"Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soulís energies and austerities." .....................Bhagavad Gita
Itís not what you do that counts, itís the attitude
while doing it that determines if a job is a karma yoga job, i.e. a liberating
job, or a binding job. Work is worship. Swami Sivananda advises us to "give
your hands to work, and keep your mind fixed at the lotus feet of the
Same as attitude. It is not what you do that counts but
your real motive behind it. Your motive must be pure. Swami Sivananda says: "Man
generally plans to get the fruits of his works before he starts any kind of
work. The mind is so framed that it cannot think of any kind of work without
remuneration or reward. A selfish man cannot do any service. He will weigh the
work and the money in a balance. Selfless Service is unknown to him."
Often "duty" is referred to as
"righteousness". You will incur demerit if you shun your duty. Your
duty is towards God, or Self, or the Inner Teacher who teaches you through all
the specific circumstances of your life as they appear.
Whatever you have to do, do your best. If you know of a
better way to serve, you must use it. Do not hold back because of fear of effort
or because of fear of criticism. Do not work in a sloppy manner just because no
one is watching or because you feel the work is not for you. Give your best. Try
to do such actions that can bring maximum good and minimum evil. Do Karma Yoga
God is the doer. You are not the doer. You are only the
instrument. You do not know Godís intentions or Godís plans. God is the
actor. The Self never acts, changes. It is only the 'Gunas' - the three
qualities which are playing. The way to realize this truth is to
constantly work for workís sake and let go of the results, good or bad. It is
the desire for action that binds the individual. It is the detachment from
action that will dissolve the karmic seeds. Detachment from results also means
detachment from the type of job itself. There is no job that is inferior or
superior to a different job. Donít be attached to your job. Be ready to give
up your job if necessary.
Do to others what you would like to be done to yourself.
Love thy neighbor as thyself. Adapt, adjust, accommodate. Bear insult, bear
injury. Unity in Diversity. We are parts of the same body. Practice humility in
action. Beware of power, fame, name, praise, censure.
extracts taken from sivananda.org