|Chapter 18: Conclusion -- The Perfection of Renunciation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 18.6
etany api tu karmani
sangam tyaktva phalani ca
kartavyaniti me partha
niscitam matam uttamam
etani -- all these; api -- certainly; tu -- but; karmani -- activities; sangam -- association; tyaktva -- renouncing; phalani -- results; ca -- also; kartavyani -- should be done as duty; iti -- thus; me -- My; partha -- O son of Prtha; niscitam -- definite; matam -- opinion; uttamam -- the best.
All these activities should be performed without attachment or any expectation of result. They should be performed as a matter of duty, O son of Prtha. That is My final opinion.
Although all sacrifices are purifying, one should not expect any result by such performances. In other words, all sacrifices which are meant for material advancement in life should be given up, but sacrifices that purify one's existence and elevate one to the spiritual plane should not be stopped. Everything that leads to Krsna consciousness must be encouraged. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam also it is said that any activity which leads to devotional service to the Lord should be accepted. That is the highest criterion of religion. A devotee of the Lord should accept any kind of work, sacrifice or charity which will help him in the discharge of devotional service to the Lord.
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness