BHAGAVAT GEETHA – CHAPTER 4 – ज्ञानकर्मसंन्यसयोग: – YOGA OF RENUNCIATION OF ACTION IN KNOWLEDGE – PART 12

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4.709.
न मां कर्माणि लिम्पन्ति न मे कर्मफले स्पृहा ।
इति मां योऽभिजानाति कर्मभिर्न स बध्यते ॥ १४ ॥ (4.14)

4.710. Actions do not taint me. For me there is no hankering for the results of actions. One who knows me thus is never bound by actions.

4.711. To whom does the works taint? For the one who has the sense of ‘I’ and ‘me’. This is ego.

4.712. न मां तानि कर्माणि लिम्पन्ति देहाद्यारम्भकत्वेन, अहङ्काराभावात् । The actions do not taint me by originating a body because I am not egoistic.

4.713. What desire can there be for one who is Self-fulfilled? asks Aagama Upanishad. Verifly I have no taint through craving for results.

4.714.
एवं ज्ञात्वा कृतं कर्म पूर्वैरपि मुमुक्षुभिः ।
कुरु कर्मैव तस्मात्त्वं पूर्वैः पूर्वतरं कृतम् ॥ १५ ॥ (4.15)

4.715. Knowing thus was work done by ancient seekers after liberation. Therefore you too do only work as was done by those ancients.

4.716. Objection: If work is to be done, I shall do at your bidding. Why recommend it in the words “done by the ancients of bygone days”?

4.717.
किं कर्म किमकर्मेति कवयोऽप्यत्र मोहिताः ।
तत्ते कर्म प्रवक्ष्यामि यज्ज्ञात्वा मोक्ष्यसेऽशुभात् ॥ १६ ॥ (4.16)

4.718. What is work? What is non-work? In respect of these questions even the sages are deluded. 1/2

4.719. Therefore I shall explain the nature of work, by knowing it you will be delivered of evil. 2/2

4.720.
कर्मणो ह्यपि बोद्धव्यं बोद्धव्यं च विकर्मणः ।
अकर्मणश्च बोद्धव्यं गहना कर्मणो गतिः ॥ १७ ॥ (4.17)

4.721. For there is something to be known even about actions, and something to be known about prohibited action; and someting has to be known about inaction. The course of action is profound.

4.722.
कर्मण्यकर्म यः पश्येदकर्मणि च कर्म यः ।
स बुद्धिमान्मनुष्येषु स युक्तः कृत्स्नकर्मकृत् ॥ १८ ॥ (4.18)

4.723. Whoso beholds non-work in work and work in non-work is wise among men; he is integrated; he does all works.

4.724. This is a very important verse and needs to be explained at length. I will therefore take it up in the next session.

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