Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

06 – Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 18 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – The Way to Freedom

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In this session the importance of action and the ideal attitude to perform them are discussed. Lord Krishna says that we should never renounce those actions which elevate us and are beneficial in purification of the mind. Yajna, Dana and Tapas help in spiritual evolution and growth. Therefore, they should be practiced regularly and selflessly by wise men.

One who gives up his prescribed duties in the name of renunciation is considered to be deluded and ignorant and is tamasa in nature. To give up prescribed duties because they are troublesome or cause bodily discomfort is rajasa renunciation. Such renunciation is never beneficial or elevating. However, the superior kind of renunciation is to continue to perform the obligatory duties, giving up attachment to the fruit of actions. This is the highest kind of renunciation, it is said to be sattvika renunciation.

The gist of this whole discussion is that, it is not the actions which are to be renounced, it is our desire and clinging which needs to be abandoned in full measure.

Slokas: 18.5 to 18.10

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