Arjuna. Fain would I better know, Thou Glorious One!
The very truth - Heart's Lord!- of Sannyas, Abstention; and Renunciation, Lord!
Tyaga; and what separates these twain!
Krishna. The poets rightly teach that
Sannyas Is the foregoing of all acts which spring Out of desire; and
their wisest say Tyaga is renouncing fruit of acts.
There be among the saints some who have held
All action sinful, and to be renounced; And some who answer, "Nay! the goodly acts-
As worship, penance, alms- must be performed!" Hear now My
sentence Best of Bharatas!
'Tis well set forth, O Chaser of thy Foes!
Renunciation is of threefold form, And Worship, Penance, Alms, not to be stayed;
Nay, to be gladly done; for all those three Are purifying waters for true souls!
Yet must be practised even those high works
In yielding up attachment, and all fruit Produced by works. This is My judgment,
Prince! This My insuperable and fixed decree!
Author : Sir Edwin Arnold