na karmaá¹Äm anÄrambhÄn
naiá¹£karmyaá¹ puruá¹£o 'Ånute
na ca sannyasanÄd eva
na - not; karmaá¹Äm - of prescribed duties; anÄrambhÄt - by nonperformance; naiá¹£karmyam - freedom from reaction; puruá¹£aá¸¥ - a man; aÅnute - achieves; na - nor; ca - also; sannyasanÄt - by renunciation; eva - simply; siddhim - success; samadhigacchati - attains.
The renounced order of life can be accepted when one has been puriï¬ed by the discharge of the prescribed form of duties which are laid down just to purify the hearts of materialistic men. Without puriï¬cation, one cannot attain success by abruptly adopting the fourth order of life (sannyÄsa). According to the empirical philosophers, simply by adopting sannyÄsa, or retiring from fruitive activities, one at once becomes as good as NÄrÄyaá¹a. But Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a does not approve this principle. Without puriï¬cation of heart, sannyÄsa is simply a disturbance to the social order. On the other hand, if someone takes to the transcendental service of the Lord, even without discharging his prescribed duties, whatever he may be able to advance in the cause is accepted by the Lord (buddhi-yoga). Sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya trÄyate mahato bhayÄt. Even a slight performance of such a principle enables one to overcome great difï¬culties.