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etany api tu karmani
sangam tyaktva phalani ca
kartavyaniti me partha
niscitam matam uttamam
Word for word:
etani — all these; api — certainly; tu — but; karmani — activities; sangam — association; tyaktva — renouncing; phalani — results; ca — also; kartavyani — should be done as duty; iti — thus; me — My; partha — O son of Prtha; niscitam — deﬁnite; matam — opinion; uttamam — the best.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
All these activities should be performed without attachment or any expectation of result. They should be performed as a matter of duty, O son of Prtha. That is My ﬁnal opinion.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Although all sacriﬁces are purifying, one should not expect any result by such performances. In other words, all sacriﬁces which are meant for material advancement in life should be given up, but sacriﬁces that purify one’s existence and elevate one to the spiritual plane should not be stopped. Everything that leads to Krishna consciousness must be encouraged. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam also it is said that any activity which leads to devotional service to the Lord should be accepted. That is the highest criterion of religion. A devotee of the Lord should accept any kind of work, sacriﬁce or charity which will help him in the discharge of devotional service to the Lord.