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Chapter 3

Communion through Action (Karma-Yoga)

arjuna uvaca
jyayasi cet karmanas te
mata buddhir janardana
tat kim karmani ghore mam
niyojayasi kesava [3-1]

Arjuna said: O Janardana, O Kesava, why do You urge me to engage in this ghastly warfare, if You think that intelligence is better than fruitive work? [3-1]

vyamisreneva vakyena
buddhim mohayasiva me
tad ekam vada niscitya
yena sreyo 'ham apnuyam [3-2]

My intelligence is bewildered by Your equivocal instructions. Therefore, please tell me decisively what is most beneficial for me. [3-2]

sri-bhagavan uvaca
loke 'smin dvi-vidha nistha
pura prokta mayanagha
jnana-yogena sankhyanam
karma-yogena yoginam [3-3]

The Blessed Lord said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who realize the Self. Some are inclined to understand Him by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others are inclined to know Him by devotional work. [3-3]

na karmanam anarambhan
naiskarmyam puruso 'snute
na ca sannyasanad eva

siddhim samadhigacchati [3-4]
Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can on
attain perfection. [3-4]

na hi kascit ksanam api
jatu tisthaty akarma-krt
karyate hy avasah karma
sarvah prakrti-jair gunaih [3-5]

All men are forced to act helplessly according to the impulses born of the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment. [3-5]

karmendriyani samyamya
ya aste manasa smaran
indriyarthan vimudhatma
mithyacarah sa ucyate [3-6]

One who restrains the senses and organs of action, but whose mind dwells on sense objects, certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender. [3-6]

yas tv indriyani manasa
niyamyarabhate 'rjuna
karmendriyaih karma-yogam
asaktah sa visisyate [3-7]

On the other hand, he who controls the senses by the mind and engages his active organs in works of devotion, without attachment, is by far superior. [3-7]
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