Chapter 3:The Yoga of Action

On mastering the intelligence

(1) Arjuna said: 'If being intelligent is considered better than doing fruitive work, as You said o Janardana, then why are You engaging me in this ghastly action Kesava?

(2) Surely you are confusing my intelligence with your equivocal words, therefore please make sure you tell me of one only so that I may really benefit from it.

(3) The Supreme Lord said: 'In this world there are two kinds of faith, as I told you before o sinless one, it is the linking of oneself in the knowledge of the analytic mind [to attain to stability of intelligence] and the connectedness in action [forsaking the desire for the fruits] as practiced by the devoted [the volition of yoga].

(4) Nor by forsaking work does a man attain to liberation nor does he attain to success by simply renouncing [the fruits].

(5) Surely no one is but for a moment without action and certainly everyone is irresistibly drawn to fruitive work [undergo karma] according the qualities born from the modes of nature.