Performing your duties without
Chapter 3, Verse 22
O son of Prtha, there is no work prescribed
for Me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want
of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything--and yet I am engaged
Chapter 3, Verse 25
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.
Chapter 3, Verse 28
One who is in knowledge of the Absolute Truth,
O mighty-armed, does not engage himself in the senses and sense
gratification, knowing well the differences between work in devotion
and work for fruitive results.
Chapter 3, Verse 29
Bewildered by the modes of material nature,
the ignorant fully engage themselves in material activities and
become attached. But the wise should not unsettle them, although
these duties are inferior due to the performers' lack of knowledge.
Chapter 3, Verse 30
Therefore, O Arjuna, surrendering all your
works unto Me, with mind intent on Me, and without desire for gain
and free from egoism and lethargy, fight.
Chapter 3, Verse 31
One who executes his duties according to
My injunctions and who follows this teaching faithfully, without
envy, becomes free from the bondage of fruitive actions.
Chapter 3, Verse 34
Attraction and repulsion for sense objects
are felt by embodied beings, but one should not fall under the control
of senses and sense objects because they are stumbling blocks on
the path of self-realization.
Chapter 3, Verse 35
It is far better to discharge one's prescribed
duties, even though they may be faultily, than another's duties.
Destruction in the course of performing one's own duty is better
than engaging in another's duties, for to follow another's path
Chapter 3, Verse 36
Arjuna said: O descendant of Vrsni, by what
is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged
Chapter 3, Verse 37
The Blessed Lord said: It is lust only, Arjuna,
which is born of contact with the material modes of passion and
later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring, sinful
enemy of this world.
Chapter 3, Verse 38
As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror
is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly,
the living entity is covered by different degrees of this lust.
Chapter 3, Verse 39
Thus, a man's pure consciousness is covered
by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied
and which burns like fire.