- Arjuna said:
Krishna, first you are giving praise to the renunciation of activities,
then you give praise to yoga. Please tell me definitively which one
is more beneficial.
- The Blessed One said:
Renunciation of work or the work of Yoga, both of them lead to the way
of openness. But of the two, the work of yoga is better than the renunciation
of all work.
- He should be understood always as the renouncer, who neither rejects
nor desires. Free of duality, great warrior, he is always happily liberated
- The ill-informed say that yoga is different from witnessing. When
you are involved in one, you are completely enjoying the results of
- Whatever achievement is gained by witnessing, one can also attain
through yoga. You can attain unity through either method, if you have
eyes to see.
- But simply renouncing all things without taking up yoga, great
warrior, can afflict you with misery. One who practices yoga will be
engaged. He can attain Brahma easily that way.
- A pure soul practicing yoga is centered in his soul, having conquered
the senses. He will have compassion to all living beings, and though
he acts he will never become attached.
- One who knows reality will think: 'I am never involved in doing,
even though I am seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, eating, defecating,
dreaming and breathing'.
- Let one always consider thusly, although they may be talking,
giving, taking, opening and closing, and generally involving the senses
- Dedicate all works to Brahma. One who takes actions, but without
attachment, is always free of wrongdoing, like a lotus leaf is not touched
by the water upon which it rests.
- Purified of body, mind, awareness and the senses, practitioners
of yoga perform all actions while giving up attachment. This purifies
- One thus practicing, giving up the lust of result, achieves unswerving
peace. One who does not practice this, acting with desired results in
mind, will always become attached.
- Renouncing all activities of the mind, one who is so focused
will always be blissful. In the city of nine gates (the body), one must
be embodied in such a way that you desire no action nor any result.
- The master of this city will claim no possession of it, nor cause
its people (parts) to take actions. Nor will he be connected to the
results of any activities, but only act naturally.
- Likewise the greater king of all the cities (Brahma) will not
accept any saintliness or sin. It is only individual beings who are
deluded to believe so, their awareness clouded by ignorance.
- However, when ignorance is destroyed by awareness, the awareness
of a living being becomes like a golden dawn, revealing the highest.
- One whose consciousness is always thus focused, one whose soul
is always thus focused, one whose trust is always thus focused, one
whose total comfort is only in this, he achieves unity. By awareness
all doubts are swept away.
- Well armed with true wisdom and gentleness, the learned will
see no difference in the priest, the cow, the elephant, the dog, or
- Those whose mind is focused on seeing the unity will certainly
conquer birth and death, even in this lifetime. As Brahma is perfectly
united, so shall the united be in Brahma.
- One who is completely aware of Brahma is in Brahma. He will neither
rejoice when good things happen nor will he become unhappy when bad
- One whose soul is not clouded by nonessential pleasures will
enjoy the bliss of the soul. By uniting to Brahma you unite to your
soul, and enjoy unlimited bliss.
- The senses are certainly the source of pleasures, and also of
suffering. All of these things shall come and all things shall pass.
Son of Kunti, the enlightened never revel in such things.
- One who is able to tolerate desire and anger born of lusts, in
this very body before it dies; he who can accept it all will find happiness
in his humanity.
- One who has inner happiness, focusing inwardly and enjoying the
inner world, he is certainly a mystic. Being aware of the reality of
Brahma, he obtains enlightenment in Brahma.
- Those who are inwardly active achieve enlightenment in Brahma.
They are free of any wrongdoing. They have destroyed duality, are focused
on the soul, and are doing a service to all living things.
- Those who are free of desire and anger, the saintly ones who
have control of consciousness, the ones who have become aware of the
soul, they are assured to gain enlightenment in Brahma.
- Suspend nonessential sensory forces, like sound and eyesight,
in the space between the eyes. Keep the incoming and outgoing breath
in the nostrils.
- In this way controlling the senses, awareness, and the mind,
the seeker will be destined for liberation. He will discard desires,
fear and anger. He will certainly be forever free.
- The receiver of offerings and sacrifices, the great lord of all
the worlds and their rulers, the benefactor of all living beings, one
who knows me as this will achieve peace.
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