Understanding Gita – 35

Second episode/adhyaya – Sankhya yoga

TEXT 49

dūrea hy avara karma
buddhi-yogād dhanañjaya
buddhau śaraam anviccha
kpaā phala-hetava

SYNONYMS

dūreaby discarding it at a long distance; hicertainly; avaramabominable; karmaactivities; buddhiyogāton the strength of Kṛṣṇa consciousness; dhanañjaya—O conqueror of wealth; buddhauin such consciousness; śaraamfull surrender; anvicchadesire; kpaāthe misers; phalahetavathose desiring fruitive action.

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Keep all the abominable activities at a distance by the strength of Buddhi Yoga, O Dhananjaya(conqueror of wealth)! Surrender yourself in such consciousness. Those who work for karma-phala are misers.

Doing any karma, keeping your mind in the Supreme with absolute resolution, is Buddhi Yoga. By taking such a resolve, one should push away all the bad activities(one cannot do bad activities in the name of God).

The activities undertaken for desire fulfillment are of very low standard compared to the ones done in Buddhi Yoga. If we do any karma keeping our own interest in mind(like appreciation, or financial gain or anything), we are being miserly, in the sense we are capable of doing much more, but we are settling for less.  Turn that interest towards Lord. 

What would be the quality of karma if we are doing it to please God? – We will do it whole heartedly, isn’t it? Obviously anything done wholeheartedly is of higher quality. Every action should be done this way.

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