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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 4

भगवद् गीता अध्याय 3 श्लोक 4

न कर्मणामनारम्भान्नैष्कर्म्यं पुरुषोऽश्नुते।
न च संन्यसनादेव सिद्धिं समधिगच्छति।।3.4।।

हिंदी अनुवाद - स्वामी रामसुख दास जी ( भगवद् गीता 3.4)

।।3.4।।मनुष्य न तो कर्मोंका आरम्भ किये बिना निष्कर्मताको प्राप्त होता है और न कर्मोंके त्यागमात्रसे सिद्धिको ही प्राप्त होता है।

Shri Vaishnava Sampradaya - Commentary

Neither by not performing the activities prescribed in the Vedic scriptures nor by abandoning them once they were begun does one attain the qualification to perform jnana yoga the cultivation of spiritual knowledge. This is because that actions when performed as worship for the Supreme Lord for His satisfaction alone with no desire or expectation for any reward leads to perfection and without this consciousness one is not qualified for jnana yoga. For in jnana yoga exclusive attention is devoted to atma-nistha deep faith in knowledge and meditation of the soul. This is only possible for one who has relinquished all desires and expectations fully. It is not possible for one who is still mired in the pursuit of fruitive activities, burdened with sins from previous lives and for one who has never worshipped Lord Krishna with love and devotion with no anticipation of reward.