Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Sanyasa Yogam: Chapter 5: Verse 5

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Bondage and Liberation Depend Upon State of Mind So Mind Should Always Be Engaged In God

यत्साङ्ख्यै: प्राप्यते स्थानं तद्योगैरपि गम्यते |
एकं साङ्ख्यं च योगं च य: पश्यति स पश्यति || 5.5||

yat sānkhyaiḥ prāpyate sthānaṁ tad yogair api gamyate
ekaṁ sānkhyaṁ cha yogaṁ cha yaḥ paśhyati sa paśhyati|| 5.5||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 5- Ver. 5:

Working in devotion also leads to the supreme state that is obtained through karma sanyasa. As a result, individuals who consider karma sanyasa and karma yoga to be identical see things exactly as they are.


A person who achieves bliss through the yoga of knowledge also achieves bliss through the yoga of action. Both of them, in the wise person’s opinion, are one. What do renunciation and action have in common? Neither individual will achieve the goal unless they exercise discriminating while taking action or keep the knowledge that I am not the doer prior to renunciation. As a result, Shri Krishna advises sensible people to consider discrimination when considering any level of the path.

What matters in spiritual practise is the mind’s intention, not the external activity. The state of our mind determines our level of consciousness: “The mind is the cause of bondage, and the mind is the cause of release.” The condition of one’s thinking determines whether one is bound or free. Maintain your mind in concentration on God, whatever form of devotion you choose.”

Those who lack this spiritual vision notice the external difference between a karma sanyasi and a karm yogi and deem the karma sanyasi superior due to the external renunciation. aHowever, individuals who are wise recognise that both the karma sanyasi and the karma yogi have absorbed their minds in God, and as a result, they respect them.

Verse & what we can learn

The condition of one’s thinking determines whether one will be in bondage or liberated. Whatever form of devotion you choose, keep your mind focused on God all the time.

To acquire knowledge and to implement that knowledge in life one needs to be mentally and physically active and healthy and for that daily meditation is a great tool.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

In the Next verse, Shri Krishna tells Arjuna about renunciation.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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