Chapter 18 Moksha Sanyyas Yoga Verse 7
Mohaattasya parityaagas taamasah parikeertitah.
the abandonment of the same from delusion is declared to be Tamasic.
Now Lord Krishna is talking about the three kinds of renunciations and the effects that it produce. This shloka talks about the first type. Here Lord says that renunciation of any duty or action which is obligatory in nature is considered to be improper. Obligatory actions are those which are connected to the dharma of an individual and are to be performed without fail. If a person abandons these actions it happens mainly due to delusion caused by the confusions from within. A person who abandons the obligatory actions due to delusions is declared to be an ignorant person similar to the one with a Tamasic nature.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
What are obligatory actions? They are not your responsibilities towards your parents or children or spouse or towards society. Obligatory actions of an individual at this stage are the discipline of mind and senses and tolerance of pain and hardships. These things come in every activity that we undertake. Have you ever left a task midway? If you have then, you are indisciplined. Discipline of mind teaches us to choose activities after a careful contemplation and once you have chosen, come what may, you should never abandon them. Mind draws a person towards a task and senses deviates him from that.