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Chapter 12: Devotional Service

Bg 12.11
athaitad apy asakto 'si
kartum mad-yogam asritah
tatah kuru yatatmavan
atha—even though; etat—this; api—also; açaktaù—unable; asi—you are; kartum—to perform; mat—unto Me; yogam—devotional service; äçritaù—refuge; sarva-karma—all activities; phala—result; tyägam—for renunciation; tataù—therefore; kuru—do; yata-ätmavan—self-situated.
If, however, you are unable to work in this consciousness, then try to act giving up all results of your work and try to be self-situated.
It may be that one is unable to even sympathize with the activities of Kåñëa consciousness because of social, familial or religious considerations or because of some other impediments. If one attaches himself directly to the activities of Kåñëa consciousness, there may be objection from family members, or so many other difficulties. For one who has such a problem, it is advised that he sacrifice the accumulated result of his activities to some good cause. Such procedures are described in the Vedic rules. There are many descriptions of sacrifices and special functions of the pumundi or special work in which the result of one's previous action may be applied. Thus one may gradually become elevated to the state of knowledge. It is also found that when one who is not even interested in the activities of Kåñëa consciousness gives charity to some hospital or some other social institution, he gives up the hard-earned results of his activities. That is also recommended here because by the practice of giving up the fruits of one's activities one is sure to purify his mind gradually, and in that purified stage of mind one becomes able to understand Kåñëa consciousness. Of course Kåñëa consciousness is not dependant on any other experience because Kåñëa consciousness itself can purify one's mind, but if there are impediments to Kåñëa consciousness, one may try to give up the result of his action. In that respect, social service, community service, national service, sacrifice for one's country, etc., may be accepted so that some day one may come to the stage of pure devotional service to the Supreme Lord. In Bhagavad-gétä we find it is stated: yataù pravåttir bhütänäm: If one decides to sacrifice for the supreme cause, even if he does not know that the supreme cause is Kåñëa, he will come gradually to understand that Kåñëa is the supreme cause by the sacrificial method.


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