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BY PERFORMING HIS DUTY FOR THE SUPREME THE LIVING ENTITY IS PERFECTED

BY PERFORMING HIS DUTY FOR THE SUPREME THE LIVING ENTITY IS PERFECTED

18.47: It is better to be engaged in one's own occupation, even if imperfectly performed, than to accept another's occupation, even if perfectly done. Prescribed duties, according to one's nature, are never affected by sinful reactions.
PURPORT
ONE'S OWN OCCUPATIONAL duty means the prescribed duties mentioned in The Bhagavad Gita, as we have already discussed in the previous verses: the duty of a Brahmin, the duty of a Kshatriya, the duty of a Vaisya, or the duty of a Sudra, prescribed according to the particular modes of Nature. One should not imitate another's duty. A man who is by nature attracted to such work as is done by the Sudras should not artificially claim himself a Brahmin, although he may be born into a Brahmin family. In this way one should work according to his own nature; and no such work is abominable, if performed for the purpose of serving the Supreme Lord.The occupational duty of a Brahmin is certainly in the mode of goodness; but if a person is not by nature in the mode of goodness, he should not imitate the occupational duty of a Brahmin. In the occupational duty of a Kshatriya, or administrator, there are so many abominable things: A Kshatriya has to be violent to kill his enemies, or to apprehend culprits; and sometimes a Kshatriya has to tell lies on account of diplomacy. Such violence and diplomacy accompany political affairs. But a Kshatriya is not supposed to give up his occupational duty and try to perform the duties of a Brahmin, although, in the duties of a Brahmin, there are no such faulty things.
One should act in terms of satisfying the Supreme Lord. For example, Arjuna is a Kshatriya. He is hesitating to commit violence against the other party. But, if such fighting is performed for the sake of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there need be no fear of degradation. In the business field also, sometimes a merchant has to tell so many lies to make a profit. If he does not do so, there can be no profit. Sometimes a mercantile man promises, "Oh, my dear customer, for you I am making no profit"; but one should know that, without making any profit, the merchant cannot exist. Therefore, it should be taken as a simple lie when a merchant says that he is not making a profit. But the merchant should not think that, because he is engaged in an occupation where the telling of lies is compulsory, he should give up his profession and pursue the profession of a Brahmin. That is not recommended. Whether one is a Kshatriya, a Vaisya, or a Sudra doesn't matter, if he serves, by the result of his work, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Even the Brahmins who perform different types of sacrifice also sometimes kill animals; because sometimes animals are sacrificed in such ceremonies. Similarly, if a Kshatriya engaged in his own occupation kills an enemy, there is no fault on his part. In the Third Chapter these things have been clearly and elaborately explained: every man should work for the purpose of Yajna, or for Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anything done for personal sense gratification is the cause of bondage. The conclusion is that everyone should be engaged according to the particular modes of Nature he has acquired, and he should decide to work only for the sake of serving the Supreme cause of the Supreme Lord.

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