5.11 kāyena manasā buddhyā (Original)

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Chapter 5

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kāyena manasā buddhyā
kevalair indriyair api
yoginaḥ karma kurvanti
saṅgaṁ tyaktvātma-śuddhaye

‘Unattached, —for sake of self-purification—, do the yogis act, —by their body,— by the manas[1. See notes 2 and 3, p. 159.], —by the buddhi[2. See notes 2 and 3, p. 159.]— and even by the mere senses.’

Devoid of all clingings to fruits such as svarga etc., the (karma)-yogīs (mechanically) let their body, manas, buddhi and the senses do work, as but the instruments with which to effect self-purification.

Self-purification (ātma-śuddhi) is the breaking of the bonds of past deeds binding ātma.

Work is done to get this release (and therefore not for securing any fruit like svarga etc).

>> Chapter 5 verse 12

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