Chapter 18: Conclusion — The Perfection of Renunciation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.4

niścayaḿ śṛṇu me tatra

tyāge bharata-sattama

tyāgo hi puruṣa-vyāghra

tri-vidhaḥ samprakīrtitaḥ


niścayam — certainty; śṛṇu — hear; me — from Me; tatra — therein; tyāgein the matter of renunciation; bharata-sat-tamaO best of the Bhāratas; tyāgaḥ — renunciation; hi — certainly; puruṣa-vyāghraO tiger among human beings; tri-vidhaḥ — of three kinds; samprakīrtitaḥ — is declared.


O best of the Bhāratas, now hear My judgment about renunciation. O tiger among men, renunciation is declared in the scriptures to be of three kinds.


Although there are differences of opinion about renunciation, here the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, gives His judgment, which should be taken as final. After all, the Vedas are different laws given by the Lord. Here the Lord is personally present, and His word should be taken as final. The Lord says that the process of renunciation should be considered in terms of the modes of material nature in which they are performed.

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