Chapter 18: Conclusion — The Perfection of Renunciation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.34

yayā tu dharma-kāmārthān

dhṛtyā dhārayate 'rjuna

prasańgena phalākāńkṣī

dhṛtiḥ pārtha rājasī

SYNONYMS

yayā — by which; tu — but; dharma — religiosity; kāma — sense gratification; arthān — and economic development; dhṛtyā — by determination; dhārayate — one sustains; arjunaO Arjuna; prasańgena — because of attachment; phala-ākāńkṣī — desiring fruitive results; dhṛtiḥ — determination; — that; pārthaO son of Pṛthā; rājasīin the mode of passion.

TRANSLATION

But that determination by which one holds fast to fruitive results in religion, economic development and sense gratification is of the nature of passion, O Arjuna.

PURPORT

Any person who is always desirous of fruitive results in religious or economic activities, whose only desire is sense gratification, and whose mind, life and senses are thus engaged is in the mode of passion.

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