Our acts are all determined by the propensities of our nature. The illusion of the ego makes the soul consider itself the doer.
But he who knows the truth about propensities and action, understanding that propensities express themselves, keeps his Soul unattached.
Even the man of profound knowledge acts in conformity with his own congenital nature. All beings follow their own nature. Of what avail is suppression?
Now comes a clinching argument against leaving the world to become a recluse. You cannot set for yourself the plan of renunciation and expect others to carry on the normal work of society while you stand out. Social life must go on; and what you do, others must be expected to copy. The ethic of the Gita is preeminently a social one. What was good for great Janaka, it says, is good enough for all.