I have a new found fascination with karma yoga. I have been exposed to the concept earlier, but this time the interest is more with the perspective of understanding how it applies to me. Any knowledge that is gathered must be understood and applied to real life. Without that it has little relevance or impact.
In the Gita the Lord recommends karma without any desire for results. It’s quite ok to say one should act (karma) and not be attached to it or its results. That’s theory and I understand it. But how does that translate into practical life. How does one actually do it? Any ideas?
I read a few verses of Chapter 3 of the Gita today. A few verses that speak of karma yogs are mentioned below.
Chapter 3, Verse 2
My intelligence is bewildered by Your equivocal instructions. Therefore, please tell me decisively what is most beneficial for me.
Chapter 3, Verse 3
The Blessed Lord said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who realize the Self. Some are inclined to understand Him by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others are inclined to know Him by devotional work.
Chapter 3, Verse 8
Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work.
Chapter 3, Verse 9
Work done as a sacrifice for Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage.
Chapter 3, Verse 19
Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty; for by working without attachment, one attains the Supreme.
Chapter 3, Verse 30
Therefore, O Arjuna, surrendering all your works unto Me, with mind intent on Me, and without desire for gain and free from egoism and lethargy, fight.
Read the entire chapter here.