"A person acting in Krishna Consciousness is naturally free from the bonds of karma. His activities are all performed for Krishna; therefore he does not enjoy or suffer any of the effects of work". - Srila Prabhupada Bhagavad Gita As-it-Is Chapter 4 Text 18
Srila Prabhupada always would note how it is impossible to do nothing. At any time the mind is active even while the body is at rest.1
Even the Bhuddhist meditation of quieting the mind or stopping the mind2 is action. It is impossible to forever stop the mind. Meditation may stop the flow of thoughts for some time, maybe one minute maybe an hour, but the flow of thoughts always returns.
On the converse, when the body is in motion perhaps running, the mind may be at rest.1
The external appearance of the individual can not be used to determine the state of the soul in the heart.
Spirit and matter are two separate energies.
This verse is sort of the nature of those Confucian Chinese Proverbs.3
Basically if one is engaged in Krishna Consciousness the actions (karmas) have little overall concern on the souls service to Krishna.
When one is in service to Krishna, the service can be executed in the mind, in the heart, or with the feet, voice, ears, nose, or tongue.
Silence does not always mean lack of sound.
Darkness does not always mean lack of light.4
The soul is transcendental to material nature.
1Morning Walk - Delhi - March 25, 1976, 20th minute:
"Prabhupāda: You are independent of mind always. It is your mind. You are not mind.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Then you are independent of mind always."
21975 Conversations and Morning Walks: Morning Walk June 10th, 1975, Honolulu, 33rd minute:
"Siddha-svarūpa: You see? They're saying that perfection is no motion. They're saying that perfection is inactivity. So they already have in their mind what they think is perfect, and then they're going to see if this method helps a person to achieve calmness or whatever they're calling perfection.
Prabhupāda: That is that Buddha philosophy, nirvana. Nirvāṇa, stop all activities. Buddha philosophy.
3The Confucian Gita?:
"2.47: (Barbara Stoler Miller trans.) 'Be intent on action, not on the fruits of action; avoid attraction to the fruits and attachment to inaction!'
This strikes me as a Confucian point."
4Lecture on CC Adi-lila 7.108 -- San Francisco, February 18, 1967, 24th minute:
"Ravindra-svarūpa: If the brahma-jyotir is in the spiritual sky, how could we reach it in our mind? Is it in our mind also?
Prabhupāda: It is here also. Just like the sunshine, when it is covered by cloud, the sunshine is also there. Do you follow? You see that the sky is covered, but still you say, "It is day." Why? The sunshine is there. Similarly, brahma-jyotir is here also. Sarvaṁ khalu iti brahma: "Everything is Brahman," but it is covered by māyā. Therefore the full-fledged brahma-jyotir, you cannot see.
Ravindra-svarūpa: I thought it [the brahma-jyotir] was a place that was far away.
Prabhupāda: Yes. It is... Just like above the cloud there is sunshine, fully. We have seen it in an aeroplane. This airlines, U.S. airlines, they say, "Friendly skies." So go to the friendly sky. Why do you remain here, nonsense sky, always covered with cloud? Go to the friendly sky. Just go above the cloud. The cloud is māyā. Go above the māyā. Then you see. You are seeing already, but it is not full-fledged experience. Everything we are seeing. We have experienced God's power, God's energy. But because we are in ignorance, therefore we cannot conceive perfectly. And as soon as you are above the māyā... Māyām etāṁ taranti te (BG 7.14). That māyā you can, I mean to say, surpass simply by Kṛṣṇa consciousness. As you become full-fledged Kṛṣṇa conscious, oh, then you see always brahma-jyotir and Brahman and Kṛṣṇa and everything."