Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 3: Verse 24

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If a Leader Does Not Do His Prescribed Duty There Will be Nothing but Chaos

उत्सीदेयुरिमे लोका न कुर्यां कर्म चेदहम् |
सङ्करस्य च कर्ता स्यामुपहन्यामिमा: प्रजा: || 3.24||

utsīdeyur ime lokā na kuryāṁ karma ched aham
sankarasya cha kartā syām upahanyām imāḥ prajāḥ|| 3.24||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 24:

All of these worlds would perish if I stopped performing prescribed actions. I would be responsible for the chaos that would ensue, destroying the human race’s peace in the process.


Krishna protects all beings and keeps the world in order. There would be chaos and confusion without Him, resulting in widespread devastation. He has no responsibilities to the world as someone who has discovered everlasting nature. Even yet, he continues to work for the betterment of society. He claims that if he doesn’t intervene, everyone who looks up to him would be damaged and destroyed.

As a result, Arjuna receives a clear message. If it is in the service of the greater good, any duty, no matter how little or disagreeable, should be completed selflessly and competently. When Shree Krishna came on Earth, supposedly as a human being, he conducted himself in all acceptable ways and manners for his social status as a member of the royal warrior class.

If he had done differently, other people might begin to imitate him, believing that they had to follow in the footsteps of the holy King Vasudev’s honourable son. Human beings following Shree Krishna’s example would be led away from the discipline of karma and into chaos if he failed to undertake Vedic obligations.

This would have been a serious offense, and Lord Krishna would have been held responsible. As a result, he informs Arjun that if he does not complete his occupational duties, It would bring chaos in society if he did not do his job duties.

Verse & what we can learn

If the divine and nature would step aside from their duties for a moment also the whole universe and world would be destroyed.

Shri Krishna explains the concept of duty in Bhagavad Gita, teachings of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita give us a proper direction towards duties do your duties without expecting results, and immersed in divine consciousness Is what he advises us.

What did Krishna say about work?
What does Krishna say to Arjuna about duty?
What does Bhagavad Gita say about hard work?

These are the many kind of questions that come up and we find answers to all these and for many other life’s challenges in the Bhagavad Gita. Gita shows us the solution and meditation is the way through which we gain control over our live and give it the right direction.

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 the difference between how ignorant person perform actions and wise person perform actions.

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

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