5.2 sanyAsa: karmayOgaS cha

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Chapter 5

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SlOkam – Original

SrI bhagavAn uvAcha
sanyAsa: karmayOgaS cha ni:SrEyasakarAvubhau |
thayOs thu karmasanyAsAth karmayOgO viSishyathE ||

word-by-word meaning

SrI bhagavAn uvAcha- shri bhagavan said
sanyAsa: – gyAna yOga
karma yOga: cha – and karma yOga
ubhau – both
ni:SrEyasakarau – will independently bestow the best result of self realisation.

thayO: – among those two
karma sanyAsAth – more than gyAna yOga
karma yOga: thu – karma yOga only
viSishyathE – (due to certain reasons) has great importance.

Simple Translation

Both gyAna yOga and karma yOga will independently bestow the best result of self realisation. Still, among those two more than gyAna yOga (due to certain reaons) karma yOga only has great importance.

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

‘Renunciation and Karma-Yoga, both conduct
to bliss. Of these two however, Karma-Yoga is declared better than Karma-renounsal.’

Sannyāsa (lit: putting away) is cessation from work, and therefore means Jñāna-Yoga.

Both Jñāna-Yoga and Karma-Yoga, are each, independently capable of achieving bliss. But of the two, however, Karma-Yoga is better than Jñāna-Yoga, —the renunciation of works.

If it be asked how this is, it is said:—

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