Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 3.7

yas tv indriyani manasa

niyamyarabhate 'rjuna

karmendriyaih karma-yogam

asaktah sa visisyate

SYNONYMS

yah -- one who; tu -- but; indriyani -- the senses; manasa -- by the mind; niyamya -- regulating; arabhate -- begins; arjuna -- O Arjuna; karma-indriyaih -- by the active sense organs; karma-yogam -- devotion; asaktah -- without attachment; sah -- he; visisyate -- is by far the better.

TRANSLATION

On the other hand, if a sincere person tries to control the active senses by the mind and begins karma-yoga [in Krsna consciousness] without attachment, he is by far superior.

PURPORT

Instead of becoming a pseudo transcendentalist for the sake of wanton living and sense enjoyment, it is far better to remain in one's own business and execute the purpose of life, which is to get free from material bondage and enter into the kingdom of God. The prime svartha-gati, or goal of self-interest, is to reach Visnu. The whole institution of varna and asrama is designed to help us reach this goal of life. A householder can also reach this destination by regulated service in Krsna consciousness. For self-realization, one can live a controlled life, as prescribed in the sastras, and continue carrying out his business without attachment, and in that way make progress. A sincere person who follows this method is far better situated than the false pretender who adopts show-bottle spiritualism to cheat the innocent public. A sincere sweeper in the street is far better than the charlatan meditator who meditates only for the sake of making a living.

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