Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results.
- Sakyong Mipham
Commitment to work
What is Karma yoga?
Karma yoga is often called the yoga of selfless service or the path of work. The term "Karma yoga," means the "discipline of action" and is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. Among the various ways that Hindus believe that one can progress in the spiritual life, Karma yoga is said to be the most effective and honorable.
What is the focus of Karma Yoga?
The Practicing of the selfless service in Karma Yoga is believed to lead with its purification of the mind and heart, to the turning of one's life into a spiritual act as a whole. In this practice, one is seen as being used as an instrument in the hands of God without expectation of reward in return but rather an act of worship.
How does one practice Karma Yoga?
In the Bagavhad Gita, Krishna explains that work done without selfish expectations purifies one's mind and gradually makes an individual fit to see the value of reason. He states that it is not necessary to remain in external solitude, or remain actionless, in order to practice a spiritual life, since the state of action or inaction is primarily determined in the mind.