सक्ता : कर्मण्य अविद्वान्सो ,यथा कुर्वन्ति भारत ,
कुर्याद विद्वांस तथासक्तश ,चिकीर्षुर लोकसंग्रहम।
हे भारत ,अज्ञानी लोग जिस प्रकार कर्म फल में आसक्त होकर भलीभाँति अपना कर्म करते हैं ,उसी प्रकार ग्यानी मनुष्य भी जनकल्याण हेतु आसक्तिरहित होकर भलीभांति अपना कर्म करें।
As ignorant people perform their duties with attachment to the results ,O scion of Bharat ,so should the wise act without attachment ,for the sake of leading people on the right path .
Previously ,in verse 3.20 ,Shree Krishna had used the expression loka-sangraham evapi sampashyan meaning ,"with a view to the welfare of the masses ".In this verse ,the expression loka -sangraham chikirshuh means "wishing the welfare of the world ".Thus ,Shree Krishan again emphasizes that the wise should always act for the benifit of humankind .
Also ,in this verse the expression saktah avidvansah has been used for people who are as yet in bodily consciousness ,and hence attached to worldly pleasures ,but who have full faith in the Vedic rituals sanctioned by scriptures .They are called ignorant because though they have bookish knowledge of the scriptures ,they do not comprehend the final goal of God -realization .Such ignorant people perform their duty scrupulously according to the ordinance of scriptures ,without indolence or doubt .They ,have firm faith that the performance of Vedic duties and rituals will bring the material rewards they desire .If the faith of such people in rituals is broken ,without their having developed faith in the higher principle of devotion ,they will have nowhere to go .The Shrimad Bhagavatam states :
tavat karmani kurvita na nirvidyeta yavata
mat -katha -shravanadau va shraddha yavan na jayate (11.20 .9)
"One should continue to perform karm as long as one has not developed renunciation from the sense objects and attachment to God ."
Shree Krishna urges Arjun that just as ignorant people faithfully perform ritualistic duties ,so also the wise should perform their works dutifully ,not for material rewards ,but for setting an ideal for the rest of society .Besides ,the particular situation in which Arjun finds himself is a dharma yuddha (war of righteousness ).Thus ,for the welfare of society ,Arjun should perform his duty as a warrior .