Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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

349 Views | 4 months ago

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

Whatsapp: +91 8547960362
Subscribe to our newsletter:

About us:
Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.

Intro video and Thumbnails created from free images and videos from and

from the ashram diary


  • What is Growth for a Spiritual Seeker?

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • The Meaning of Surrender in Spirituality

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • Non-expectation - The Hallmark of True Seeking

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • What is Doing Everything and yet Do Nothing

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • The Message behind Vishwarupa Darshana

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • The Sthitaprajna and the Sthitadhi in Bhagavad Gita

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

All audio resources arrow-round