“Karma Yoga is the Self-sacrificing Devotion of all the inner and outer activities as a sacrifice to the Lord of All Works, offered to the Eternal as Master of all the Soul’s energies and austerities.” – Bhagavad Gita.
You’ve caught of karma. And you’ve caught of yoga. But what is karma yoga? While karma yoga has many different meaning a lot of different things to different people, the general idea is taking the philosophy of yoga and putting it in action. This means stepping off to the mat and get into the world. It means burn your ego, serve to your community, and being part of something bigger than yourself.
Yoga does not mean karma, Karma Yoga is an act of yoga that has been presented to get in life for stability of a person. Yoga is to go beyond karma. If there is a way to do Sadhana with the help of right kind of action then that is Karma Yoga. The right thing of Karma Yoga is to practice yoga without any kind of expectations. The word karma means “action” and the word yoga essentially means to get in touch with the self. Karma yoga is one of the right way of yoga that a practitioner can follow. The name originate from the Sanskrit term meaning “action”. Therefore, it is the path of action, service towards others. It is considered that someone practicing karma yoga is the most effective way to develop spiritually.
How to practice Karma Yoga?
1 – Right Attitude
It is not depend on your work what you do that counts, it is the attitude you doing it that by your heart whether it is a job or Karma Yoga.
Well said “Work is worship”.
Swami Sivananda recommended that you should, “Give your hands to work and keep your mind fixed at the Lotus Feet of the Lord.”
2 – Real Motive
This is alike to right attitude, it is not what you are doing that counts but yours motive behind it. Your motive must be Right or pure.
Swami Sivananda says, “Generally we people setup our mind if we do some work for our interest and to get the fruits of his work before start any kind of work. Our mind is so framed that it cannot think of any kind of work without reward. A selfish people cannot do any job or work. He will scale the work and the money in a balance. Selfless service is unknown to him.”
Consider the example of two girls who were go down on the road.
Two young man immediately helped him. One man help him because so he could ask the girl to marry him. The other helped him, “I have done my duty. God gave me a chance to serve in life and do more progress .”
The external action was the same, but the inner motive was different.
3 – Do Your Duty (Swadharma)
Often our specific duty in life is referred to as “Dharma”, which means uprightness.
Performance of duty free the soul it means it is not dependent to any one, and non-performance of duty keeps the soul in bondage.
Perform your duty according to your caste and your stage in life, which are created by the Gunas or qualities born from a person’s nature.
The highest duty is to God, the In-dweller, to learn and to progress.
4 – Give your best
Whatever you do in your life, give your best. You will failing if you do not give your best.
If you know how to serve better in your life then you must make use of it.
Do not do work in a disordered manner because no one is watching you always give your best effort.
Try to do movements that can bring maximum good and minimum evil.
Do Karma Yoga increasingly often as this will accelerate you’re paying off of karmic debts. There is no time to lose.
Swami Sivananda well said, “You can elevate others only if you have elevated yourself. A prisoner cannot liberate other prisoners.”
5 – Give up results
God is the Doer. You are not the Doer, you are only the actor only do acting according to the script.
You do not know God’s intentions what he written in your page of life. God is the writer (i.e. the Self never acts).
It is only the Gunas that are playing. The way to realize this Truth is to constantly work for work’s sake and to let go of the outcome, good or bad.
Note that Karma is always working. You will always be drawn to things that you need to learn.
6 – Serving God or the Self in All
Do it to others what you would like to have done to yourself. Love their neighbor as themself. Adapt, adjust, accommodate. Bear insult, bear injury. Unity in diversity.
We are all parts of the same body. Practice humility in action. Beware of power, fame, name, praise, and censure.
7 – Follow the Discipline of the Job
Everyone learn something in life for his experience by his work. Try to give your best and the lessons of your work will be rich.
8 – Qualifications of a Karma Yogi
- A Karma Yogi should be free from desire, greediness, annoyance, and selfishness. If there are some mark of some mistake, he should try to wash out. He should not expect anything for his actions. He should be very humble and free from hatred, jealousy, harshness, etc.
- A Karma Yogi should be friendly, loving, and calm nature. He is a freely soul able to move anywhere and easily mix with anyone without distinction of caste, creed, or color. He should have perfect flexibility, compassion, and cosmic love.
- A karma Yogi should do their regular karmas in his life. He do Pranayama, physical exercises, and Asana in order to keep up a high standard of health. He should have the power of resolution.
What will the practice of Karma Yoga bring?
- Karma Yogi develop and learn new skills.
- Karma Yogi will help to develop your personality, growth, health, and fulfillment.
- Karma Yogi will remove your ego and selfishness.
- Karma Yogi will achieve Purification of the heart.
- You will become more loving, balanced, and sattvic.
- You will have a more flexible mind and a more tolerant attitude (less rigid).
- You will broaden your outlook on life.
Karma Yoga is the best thing for purification of heart. It helps in inculcating all the good qualities while getting rid of all the negative ones. Everyone must practice Karma yoga to develop and harness the power of inner spirituality and strength.