when performed as a spiritual discipline and equanimity of mind,
is called Karma Yoga. When work is done without any desire for
the personal gain out of the work or not as a routine duty out
of fear, it becomes spiritual action. Performance of ones daily
work or a profession alone is not Karma Yoga. Karma yoga is the
secret of action without attachment or desire for the fruits as
the main aim of action. It gives tranquility with evenness of
mind in gain and loss, success and failure. The work should be
performed as a service and offering to God and not for personal
glory or profit.
says: "Karmanye va Adhikaraste' Ma Pphaleshu Kadhachana."
"You have the right to action only, and not to its fruits."
It must be performed as a service to society, seeing God in everything
and taking the results as a blessing of God. "Action is always
superior to inaction." When one is conscious of one's duty
to the society and performs an activity without attachment to
the gain, a sense of peace and evenness of the mind is sure to
Karma Yoga is an effective spiritual discipline for persons seeking
knowledge of God or of the self. Action should be natural and
spontaneous, like helping a needy person without looking for the
gains in return. Karma Yoga is taught as the most basic discipline
and as the most important and the first step in the Hindu faith,
before the devotional path of Bhakthi yoga, discipline of Raja
Yoga and the Divine knowledge seeking Jnana Yoga.
is, at the same time, the most difficult to follow for the common
man uninitiated in the wisdom of the teachings of the Vedas. It
calls for a mental discipline in our activities. Even fighting
a war should be possible for a real Karma-Yogi if one is performing
it as a Dharma and is free from selfishness, greed and passion.
as action or duty is considered dry and empty unless it is done
with devotion to help the soul to attain a spiritual goal. They
should perform duty without ego, greed, possessiveness or lust.
That performance of duty should not be with attachment to the
fruits but as a duty to God and His Maya. This is the essence
of practice of religious faith, and the ethics to be followed
in our day to day activity.