Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Sloka 51

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Sloka 51

Karmajam buddhi yukta hi phalam tyaktva maneeshinaha
Janma bandha vinrmuktaha padam gachanti anamayam

Wise men, possessed of knowledge, having obtained the fruits of action, go to the abode beyond all sorrow and evil.


The word “manisha” refers to men of wisdom.

The one who knows the true meaning of “viveka” (refers to sloka 47, meaning of sadhana chatushtaya) is considered to be a wise man. Wise man knows how to differentiate between “Transient and Eternal.”

We are not far off from learning about “Sthitaprajna”, man of steady wisdom.

So far we have discussed about “Karma.”
Karma as such means work or actions we conduct.

Karma yoga is about actions that will help us to unite with the “Eternal Truth.” The one who has jnana of actions as described by the Lord, is the true wise man and is “Manisha.” He is the true karma yogi.

The Lord is saying that the wise men also act in this world . They conduct all their duties as an act of worship. They do so with equanimity of mind and not work for the fruits of actions. But they are still entitled to the benefits of their actions.

As they do not have any worldly desires, their meritorious points for good work are not wasted. The Lord Himself decides on what benefit they should get. “They go to the abode beyond all sorrow and evil”, He says. It simply means that they attain “Liberation” and do not have any rebirths into this world of maya.

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