Chapter 18, Verse 15



शरीरवाङ्‌मनोभिर्यत्कर्म प्रारभते नरः । न्याय्यं वा विपरीतं वा पञ्चैते तस्य हेतवः ॥१५॥

Transliteration

śarīra-vāń-manobhir yat karma prārabhate naraḥ nyāyyaḿ vā viparītaḿ vā pañcaite tasya hetavaḥ

Word Meanings

śarīra — by the body; vāk — speech; manobhiḥ — and mind; yat — which; karma — work; prārabhate — begins; naraḥ — a person; nyāyyam — right; vā — or; viparītam — the opposite; vā — or; pañca — five; ete — all these; tasya — its; hetavaḥ — causes.

Translation

These five are the contributory factors for whatever action is performed, whether proper or improper, with body, speech, or mind.

Purport

The words “right” and “wrong” are very significant in this verse. Right work is work done in terms of the prescribed directions in the scriptures, and wrong work is work done against the principles of the scriptural injunctions. But whatever is done requires these five factors for its complete performance.


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