained.

And now, a higher view is presented, viz., the wisdom-aspect of work, by contemplating that the Soul of all work, with all its (work’s) factors of execution, is the Paramount Spirit, Who is Parabrahma[4. ‘The Great, par excellence‘, the 669th name of God.]

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