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Dharmi
25 February 2013, 04:27 PM
Namaskar

Please, could someone direct me to some resources on Karma Yoga? That is books, on-line articles etc. I am specifically interested in the aspect of the seemingly trivial day-to-day activities of Man, like work, household tasks, physical exercise etc. I have a hard time in some cases understanding where the dividing line goes between when the actions are egoistic driven and when they become an offering to the Lord. Example: i have a choice to leave work at normal hours and go home performing Puja, meditate, reading the Gita etc., but i can also work overtime because i need the money that month to buy a new car. I will work my normal hours as an offering to the Lord, and i can work overtime as an offering to the Lord, but the latter will initially be egoistic driven, its basis will be of the lower personality :confused:

Shanti

Sudarshan
18 March 2013, 01:46 PM
Gita defines karma yoga as
yastvindriyANi manasA niyamyArabhate.arjuna .
karmendriyaiH karmayogamasaktaH sa vishiShyate ( 3.7)

Thus, karma yoga is control of senses by the mind. Whatever actions that helps us to obtain total control over the ten indriya-s (which will aid the "inward turning" of the mind) is karma yoga.

Karma yoga is indeed quite different from karma. The qualification of the word yoga there must make it obvious that karma yoga is in a very holy sphere. kAmya karma-s or actions tainted with desire cannot fall within the purview of karma yoga for obvious reasons. Work done at office does not make karma yoga because it is based on "give and take" relationship. You work because you get salary and other benefits. If you don't get paid you will leave the job. Such actions do not make karma yoga.

Karma yoga or Kriya yoga roughly equates to all kinds of religeous karma-s (japa, upAsana, prANAyAma, nine modes of worship etc) done solely with the aim of obtaining the divine grace. Proper practice of this yoga will lead to spiritual awakening due to the divine grace. With a lot of practice, we will become more mature and be able to extend the focus of karma yoga to not just religeous activities, but day to day tasks also, and do all work in a manner free from selfish motives. Such an aspirant is called aruruxa and he strives to become a yogArUdha.

ArurukShormuneryogaM karma kAraNamuchyate
yogArUDhasya tasyaiva shamaH kAraNamuchyate

The advanced yogi who has become a master of yoga is called the yogArUDha and others striving to become yogis are called Aruruxa-s.

sva
25 March 2013, 02:38 AM
Namaste,

I have found this book very helpful in clarifying some doubts esp. about the omnipresent 'right / wrong' conflict in our daily lives.

"THE ABSOLUTE LAW OF KARMA" - by PANDIT SHRIRAM SHARMA ACHARYA"

You can find a PDF online.

Jay Shri Krishna

savithru
26 March 2013, 01:30 AM
Namaskar

Please, could someone direct me to some resources on Karma Yoga? That is books, on-line articles etc. I am specifically interested in the aspect of the seemingly trivial day-to-day activities of Man, like work, household tasks, physical exercise etc. I have a hard time in some cases understanding where the dividing line goes between when the actions are egoistic driven and when they become an offering to the Lord. Example: i have a choice to leave work at normal hours and go home performing Puja, meditate, reading the Gita etc., but i can also work overtime because i need the money that month to buy a new car. I will work my normal hours as an offering to the Lord, and i can work overtime as an offering to the Lord, but the latter will initially be egoistic driven, its basis will be of the lower personality :confused:

Shanti

As Krishna Bhagvan in the Bhagvad Gita says Karma is given free to us, only the humble ones know that they do not act alone but instead we are guided by the divine in all our actions and hence even though we take part in all our daily activities we need to renounce our attachments towards our actions. This is Karma yoga.

ahimsacalypso
16 April 2013, 04:32 PM
Namaste Dharmi, I found an e-book today on Karma Yoga written by Swami Sivananda and thought of your post. It is 119 pages, I have not read it yet, but maybe you will find something helpful in it. It is called "Practice of Karma Yoga" and is available to download as a free .pdf or to buy as a print edition on the Divine Life Society HQ website here http://dlshq.org/download/download.htm#practicekarma

Dharmi
20 April 2013, 05:25 PM
Namaste

Thank you all for your contributions! As i understand it then integration of karma yoga has an element of evolution in it, where the day-to-day activities will eventually be conducted for the Divine, with right practice and patience?

Both the PDFs looks right on the spot from the little i have had time to browse them, good find!

Shanti

paul59539
15 November 2013, 10:04 PM
Here's the links:
http://www.sivanandaonline.org/public_html/?cmd=displaysection&section_id=1136
http://www.erowid.org/spirit/yoga/yoga_karma.shtml
http://www.tsomo.com/resources.htm
http://www.vitalitylink.com/modality-Karma-Yoga-222
http://www.writespirit.net/resources/yoga/karma-yoga/

and many others just google it.. thanks

SuryaVedanta754
09 January 2014, 02:56 AM
Karma Yoga - by Swami Vivekananda

(free pdf of entire book)

http://www.vivekananda.net/PDFBooks/KarmaYoga.pdf


Swami Vivekananda was one of only a handful of people that Mahatma Gandhi recognized as a true saint...

SuryaVedanta754
27 September 2015, 12:14 PM
Hindu Yogi on Helping The Poor

My heart is too full to express my feeling; you know it, you can imagine it. So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who,

having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them. I call those men-- who strut about in their finery, having got all their money by grinding

the poor---wretches, so long as they do not do anything for those two hundred millions who are now no better than hungry savages. We are poor, my brothers, we are

nobodies; but such have been always the instruments of the Most High.

-- Swami Vivekananda...



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