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Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

Bg 3.25
TEXT 25
saktah karmany avidvamso
yatha kurvanti bharata
kuryad vidvams tathasaktas
cikirsur loka-sangraham
SYNONYMS
saktäù—being attached; karmaëi—prescribed duties; avidväàsaù—the ignorant; yathä—as much as; kurvanti—do it; bhärata—O descendant of Bharata; kuryät—must do; vidvän—the learned; tathä—thus; asaktaù—without attachment; cikérñuù—desiring to; loka-saìgraham—leading the people in general.
TRANSLATION
As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, similarly the learned may also act, but without attachment, for the sake of leading people on the right path.
PURPORT
A person in Kåñëa consciousness and a person not in Kåñëa consciousness are differentiated by different desires. A Kåñëa conscious person does not do anything which is not conducive to development of Kåñëa consciousness. He may even act exactly like the ignorant person, who is too much attached to material activities, but one is engaged in such activities for the satisfaction of his sense gratification, whereas the other is engaged for the satisfaction of Kåñëa. Therefore, the Kåñëa conscious person is required to show the people how to act and how to engage the results of action for the purpose of Kåñëa consciousness.

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