About this series
In this retreat at the ashram in Rishikesh, Pujya Swamiji talks on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3-Verse 3:
लोकेऽस्मिन् द्विविधा निष्ठा पुरा प्रोक्ता मयानघ ।
ज्ञानयोगेन साङ्ख्यानां कर्मयोगेन योगिनाम् ॥ ३-३॥
loke’smin dvividhā niṣṭhā purā proktā mayānagha
jñānayogena sāṅkhyānāṃ karmayogena yoginām
The sinless one (Arjuna)! The two-fold committed lifestyles
in this world, was told by Me in the beginning (in the Vedas)
– the pursuit of knowledge for the renunciates and
the pursuit of karma-yoga for those who pursue activity.
Because Arjuna wanted sreyas, moksha, Lord Krishna told him about this two-fold committed lifestyles. Moksha is clearly the end in view and the lifestyle is a means to this end. There are two committed lifestyles because there are different groups of people. One group is called karma-yogis, or just yogis and includes everyone who does not live a life of renunciation. For these people there is karma-yoga, whereas for the sannyasi there is jnana-yoga, the pursuit of knowledge. These two styles are in accordance with the four stages of life found in the Vedic culture.