1. 36

    सुखं त्विदानीं त्रिविधं श‍ृणु मे भरतर्षभ । अभ्यासाद्रमते यत्र दुःखान्तं च निगच्छति ॥ १८-३६॥

    Now hear from Me, O Bharatshreshth ( Arjun ), the threefold division of pleasure৷৷. that in which a man rejoices by long practice and in which he comes to the end of pain;

  2. 37

    यत्तदग्रे विषमिव परिणामेऽमृतोपमम् । तत्सुखं सात्त्विकं प्रोक्तमात्मबुद्धिप्रसादजम् ॥ १८-३७॥

    That which is like a poison at first but becomes like elixir in the end, born fromthe purity of one's intellect-that joy is spoken of as born of sattva.

  3. 38

    विषयेन्द्रियसंयोगाद्यत्तदग्रेऽमृतोपमम् । परिणामे विषमिव तत्सुखं राजसं स्मृतम् ॥ १८-३८॥

    That pleasure which arises from the contact of senses with their objects, which is like elixir at first but like poison in the end, is referred to as born of rajas.

  4. 39

    यदग्रे चानुबन्धे च सुखं मोहनमात्मनः । निद्रालस्यप्रमादोत्थं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम् ॥ १८-३९॥

    That joy is said to be born of tamas which, both in the beginning and in the seel, is delusive to oneself and arises from sleep, laziness and inadvertence.

  5. 40

    न तदस्ति पृथिव्यां वा दिवि देवेषु वा पुनः । सत्त्वं प्रकृतिजैर्मुक्तं यदेभिः स्यात्त्रिभिर्गुणैः ॥ १८-४०॥

    There is no such entity in the world or, again, among the gods in heaven, that is free from these three Gunas born of Prakrti.