Practicing Karma Yoga
the name of this yogic system implies, the discipline involves action. The aim
of Karma Yoga is to attain union with the Supreme by means of right action,
which means, quite simply, action undertaken for its own sake and not for the
sake of reward.
Karma in Sanskrit means action and this variety of
yoga derives its name from
the fact that even after attainment of the goal of yoga, i.e. jivanmukti, one
does not renounce the various acts themselves.
Two things are indispensably requisite in the practice of Karma Yoga. The Karma
Yogi should have non-attachment to the fruits of actions and secondly he/she
will have to dedicate his/her actions at the altar of God with the feeling of
Benefits of Practicing Karma Yoga
By doing selfless service you can purify your
All negative qualities like egoism, hatred, jealousy, ideas of
superiority will vanish.
You will develop humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance and mercy.
Selfishness will be eradicated.
You will get a broad and liberal outlook on life.
You will begin to feel oneness and unity.
Finally, you will obtain knowledge of the Self. You will realize One in
all and All in one.
How to practice Karma Yoga
practice of Karma Yoga does not demand possession of wealth or power. You can
serve with your mind and body.
If you find a poor sick man lying on the road side, give him some water or milk
to drink. Cheer him up with sweet, encouraging words. Put him in a carriage and
take him to the nearest hospital. If you do selfless service, your heart will be
purified. God is more pleased with service for the poor helpless people.
If any one is suffering from acute pain in any part of the body, at once massage
the affected part very quickly. Feel, when you massage, that you are shampooing
the body of the Lord (Virat). Repeat your Ishta Mantra or any name of the Lord
while massaging. Pray also from the bottom of your heart: "O Lord! Remove the
pain of this man. Let him rest in peace. Let him possess good health." Feel,
when you massage, that the energy from the cosmic source, Hiranyagarbha, is
flowing continuously through your hands. Some neophytes are afraid their energy
will be depleted by massaging another person. This is a serious mistake. The
more you give, the more you will get. You will be in tune with the cosmic energy
or the Infinite. This is the divine law.