Bhagavadgita Chapter 18 Moksha Sanyyas Yoga Verse 11

Chapter 18 Moksha Sanyyas Yoga Verse 11
Na hi dehabhritaa shakyam tyaktum karmaanyasheshatah;
Yastu karmaphalatyaagi sa tyaageetyabhidheeyate.
Verily, it is not possible for an embodied being to abandon actions entirely;
but he who relinquishes the rewards of actions is verily called a man of renunciation.
Interpretation

Last shloka talked extensively about how a person who doesnt differentiate the agreeable and disagreeable works that he undertakes. This shloka defines the person who is called as the man of renunciation. Lord Krishna says that it is not possible for anyone to leave the work that he is doing, however small and unimportant that work might be. It is because the person while doing those works gets embodied in them and becomes a part of that work. But there are some people who, without any second thoughts relinquishes or leaves the rewards of all his actions. Such kind of person is alone called as man of renunciation.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Yesterday we have seen through the life of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, how a person never differentiates a desired and undesired works and performs all his works dutifully. This shloka is an extension of that. Tagore never really bothered about the rewards for his works. Sitting in his Shanti niketan, he dutifully carried out all his works. It is very important for us to understand that our nature alone defines the works that we choose. Not only that its our nature again that urges us to continue with the work that we choose. So, it is not wise on our part to relinquish the works, whatever maybe the cost. A true renouncer is the one who renounces the fruits of those actions and without any attachments continues to pursue his works. 

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