Karma Yoga

From The Golden Collection 2, Swami Satyananda Saraswati

To abide by the laws of karma yoga is an uphill task, but surely not an impossible one. The karma yogi goes his way through small day-to-day happenings. The test lies in trying the attitude of a man towards daily problems, severe and ordinary. The one who can detach himself from the exciting effects of joyful events and from the maddening effects of sorrowful events is a karma yogi in the true sense of the word, for he has offered all that he had at His feet. For such a man prayer does not mean His remembrance for a few routine minutes but it means offering unto Him his whole, full life. For him then, life itself becomes a constant prayer. Make your life a constant prayer by dedicating yourself to karma yoga.

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Karma yoga is a sublimated form of expression of suppressed passions.

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A physician who gives medicine to a patient is not tainted with sin if the patient dies. So also you should carry on your daily life with the objective of being serviceable to mankind while renouncing the feelings of happiness and misery; for, by being devoid of ego, the liberated souls have neither any selfish motive in good deeds nor are they harmed by bad deeds. The sadhaka who treads the path of karma yoga with detachment while surrendering unto God the fruits of his actions, is like the lotus in water, and is not bound by the fruits of good or bad actions.

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In order to receive, assimilate and mobilize the divine blessings, what one has to do is to plunge in ceaseless activities, well-sustained and supported by confidence and faith.

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By the study of karma yoga, the impurities of mind are destroyed and purity is achieved. What are the impurities of the mind? These are selfishness, vanity, desires, anger, greed, infatuation, envy, contempt and so on. By karma yoga the mind is fitted to receive the divine light.

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—18 March 2012, Paduka Darshan, Munger