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bhagavadgita Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 3

Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 3

Tyaajyam doshavadityeke karma praahurmaneeshinah; Yajnadaanatapah karma na tyaajyamiti chaapare.

Some philosophers declare that all actions should be abandoned as an evil, while others declare that acts of gift, sacrifice and austerity should not be relinquished.


After talking about the view point of the sages and the wise men on their approach to Salvation, Lord Krishna in this shloka is talking about how philosophers differ in their view point of Moksha. He says that according to some philosophers all actions should be abandoned because they feel that most of the actions have desires in them which makes them evil. He then says that there is another group of philosophers who feel that actions that are directed at giving gifts to the people. performing various types of sacrifices and acts that are directed at a simple living need not be abandoned for attaining moksha. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

There is always a dilemma in every learned person’s mind as to what exactly is the right approach for salvation. Philosophers are those who have a rational approach to things related to theology and science. They don’t see science different from religion. Probably Einstein was the greatest philosopher that the world has seen last. The belief here is as to what kind of actions should be abandoned. Still, there are some philosophers who believe in abandoning all kinds of actions and live as a hermit to attain salvation. They feel that anything materialistic will divert the mind and makes a person move away from God. God can be there in one’s mind if nothing else is there in his mind and abandoning actions is the only way to make it possible.

Another school of thought mostly of scientific belief system who believe in continuing the acts of gifts, sacrifice and austerity. According to them, doing actions that are intended at satisfying self are more valuable than in-action. The question is what would one choose between abandoning everything and sitting in the mediation and in doing acts that are selflessly aimed. These philosophers strongly advise actions that are connected to austerity and sacrifice. Lets now see what Lord Krishna has to say on this. 

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