By A.C. Haktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Such an unattached karma-yogé never thinks that action in Kåñëa consciousness is meant for enjoying sense pleasure or avoiding pain. The sannyäsé renounces everything, including activities prescribed by the scriptures, in favor of cultivating knowledge of the Absolute. The yogé retires from active service and, desiring to see the Supersoul within his heart, spends his days in meditation with half-closed eyes. But he whose work is a sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Supreme makes no endeavors for his physical requirements.

If it happened in any other way, then material variegatedness would not be visible in this phenomenal world. So if a person fails to inform himself about the very subtle laws and workings of material nature, and at the same time he argues that all activities are sanctioned and inspired by the Supreme Lord, then he is reducing the Supreme Lord's position and making Him out to be partial and unjust. The Lord never favors one and discriminates against another. Factually, He advises everyone to give up all material activities, which are by nature unstable and temporary.

The foolish karmé cannot comprehend that because he has forgotten Lord Kåñëa and is trying to usurp His position, the Lord's external potency, mäyä, has tied a noose around his neck with the rope of the three modes of nature and is making him suffer excruciating pains. Although all of his activities are within the grip of the three modes of material nature and orchestrated by mäyä, still the grossly foolish karmé believes that he is the master of his 31 situation. Thus he busies himself with trying to make better arrangements for living in the world of duality.

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