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Karma Yoga, Karma Yoga and Karma Yoga
Matt: I wrote to you at some point late last year. A lot has happened since then but my insights seem to come in fits and starts. I guess this is the “firefly” effect, which I find very frustrating.
Daniel: Nice to hear from you, Matt. ☺
It could be the “firefly” phase – but it could also be the fact that your mind is not receiving the consistent exposure to the teachings as needed. Repetition is key, Matt. Ignorance is so darn hardwired! And only by constant moment-to-moment application of the teachings can we recondition/rewire those false thinking patterns. But let’s take a step back. If karma yoga is not in place, then one’s whole spiritual pursuit will remain as just one frustrating firefly phase. Karma yoga is the mothership qualifier for/to liberation (moksa).
Matt: Anyway, I would appreciate your help with a particular question. I know that I need to come back to karma yoga to prepare my mind and quieten it down. The trouble is I find it really difficult to do. It’s like I can’t concentrate on it or I’m too agitated. Do you have any suggestions which could help?
Daniel: One shouldn’t need to come back to karma yoga, because it should never be left! But I’m glad you’re back – welcome! ☺
When we understand the logic/reason behind karma yoga we then realise that there is no other option but to have this attitude at all time. Without it, agitation will continue to govern the mind.
Why practise and concentrate on karma yoga? Karma yoga neutralizes the binding vasanas that agitate the mind. As long as the mind is agitated, the teachings (self-knowledge) will not “stick.”
Karma yoga is essentially an attitude that one takes toward action and its results. It is based on the understanding that while we have the right to act, we have no right to the results of our actions. That is, we can neither claim responsibility for nor expect any particular result or consequence that ensues from our actions.
Karma yoga is just the pure knowledge that Isvara is the doer and the giver of the results of action. This results in an effortless, positive, contributory attitude with regard to action, which destroys one’s likes and dislikes. Karma yoga is a conscious practice, a decision based on the logic of reality.
Here’s a nice link to check out too.
Matt: I think you hit the nail on the head there… I guess I am struggling because I don’t expose myself enough to the teachings. It makes more sense now that karma yoga is automatic when you understand it!
I’ll keep plugging away!
Thanks again. ☺
Daniel: My pleasure.
Yeah, constant exposure to the teachings is key.
Understanding the logic and implication behind the teachings (whether it be karma yoga or jnana yoga) does makes it “automatic,” as you say. I suggest ordering ones of James’ books, The Essence of Enlightenment (link) or How to Attain Enlightenment; it will offer you all the tools needed to artfully apply karma yoga, and eventually jnana yoga.
Keep well, friend.