niyatasya tu sannyasah
mohat tasya parityagas
Word for word:
niyatasya — prescribed; tu — but; sannyasah — renunciation; karmanah — of activities; na — never; upapadyate — is deserved; mohat — by illusion; tasya — of them; parityagah — renunciation; tamasah — in the mode of ignorance; parikirtitah — is declared.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Prescribed duties should never be renounced. If one gives up his prescribed duties because of illusion, such renunciation is said to be in the mode of ignorance.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Work for material satisfaction must be given up, but activities which promote one to spiritual activity, like cooking for the Supreme Lord and offering the food to the Lord and then accepting the food, are recommended. It is said that a person in the renounced order of life should not cook for himself. Cooking for oneself is prohibited, but cooking for the Supreme Lord is not prohibited. Similarly, a sannyasi may perform a marriage ceremony to help his disciple in the advancement of Krishnaconsciousness. If one renounces such activities, it is to be understood that he is acting in the mode of darkness.