How to perform actions

Lord Krishna explains to His friend and devotee, Arjuna the way to perform action so as to not be entangled by the results.

Here are five verses from Chapter 5 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

(This is from Srila Prabhupada’s writings, available here.)

[3] One who neither hates nor desires the fruits of his activities is known to be always renounced. Such a person, free from all dualities, easily overcomes material bondage and is completely liberated, O mighty-armed Arjuna.


[7] One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled.


[8-9] A person in the divine consciousness, although engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving about, sleeping and breathing, always knows within himself that he actually does nothing at all. Because while speaking, evacuating, receiving, or opening or closing his eyes, he always knows that only the material senses are engaged with their objects and that he is aloof from them.


[10] One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.

Samskritam

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Sanskrit

[3] jñeyasa nityasannyāsī
yo na dveshti na kāńkshati
nirdvandvo hi mahābāho
sukhaḿ bandhāt pramucyate

[7] yoga-yukto viśuddhātmā
vijitātmā jitendriyah
sarva-bhūtātma-bhūtātmā
kurvann api na lipyate

[8-9] naiva kiñcit karomīti
yukto manyeta tattva-vit
paśyañ śṛṇvan spṛśañ jighrann
aśnan gacchan svapan śvasan
pralapan visṛjan gṛhṇann
unmiṣan nimiṣann api
indriyāṇīndriyārtheṣu
vartanta iti dhārayan

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