यदि ह्यहं न वर्तेयं जातु कर्मण्यतन्द्रितः |
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते मनुष्याः पार्थ सर्वशः ||३-२३||


yadi hyahaṃ na varteyaṃ jātu karmaṇyatandritaḥ .
mama vartmānuvartante manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ ||3-23||



3.23. For, if I were ever not at work unwearied, all men would follow My path, O son of Prtha !

Shri Purohit Swami

3.23 For were I not to act without ceasing, O prince, people would be glad to do likewise.

Sri Abhinav Gupta

3.23 See Comment under 3.25

Sri Ramanuja

3.23 If I, the Lord of all, whose will is always true, whose sport consists in creation, sustentation and dissolution of universe at My will, even though I am born at My pleasure as a man to help the world - if, I thus incarnating in the family of Vasudeva who is the foremost among virtuous men, did not contine to work unwearied at all times suitable to that family, then, these men with incomplete knowledge would follow My path, thinking that the way adopted by the son of virtuous Vasudeva alone is the real way. And in place of winning the self, they would go to Naraka because of their failure to do what ought to be done and also because of the sin arising from non-performance of duty.

Sri Shankaracharya

3.23 Again, O Partha, yadi, if; jatu, at any time; aham, I; an, do not; varteyam, continue; atandritah, vigilantly, untiringly; karmani, in action; manusyah, men: anuvartante, willl follow; mama, My; vartma, path; sarvasah, in every way, I being the Highest. And if that be so, what is the harm? In reply the Lord says: [Ast. omits this sentence completely.-Tr.]

Swami Adidevananda

3.23 If I did not continue to work unwearied, O Arjuna, men would follow my path.

Swami Gambirananda

3.23 For, O Partha, if at any time I do not continue [Ast. and A.A. read varteya instead of varteyam.-Tr.] vigilantly in action, men will follow My path in ever way.

Swami Sivananda

3.23 For, should I not ever engage Myself in action, unwearied, men would in every way follow My path, O Arjuna.


Swami Sivananda

3.23 यदि if? हि surely? अहम् I? न not? वर्तेयम् engage Myself in action? जातु ever? कर्मणि in action? अतन्द्रितः unwearied? मम My? वर्त्म path? अनुवर्तन्ते follow? मनुष्याः men? पार्थ O Partha? सर्वशः in every way.Commentary If I remain inactive? people also will imitate Me and keep iet. They will all become Tamasic and pass into a state of inertia.