Karma yoga according to the Bhagavad Gita

Though we have already given a number of quotations from the Bhagavad Gita, we feel it is worthwhile giving a few more selected verses. This may seem a little repetitive, but it will help you to further grasp the essence of karma yoga practice.

Attachment to the fruits of actions: “Your right is to work only, never to its fruits. Do not be motivated by the fruits of actions and do not be attached to doing nothing.” (2:47)

Equanmity: “Do your action, oh Arjuna, with the feeling and attitude of yoga. Abandon attachment and be balanced in success and failure. Equanimity of mind is yoga.” (2:48)

Necessity of action: “Surely, it is not possible for an embodied being to entirely abandon actions; but he who relinquishes the rewards of actions is a man of renunciation.” (18:11)

Egolessness: “He who is free of the feeling of the ego, who is not swayed by the feelings of good and bad – though he slays these people, he does not really kill and he is not bound by the actions.” (18:17)

Renunciation and enlightenment: “He who is totally unattached to anything, who is in control of his individual self, who is devoid of desire he by renunciation (mentally) attains the supreme state of freedom from action (enlightenment).” (18:49)

“Therefore, without attachment, always perform the actions that need to be done; it is by working without attachment that one can know higher awareness.” (3:19)

Duty: “Do your duty, for action is far superior to inaction and even the mere maintenance of the physical body would be impossible without some form of action.” (3:8)

There are seven hundred verses in the Bhagavad Gita, each of which is pregnant with meaning. We strongly urge the reader to obtain a translation of this scripture, explore the mine of knowledge for himself and take out the gold of wisdom.

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