pravṛttiṁ ca nivṛttiṁ ca kāryākārye bhayābhaye
bandhaṁ mokṣaṁ ca yā vetti buddhiḥ sā pārtha sāttvikī
O Pārtha (Arjuna), the intellect (Budhi) which duly knows of the path of action and renunciation, of what ought to be done and what ought not to be done, of fear and fearlessness, of bondage and liberation - that intellect, is Sāttvika (of the nature of goodness).
The purpose of knowing the truth of Pravṛtti (activity) and Nivṛtti (renunciation), of what ought to be done and what ought not to be done, of fear and fearlessness, of bondage and liberation, is only to renounce affinity with the world. But if affinity with the world is not renounced, then that knowledge is not real knowledge but it is mere learning.
The Sāttvika quality mentioned in the Gītā enables a spiritual aspirant to renounce the affinity with the world. Therefore such an aspirant reflects upon bondage and liberation-- 'bandhaṁ mokṣaṁ ca yā vetti'. In Sāttvika intellect there is discrimination which is transformed into Self-realization. The discriminative intellect only knows that all 'up to the attainment of the abode of Brahmā' is bondage.
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