CHAPTER 5

• Arjuna said : O Krishna , first of all You ask me to renounce work, and then again you recommend work with devotion. Now will you kindly tell me definitely which of the two is more beneficial?

• 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 then renunciation of work.

• One who neither hates nor desires the fruits of his activities is known to be always renounced. Such a person, free from all dualities, easily overcomes material bondage and is completely liberated, O mightyarmed Arjuna.

• One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled.

• One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the supreme lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.

• When, however , one is enlightened with the knowledge by which nescience is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime.

• The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle Brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater.

• A person who neither rejoices upon achieving something pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unpleasant, who is self intelligent, who is unbewildered, and who knows the science of God, is already situated in transcendence.

• An intelligent person does no take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such Pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.

• Before giving up this present body, if one is able to tolerate the urges of the material senses and check the forces of desire and anger, he is well situated and is happy in this world.

• A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.