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Art of Renunciation
This chapter of 29 slokas, known as karma sanyãsa yoga, Renunciation of Action, is in response to Arjuna’s plea at the beginning of the chapter, ‘Pray be clear, as Thee aver / Act ’n give up in selfsame breath’.
Lord Krishna sets the tone for self-help in this chapter with the opening statement, ‘Give up all ’n thou be freed / So’s the case with selfless work / But know latter scores much better’.
S18 avers the Omnipresence of the Supreme in Brahmans, cows, elephants, dogs and dog eaters. This tasteless description could be but an interpolation as it is so ill behoves the Lord’s eloquence and sophistication of expression seen throughout. Incidentally, the succeeding s19 makes it clear that whoever recognizes Him in all beings attains the Supreme State in life itself. It may be noted that s29 and s30 of next chapter also run along the same lines.
S27-s28 that deal with yogic practices and s29, which asserts the Supreme as the beneficiary of sacrificial rituals, are but interpolation for reasons that bear no repetition.
1 Thus spoke Arjuna: Pray be clear, as Thee aver Act ’n give up in selfsame breath.
2 Thus spoke the Lord: Give up all ’n thou be freed So is the case with selfless work But know latter scores much better.
3 Wise neither want, nor they shun That’s how they give up ever engaged.
4 Way action ’n path learning Know not ignorant not different.
5 Work highway ’n lane freedom Know the learned are the same.
6 What thou forego if thee cease Deeds selfless make acts forsake.
7 Such one realized Self-willed, dutiful Within self remains Without ever engaged.
8 Privy to this will realize On his body as it works Say hath he none to name one.
9 Wise do realize needs physical Urges are they driven by genes.
10 Spreads on lotus leaves as water Sticks none sin of deeds duteous.
11 Wise in selfless work engage Forego while they self-purify.
12 Wise ever stay cool never in want Bog down but naive ever in want.
13 Covetous not ’n ever laid back Wise in tune with Supreme lay.
14 It’s his nature, not the Spirit Makes man act by wants induced.
15 Takes not Supreme credit or fault Grasp none have of this uncouth.
16 He that keeps his bias at bay Sun-like he shines being wise.
17 In clear conscience ’n fairness Gives man freedom faith in Him.
19 Keeps who equity ever in thought Faultless being attains he Brahman.
20 In state Brahman, Gloats never man as smiles fortune Nor loses heart when things go wrong.
21 Joys induced all tire one soon Stay self-joyous all blissful souls.
22 End as in grief joys of flesh Go not wise for pleasures such brief.
23 Subdue lust ’n rein in wrath Leads that to thy state of joy.
24 Live in ease the true knowing Enjoy they all within themselves.
25 With pure intent sans ill-will Realized all reach State Supreme.
26 Unmoved by his mind subdued Stays ever free the self-realized.
Ends thus: Art of Renunciation, The Fifth Chapter Of Bhagavad-Gita, Treatise of self-help.
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