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Bhagavadgita Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 5

Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 5

Yajnadaanatapah karma na tyaajyam kaaryameva tat;
Yajno daanam tapashchaiva paavanaani maneeshinaam.

Acts of sacrifice, gift and austerity should not be abandoned, but should be performed; sacrifice, gift and also austerity are the purifiers of the wise.


Lord Krishna in this shloka is talking about the activities that should never be abandoned but should be performed. He says that these activities are a must for the spiritual growth in an individual. Lord mentions three activities here that should never be abandoned. One is sacrifice, the second is the gift and the third is austerity. These activities should be performed with utmost sacredness and in all times. Lord also says that sacrifice which is also called Yajna, gift which is called dana and austerity which is simple living is practiced by an individual then it purifies the person’s soul. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

What happens to a wise man who practices Yajna, daana and austerity? He becomes a noble person and a philosopher. We have to understand that every act that we commit has a purpose written all over it and certain acts redefine things and take us closer to God. When a group of scientists have performed an experiment underground and discovered the God particle, is it out of chance? No, it is not. It is a Yajna or sacrifice or a ritual. We have understood already that any work that is done for the benefit of mankind is also a Yajna and this scientific discovery that takes us closer to understanding the minutest particle that gives life is also a Yajna. So far we know that mass can be converted to energy and vice versa but nobody knows how energy is created. The search for that is also a Yajna.

Any scientist who discovers the cure for cancer would also have done a huge benefit to mankind and this again happens by the will of God. One should understand that these are the diseases created by God and God leaves it to us to find out a remedy from them. It is not challenging the power of God but it is understanding the puzzle of God. Like that activities that concerns gifting, be it gift of knowledge or wealth or health or any other things is also something that should never be abandoned. Because these gifts help millions of people in their spiritual journey and they all happen by the will of God. It also helps you in purifying yourself further more and speeds up your spiritual journey. The underlying for all this is the simple living or austerity and that also should never be abandoned. 

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