Friday, 1 May 2020

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga-Self  Discipline 

Karma is the universal law of cause and effect. All actions have consequences. Karma Yoga is the knowledge that deals with how to come into harmony with these forces, by being in full awareness with actions while letting go of the outcome or results. Seva is a practice of karma yoga, selfless service to others as part of one’s larger Self without thought of gain or reward, as it is an act of sublimating ego through having no attachments to the fruits of your actions, offering them up to the divine. Balancing the 3 Gunas, through mindful efforts, helps up to live in the bliss of the present moment, navigating through the endless obstacles that arise from the pull of karma.


If you can joyfully involve

yourself in any activity,

that is karma yoga.

If you do it with great effort,

only karma will come,

no yoga will happen!

12 Important Instructions for Karma Yogi by 
"Swami Sivananda"

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a) Who created karma yoga?

According to James Lochtefeld, Karma yoga is the spiritual practice of "selfless action performed for the benefit of others".

b) How to Practice Karma yoga

Six simple ways to practice Karma Yoga on a daily basis

1) Self-serve:- If you want to change the world, start at home, with yourself. Use the ordinary actions of your life as a means of “waking up.”This affects everything you do from household chores, like washing the dishes, to “important” duties, like your job. When you live your life with awareness, you carve a path to nourish the universe that eventually nourishes you. Being kind to ourselves and taking care of ourselves is not selfish but rather critical. If you are not healthy and peaceful, you can’t help others.

2) Be-genuine:-Bring your authentic self to the table. I know it’s easier said than done and, at times, painful. These days we are scared to live our true nature for fear of being taken advantage of or ridiculed. By living our true nature and not faking what society demands, we are raising the bar of the collective world consciousness. The more people start being genuine in every relationship, the more kindness will be shared and the fewer hearts will be broken.

3) Respect nature:- As Americans, we take nature and its resources for granted, often to the point of exploitation. Growing up in a developing country with limited access to clean water has made me cautious about the number of resources I use on a daily basis. Next time you leave that tap running while brushing your teeth, think about those with no drinking water who share the same world.

4) Contribute:- Who said making a contribution only means donating thousands of dollars or your time for volunteer activities? While these are great, the world can also benefit from us just being human. Just being there and listening to someone (be it family or your doorman) who is having a bad day is also a contribution. Similarly, helping an elderly person carry groceries is also a contribution to a huge one!

5) Practice compassion:- On a daily basis we come across people who are constantly agitated and rude. They might cut you off in a line, honk at you for driving too slow, or even abuse you for no reason. One can never really know what the other person is going through. So next time rather than showing your middle finger (because that’s exactly what they would expect from you), try to practice some compassion by not reacting and fuelling their frustration or anger. A smile can make a huge difference.

6) Positive attitude:- Practice being positive on a daily basis. It’s contagious!
Let the transformative power of yoga pull individuals out of a place of cynicism and criticism, victimization, or blame and invite them to think about life’s events as what Seane Corn calls “initiations that can mature our consciousness.”

c) Why is Karma Yoga important?
  • The main purpose of Karma Yoga is to control and eventually let go of your ego. It is essential that in the practice of Karma yoga you do not involve your ego because only then you can do it without attachment and desire. Sometimes a person thinks he needs some ego in order to perform better and grow.

d) What are the Benefits Of Karma Yoga?
  • It will inculcate good qualities like love, humility, and tolerance.
  • This path will make you look at life in a broader and more liberal manner.
  • It will help you forgo selfishness.
  • Karma Yoga purifies your heart.
  • It makes negative feelings like ego, hatred, and jealousy disappear.

e) What are the characteristics of karma yoga?
  • Karma yoga is the path of detached, selfless action. In the yogic tradition, it is one of four paths to self-realization along with bhakti, devotion or selfless, detached love, jnana, wisdom, or intuitive awareness of the real, and raja, the royal path, a blend of the other three based on the practice of meditation.

f) The 12 Laws of Karma Everyone Should Know!

The Great Law or The Law of Cause & Effect
  • To receive happiness, peace, love, and friendship, one must BE happy, peaceful,   loving, and a true friend.

The Law of Humility
  • One must accept something in order to change it. If all one sees is an enemy or a negative character trait, then they are not and cannot be focused on a higher level of existence.

The Law of Creation
  • Life requires our participation to happen. It does not happen by itself. 
  • We are one with the Universe, both inside and out. 
  • Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state. 
  • Surround yourself with what you want to have in your life and be yourself.

The Law of Responsibility
  • Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong with me.
  • We mirror what surrounds us and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
  • We must take responsibility for what is in our life.

The Law of Growth
  • Wherever you go, there you are. It is we who must change and not the people, places, or things around us if we want to grow spiritually.
  • All we are given is ourselves. That is the only thing we have control over.
  • When we change who and what we are within our hearts, our lives follow suit and change too.

The Law Of Connection
  • Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
  • Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
  • Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
  • Past-Present-Future they are all connected.

Law Of Focus
  • You can not think of two things at the same time.
  • When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.

The Law of Giving & Hospitality
  • If one believes something to be true, then sometime in their life they will be called upon to demonstrate that truth. Here is where one puts what they "Claim" to have learned into "Practice".

The Law of Here & Now
  • Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the            "HERE  AND NOW".
  • Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams.
  • Prevent us from having new ones.

The Law of Change      
  • History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.

The Law of Patience & Reward
  • All Rewards require initial toil.
  • Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
  • True joy follows doing what we’re supposed to be doing and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.

The Law of Significance & Inspiration
  •  You get back from something whatever "you" have put into it. The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
  •  Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
  •  Lackluster contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
  •  Loving contributions bring life to and inspire, the Whole.

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