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On karma and Sacrifice 3.15


Is all I have left in my heart to give is karma? 


karma brahmodbhavaḿ viddhi brahmākṣarasamudbhavam

tasmat sarvagatam brahma nityam yajne pratisthitam


Karma — past actions

Barhmodbhavam — dwelling of Brahma

Viddhi — the way it is or the manner in which

Brahmaksara – brahma’s writing of letters

Samudbhavam —- ocean is the dwelling.

Tasmat — for this reason

Sarvagatam — the entire past (gatam – Telugu —- Hindi expression – gatam gataha)

Brahma –is with  brahma

Nityam — eternally

Yajne —  sacrifices performed

Pratisthitam — appear standing in front of you.   (Implied—-  situation at hand)

Full Meaning:

Past actions reside/housed/dwell with brahma. This is the way or manner in which brahma’s writing of letters express —- ocean is the dwelling. For this reason, the entire past is with Brahma – eternally you are sacrificing.


Eternally you are sacrificing — here is a better way to think about it. what goes around comes around.  Or is it simply saying our lives are not without sacrifices. Losing things we love and gaining things we love that allow us to be closer to God.  This is a lesson learned. 

Our stories begin with scarifices.

What it says in Prabhupada’s Gita about Text 3.15

Regulated activities are prescribed in the vedas, and the vedas are directly manifested from the supreme personality of Godhead. Consquently the all-pervading transcendence is eternally situated in acts of sacrifice.