Doing Work without Proprietorship is Renunciation - Part 3

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the transcription of one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse BG 5.2 in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 16th May 2009. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj that

1. Sannyas means to stop enjoying the fruits of karma.
2. Renunciation attitude will help us to be unaffected by miseries. 

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Renunciation should not make us lethargict that, "I am not getting anything, why should I work?" No, that is rebellious. So, this is real habit of renunciant. abhyāse ’py asamartho ’si mat-karma-paramo bhava, work for Me - mat-karma paramo bhava.

BG 12.10-11
abhyāse ’py asamartho ’si
mat-karma-paramo bhava
mad-artham api karmāṇi
kurvan siddhim avāpsyasi

athaitad apy aśakto ’si
kartuṁ mad-yogam āśritaḥ
sarva-karma-phala-tyāgaṁ
tataḥ kuru yatātmavān

If you cannot work for Me, at least you renounce the fruits. And in the renouncing the fruits also, we should not unnecessarily be adamant to force them to renounce the whole thing. Nobody will do it. In the beginning they don’t like renouncing. So, they have to be given a very small instalment and that they will do. Half a spoon full of sugar they can bring and put to the ants. And slowly that renouncing habit will increase. Because renunciation is our natural position. We have to die anyway. So, whatever we hoard is going to be pinched by somebody else. We cannot take anything out of it. That’s the fact, everybody.

But we are in the habit of greedy hoarding. That habit has got to be slowly renounced and cultivate the renunciation habit. That is sannyāsaḥ karma-yogaś ca niḥśreyasa-karāv ubhau, niḥśreyasa-karāv ubhau, niḥśreyasa, it does you good. Both - sannyāsaḥ also does you good, and karma-yoga also does you good. So, they are not separate, that is the secret of it. And then next line - tayos tu karma-sannyāsāt, tayos tu, in that also, karma-sannyāsāt, instead of taking sannyāsa karma, stopping the karma, karma-yogaś viśiṣyate, (it) is more important to follow the karma-yoga. So here on karma, the main point we have to remember is that we always have to work. In this 3rd verse (chapter), there is one very nice verse,

BG 3.5
na hi kaścit kṣaṇam api
jātu tiṣṭhaty akarma-kṛt
kāryate hy avaśaḥ karma
sarvaḥ prakṛti-jair guṇaiḥ

Not even a single moment goes without action. kāryate hy avaśaḥ karma sarvaḥ prakṛti-jair guṇaiḥ, all karmas go on according to the modes of material nature, so we cannot stop them. So, if you have to do the work, do in this renunciation way. And then give them the example. That for the whole weekday, work for fruitive activities – their activities are fruitive for the whole week. But Sunday, they come here and serve. So, they are jubilant in the evening. They have done non-fruitive work. They have forsaken the fruits of action and you are really elated. This is the difference.

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Dinavatsal Krishna das
Singapore