As the Bhagavad Gita holds, God has installed mechanisms within us through which we are compelled to act in accordance to our instincts. If we plan a formal renunciation from the material world and the social responsibilities we ascribe to it, our renunciation has to coincide with our instincts; it has to be real – usually characterized by a mindset of minimal attachment to pension packages, position, fame, home, and family. On the other hand, if we opt to renounce even a few dollars under fascination, we will eventually aspire to get them back or will keep ourselves emotionally engaged in finding profits as we outwardly renounce money to waste some time in a self-created drama.
Because we all have a divine element within, it is impossible for us to fool ourselves. When we get rid of our passions, we get to renounce selfish karma automatically – without the uncertainties. Until then, every instance of God remembrance slowly molds our instincts towards a higher spiritual plane. The fulfillment of our responsibilities is supposed to complement our moments of God remembrance and lead us towards the development of a sattva-predominated (righteous) personality so that we can clearly see our way to God.