But with whatever disposition of mind (a man) forms any act, he
reaps its result in a (future) body endowed with the same quality.
All the results, proceeding from actions, have been thus pointed
out; learn (next) those acts which secure supreme bliss to a
Studying the Veda, (practising) austerities, (the acquisition of
true) knowledge, the subjugation of the organs, abstention from
doing injury, and serving the Guru are the best means for attaining
(If you ask) whether among all these virtuous actions, (performed)
here below, (there be) one which has been declared more efficacious (than the rest) for securing supreme happiness to man,
(The answer is that) the knowledge of the Soul is stated to be the
most excellent among all of them; for that is the first of all
sciences, because immortality is gained through that.