SB 1.5.12

नैष्कर्म्यमप्यच्युतभाववर्जितं न शोभते ज्ञानमलं निरञ्जनम् ।
कुतः पुनः शश्वदभद्रमीश्वरे न चार्पितं कर्म यदप्यकारणम् ॥१२॥

Text

naiṣkarmyam apy acyuta-bhāva-varjitaṁ
na śobhate jñānam alaṁ nirañjanam
kutaḥ punaḥ śaśvad abhadram īśvare
na cārpitaṁ karma yad apy akāraṇam

Synonyms

naiṣkarmyamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bignaiṣkarmyam

freedom from reaction; nonfruitive; self-realization, being freed from the reactions of fruitive work; the path of liberation; which does not produce enjoyment of the resultant action.
—self-realization, being freed from the reactions of fruitive work; apiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigapi

also; api; a still more secluded place; again; alas; also (confirms); also (the human beings); also; although (I am in such a position); although; although apparently different; although he is; although He is so; although it is so; although not exposed to common eyes; although one; although there is; although there was; and also; as also; as He is; as well as; as you have stated; at the same time; better than that; certainly; definitely; despite; either; else; especially; even; even if; even if the body is so exalted; even though; even though it is so; even though new calves were present; even though there is; even with; exactly; for the sake of; I am wondering; if; if also; if so; in due course; in spite of; in spite of this situation; including; indeed; it may be; just now; may be; moreover; of the word api; or; others; over and above; so; still; surely; the word api; then; though; thus; verily; virtually; whether.
—in spite of; acyutaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigacyuta

Acyuta; against the Supreme Personality of Godhead; God; infallible; Kṛṣṇa; O infallible Kṛṣṇa; O infallible one; O my dear Kṛṣṇa; O my infallible Lord; O my Lord, O infallible one; O Supreme Personality of Godhead; of or about Kṛṣṇa, who never falls down; of the infallible; of the infallible Lord; of the Lord; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; the infallible (Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa); the infallible; the infallible Lord; to Acyuta; to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
—the infallible Lord; bhāvaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbhava

and by Lord Śiva; appearance; be; become; by Lord Śiva; compared to the world of nescience (birth, death, old age and disease); from birth; just become; Lord Śiva; material existence; O Lord Śiva; of material existence; of mundane existence; the distress of the repetition of birth and death; the repetition of birth and death; you become; You please be.
—conception; varjitamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvarjitam

devoid; devoid of.
—devoid of; naplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigna

never; not; are not; but not; cannot; certainly not; could not; did not; do not; does it not; does not; is not; it is not; it is not so; may not; neither; never; never does; never to be; no; no one; none; nor; not; not like that; not preceded by oṁ; not suitable; nothing; or not; shall not; should never; there is none; there is not; there should not be; was not; whether; without.
—does not; śobhateplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigśobhate

is beautiful; look well; looks beautiful.
—look well; jñānamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigjnanam

knowledge.
—transcendental knowledge; alamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigalam

able; abundantly; away; beyond value; by and by; capable; certainly; clearly; competent; enough; entirely; exceedingly; extensively; extraordinarily; fit; for nothing; greatly; however; I am able; indeed; insignificant; never mind; not more than that; of course; of no importance; only; so much; suck my breast no longer; sufficient; sufficiently; there is nothing to be gained; unnecessary; verily; very; what need; what to speak of; without delay; without further delay; without hesitation.
—by and by; nirañjanamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bignirañjanam

free from designations; which is without material contamination.
—free from designations; kutaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkutah

and where is the question of seeing; for what reason; from anywhere; from where; how; how is it possible; how much less; much less; then how; what; what for; what to say; what to speak; what to speak of; what to speak of others; whence; where; where does it come from; where is; where is that; where is the question; where is there; wherefrom.
—where is; punaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpunaḥ

again (at home); again (is to be said); again (their son); again; again and again; again, for the second time; again, the second; but; then; yet.
—again; śaśvatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigśaśvat

again and again; always (at the time of practicing and at the time of achieving the goal); always; constantly; constantly, eternally; eternal; eternally; forever; perpetual.
—always; abhadramplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigabhadram

an inauspicious thing; bad; ill fortune; inauspicious; inauspiciousness; injustice; misfortune; something mischievous; uncongenial; unfavorable.
—uncongenial; īśvareplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigīśvare

dominating; from the Lord; in His Lordship; in the body of the Lord; in the Supreme; in the supreme controller; in the Supreme Lord; in the Supreme Personality of Godhead; the Supreme; the supreme controller; the Supreme Personality of Godhead; to the Lord; to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; unto the Lord; unto the supreme controller; unto the Supreme Lord; unto the Supreme Lord, the controller; unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
—unto the Lord; naplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigna

never; not; are not; but not; cannot; certainly not; could not; did not; do not; does it not; does not; is not; it is not; it is not so; may not; neither; never; never does; never to be; no; no one; none; nor; not; not like that; not preceded by oṁ; not suitable; nothing; or not; shall not; should never; there is none; there is not; there should not be; was not; whether; without.
—not; caplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigca

ca; all these; also; also other bodily forms; also that I have not been able to ask; and (the five gross material elements and the ten acting and knowledge-gathering senses); and; and also; and Devahūti; and for all; and the paraphernalia; as also; as much as; as well; as well as; but; certainly; either; however; indeed; only; or; over and above; respectively; the word ca; this word ca; thus; totally; unlimitedly; verily.
—and; arpitamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigarpitam

bedecked; dedicated; deposited; fixed; hurled; invested; offered; pained; surrendered.
—offered; karmaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkarma

karma; according to work; act; action; actions; activities (to support the Daityas); activities; activities being dedicated to You; activities of service to You; activity; activity of life; acts; and activities; and fruitive activities; and work; another activity; by actions; by activities; by fruitive activities; by predestined resultant actions; by wonderful activities, pious activities; by work; duties; duty; fruitive action; fruitive activities; fruitive activity; fruitive desires; fruitive work; in activities; material activities; my deeds; of activities; of fruitive activities; of the activities; one's prescribed activities; pastimes; pastimes, activities; prescribed duties; prescribed duty; reaction of the past; reactionary work; story; such service to the master; the accomplishment; the act; the activities; the activity; the business; the fate of the living entity; the fruits of action; the fruits of activities; the interaction; the objective; the sacrifice; these activities; to such activities; transcendental activity; uncommon deeds; whose transcendental activities; work.
—fruitive work; yatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyat

which; about whom; all these; all those; although; and as; and whichever; anything; as; as a matter of fact; as it is; as its; as much as; as they are; because; because of; because of which; because of whom; by the result of which; by the Supreme Lord; by which; by which way; by whom (the Supreme Lord); by whom; by whose; by whose merciful; even though; everything that was required; fixed under Your direction; for; for which; from both of whom; from him; from which; from whom; from whose; from Yuyudha; he whose; his; His eternal form which; his son; if; in which; in whom; inasmuch as; Kṛṣṇa; now further; of him (Somāpi); of him; of Lakṣmī, the goddess of fortune; of the fire-gods; of the Lord; of the Supreme Lord; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of which (the intermediate space); of which; of whom (of the Supreme Lord); who; who is; whom; whose; whose form; Your.
apiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigapi

also; api; a still more secluded place; again; alas; also (confirms); also (the human beings); also; although (I am in such a position); although; although apparently different; although he is; although He is so; although it is so; although not exposed to common eyes; although one; although there is; although there was; and also; as also; as He is; as well as; as you have stated; at the same time; better than that; certainly; definitely; despite; either; else; especially; even; even if; even if the body is so exalted; even though; even though it is so; even though new calves were present; even though there is; even with; exactly; for the sake of; I am wondering; if; if also; if so; in due course; in spite of; in spite of this situation; including; indeed; it may be; just now; may be; moreover; of the word api; or; others; over and above; so; still; surely; the word api; then; though; thus; verily; virtually; whether.
—what is; akāraṇamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigakāraṇam

causeless; not fruitive; now it is useless.
—not fruitive. 

Translation

Knowledge of self-realization, even though free from all material affinity, does not look well if devoid of a conception of the Infallible [God]. What, then, is the use of fruitive activities, which are naturally painful from the very beginning and transient by nature, if they are not utilized for the devotional service of the Lord? 

Purport

As referred to above, not only ordinary literatures devoid of the transcendental glorification of the Lord are condemned, but also Vedic literatures and speculation on the subject of impersonal Brahman when they are devoid of devotional service. When speculation on the impersonal Brahman is condemned on the above ground, then what to speak of ordinary fruitive work, which is not meant to fulfill the aim of devotional service. Such speculative knowledge and fruitive work cannot lead one to the goal of perfection. Fruitive work, in which almost all people in general are engaged, is always painful either in the beginning or at the end. It can be fruitful only when made subservient to the devotional service of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-gītā also it is confirmed that the result of such fruitive work may be offered for the service of the Lord, otherwise it leads to material bondage. The bona fide enjoyer of the fruitive work is the Personality of Godhead, and thus when it is engaged for the sense gratification of the living beings, it becomes an acute source of trouble.