Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 4, Verse 32

एवं बहुविधा यज्ञा वितता ब्रह्मणो मुखे |
कर्मजान्विद्धि तान्सर्वानेवं ज्ञात्वा विमोक्ष्यसे || 32||

evaṁ bahu-vidhā yajñā vitatā brahmaṇo mukhe
karma-jān viddhi tān sarvān evaṁ jñātvā vimokṣhyase

evamthus; bahu-vidhāḥvarious kinds of; yajñāḥsacrifices; vitatāḥhave been described; brahmaṇaḥof the Vedas; mukhethrough the mouth; karma-jānoriginating from works; viddhiknow; tānthem; sarvānall; evamthus; jñātvāhaving known; vimokṣhyaseyou shall be liberated

evam bahu-vidha yajna vitata brahmano mukhe
karma-jan viddhi tan sarvan evam jnatva vimokshyase


BG 4.32: All these different kinds of sacrifice have been described in the Vedas. Know them as originating from different types of work; this understanding cuts the knots of material bondage.


One of the beautiful features of the Vedas is that they recognize and cater to the wide variety of human natures. Different kinds of sacrifice have thus been described for different kinds of performers. The common thread running through them is that they are to be done with devotion, as an offering to God. With this understanding, one is not bewildered by the multifarious instructions in the Vedas, and by pursuing the particular yajña suitable to one’s nature, one can be released from material bondage.

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