Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
Chapter 3, Text 31-35.
ye me matam idaà nityam
mucyante te 'pi karmabhiù
ye tv etad abhyasüyanto
nänutiñöhanti me matam
viddhi nañöän acetasaù
“Those persons who execute their duties according to My
injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully,
without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive
actions. But those who, out of envy, disregard these
teachings and do not follow them regularly are to be
considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled, and
ruined in their endeavors for perfection.”
Faith in Lord and His potencies.
• Many philosophers write comments
on the Bhagavad-gétä, but have no faith
in Kåñëa. They will never be liberated
from the bondage of fruitive action.
E.g. Lord Shiva & Parvati coming to
Triveni sangam as lepor and testing
E.g. Narada meeting with brahmana
sadåçaà ceñöate svasyäù
prakåter jïänavän api
prakåtià yänti bhütäni
nigrahaù kià kariñyati
“Even a man of knowledge acts
according to his own nature, for
everyone follows the nature he
has acquired from the three
modes. What can repression
Grip of three modes of nature.
• One under three modes of
material nature is like addicted to
intoxication, and helplessly acts
under the control of three modes.
• Academic qualifications cannot
help one to surpass the three
modes of nature.
E.g. Ravana, learned, but under
the control of three modes,
similarly educated people live
nasty and unclean life with bad
tayor na vaçam ägacchet
tau hy asya paripanthinau
“There are principles to regulate
attachment and aversion pertaining to
the senses and their objects. One
should not come under the control of
such attachment and aversion,
because they are stumbling blocks on
the path of self-realization.”
Importance of rules and regulations.
• One should not follow rules and
regulations focusing on sense
• E.g. King Aila becoming attracted
to Urvasi, the heavenly girl.
Benediction to have her for one
day in a year and desperately
waiting for that one day every
E.g. Accidents on interstates.
çreyän sva-dharmo viguëaù
sva-dharme nidhanaà çreyaù
“It is far better to discharge one's
prescribed duties, even though faultily,
than another's duties perfectly.
Destruction in the course of performing
one's own duty is better than engaging
in another's duties, for to follow
another's path is dangerous.”
Importance of following sva-dharma
• Material and spiritual duties for
everyone, and following those duties is
• Do not imitate other’s duties, it is
e.g. washerman’s dog and ass.
• But one situated in transcendental
position can act in any capacity
without caring for rules of scriptures:
e.g. Vishwamitra and Parshuram.
• To attain that stage of Krsna
Consciousness one advised to chant