Bhagavad Gita: Devotional Service is better than renunciation of work ( Karma-yoga-Action in Krsna(divine) Consciousness (Text 2, Ch 5)

sri-bhagavan uvaca

sannyasah karma-yogas ca
nihsreyasa-karav ubhau
tayos tu karma-sannyasat
karma-yogo visisyate

(Karma-yoga-Action in Krsna(divine) Consciousness (Text 2, Ch 5)

Meaning: The Personality of Godhead replied: The renunciation of work and work in devotion are both good for liberation. But, of the two, Work in devotional service is better than renunciation of work. 


  • Fruitive activities ( seeking sense gratification) are cause for material bondage. As long as one is engaged in activities aimed at improving the standard of bodily comfort, one is sure to transmigrate to different types of bodies, thereby continuing material bondage perpetually.
  • One is considered to be a failure in life as long as he makes no inquiry about his real identity.
  • Develop love for devotional service to divine. Only then can one have the opportunity to get out of the bondage of material existence.
  • When persons eager to achieve liberation renounce things related to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, thinking them to be material, their renunciation is called incomplete. Renunciation is complete when it is in the knowledge that everything in existence belongs to the Lord and that no one should claim proprietorship over anything. One should understand that factually, nothing belongs to anyone.Then were is the question of renunciation. One who knows that everything is divine(God)  property is always situated in renunciation. Since everything belongs to divine, everything should be employed in the service of divine(God).  

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