Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3, Shlok 8

niyataṁ kuru karma tvaṁ karma jyāyo hyakarmaṇaḥ
śharīra-yātrāpi cha te na prasiddhyed akarmaṇaḥ

You should thus perform your prescribed Vedic duties, since action is superior to inaction. By ceasing activity, even your bodily maintenance will not be possible.

Word by Word Meaning:

niyatam - constantly
kuru - perform
karma - Vedic duties
tvam - you
karma - action
jyāyaḥ - superior
hi - certainly
akarmaṇaḥ - than inaction
śharīra - bodily
yātrā - maintenance
api - even
cha - and
te - your
na prasiddhyet - would not be possible
akarmaṇaḥ - inaction

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