यतः प्रवृत्तिर्भूतानां येन सर्वमिदं ततम् |
स्वकर्मणा तमभ्यर्च्य सिद्धिं विन्दति मानवः ||१८-४६||


yataḥ pravṛttirbhūtānāṃ yena sarvamidaṃ tatam .
svakarmaṇā tamabhyarcya siddhiṃ vindati mānavaḥ ||18-46||



18.46. That, whence the activities of the beings arise; by which this universe is pervaded-worshipping That by one’s own prescribed action, a man attains success.

Shri Purohit Swami

18.46 Man reaches perfection by dedicating his actions to God, Who is the source of all being, and fills everything.

Sri Abhinav Gupta

18.46 See Comment under 18.60

Sri Ramanuja

18.46 He from whom arise all activities as origination of all beings and by whom all this is pervaded, by worshipping Him, i.e., Myself, who abide in Indra and other divinites as the Inner Ruler, man attains perfection, consisting in the attainment of Myself by My grace. It has been told before that everything originates from Me and all this is pervaded by Me, in texts like the following: ‘I am the origin and dissolution of the whole universe’ (7.6), ‘There is nothing higher than Myself, O Arjuna’ (7.7), ‘This entire universe is pervaded by Me in an unmanifest form’ (9.4), ‘Under My supervision, the Prakrti gives birth to all mobile and immobile entities’ (9.10) and ‘I am the origin of all; from Me proceed everything’ (10.8).

Sri Shankaracharya

18.46 Manavah, a human being; vindati, achieves; siddhim, success, merely in the form of the ability for steadfastness in Knowledge; abhyarcya, by adoring, worshipping; svakarmana, with his own duties stated above, as allotted to each caste; tam, Him, God; yatah, from whom, from which God; comes pravrttih, origin,-or, from which internal Ruler comes the activities; ;bhutanam, of creatures, of living beings; and yena, by whom, by which God; is tatam, pervaded; sarvam, all; idam, this world. Since this is so, therefore,

Swami Adidevananda

18.46 He from whome arise the activity of all beings and by whom all this is pervaded - by worshipping Him with his own duty man reaches perfection.

Swami Gambirananda

18.46 A human being achieves success by adoring through his own duties Him from whom is the origin of creatures, and by whom is all this pervaded.

Swami Sivananda

18.46 He from Whom all the beings have evolved and by Whom all this is pervaded worshipping Him with his own duty, man attains perfection.


Swami Sivananda

18.46 यतः from whom? प्रवृत्तिः (is) the evolution? भूतानाम् of beings? येन by whom? सर्वम् all? इदम् this? ततम् is pervaded? स्वकर्मणा with his own duty? तम् Him? अभ्यर्च्य worshipping? सिद्धिम् perfection? विन्दति attains? मानवः man.Commentary The performance by a man of his own duty is simply carrying into effect the intention of the Supreme from Whom the whole of the creation emanates. When a man worships Him? the Supreme Being? with the flowers of his action? then He is immensely pleased and being thus gratified by such worship He confers on Him? as a boon? dispassion and discrimination.Pravritti Evolution or activity it proceeds from the Lord? the Antaryamin? the Inner Ruler.Bhutanam Beings living creatures.Svakarmana With his own duty each according to his caste as described above.Man attains perfection by worshipping the Lord by performing his own duty? i.e.? he becomes alified for the dawn of Selfknowledge (for Jnana Yoga).