Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 3.18

naiva tasya krtenartho

nakrteneha kascana

na casya sarva-bhutesu

kascid artha-vyapasrayah


na -- never; eva -- certainly; tasya -- his; krtena -- by discharge of duty; arthah -- purpose; na -- nor; akrtena -- without discharge of duty; iha -- in this world; kascana -- whatever; na -- never; ca -- and; asya -- of him; sarva-bhutesu -- among all living beings; kascit -- any; artha -- purpose; vyapasrayah -- taking shelter of.


A self-realized man has no purpose to fulfill in the discharge of his prescribed duties, nor has he any reason not to perform such work. Nor has he any need to depend on any other living being.


A self-realized man is no longer obliged to perform any prescribed duty, save and except activities in Krsna consciousness. Krsna consciousness is not inactivity either, as will be explained in the following verses. A Krsna conscious man does not take shelter of any person -- man or demigod. Whatever he does in Krsna consciousness is sufficient in the discharge of his obligation.

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