Chapter 5: Karma-yoga — Action in Krishna Consciousness

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 5.22

ye hi samsparśa- bhogā

duhkha-yonaya eva te

ādy-antavantah kaunteya

na teshu ramate budhah

SYNONYMS

ye — those; hi — certainly; samsparśa-jāh — by contact with the material senses; bhogāh — enjoyments; duhkha — distress; yonayah — sources of; eva — certainly; te — they are; ādi — beginning; anta — end; vantah — subject to; kaunteyaO son of Kuntī; na — never; teshuin those; ramate — takes delight; budhah — the intelligent person.

TRANSLATION

An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kuntī, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.

PURPORT

Material sense pleasures are due to the contact of the material senses, which are all temporary because the body itself is temporary. A liberated soul is not interested in anything which is temporary. Knowing well the joys of transcendental pleasures, how can a liberated soul agree to enjoy false pleasure? In the Padma Purāna it is said:

ramante yogino 'nante

satyānande cid-ātmani

iti rāma-padenāsau

param brahmābhidhīyate

"The mystics derive unlimited transcendental pleasures from the Absolute Truth, and therefore the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, is also known as Rāma."

In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam also (5.5.1) it is said:

nāyam deho deha-bhājām nri-loke

kashtān kāmān arhate vid-bhujām ye

tapo divyam putrakā yena sattvam

śuddhyed yasmād brahma-saukhyam tv anantam

"My dear sons, there is no reason to labor very hard for sense pleasure while in this human form of life; such pleasures are available to the stool-eaters [hogs]. Rather, you should undergo penances in this life by which your existence will be purified, and as a result you will be able to enjoy unlimited transcendental bliss."

Therefore, those who are true yogīs or learned transcendentalists are not attracted by sense pleasures, which are the causes of continuous material existence. The more one is addicted to material pleasures, the more he is entrapped by material miseries.

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