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Marie: Dear James, thanks over and over again for organising these webinars! It is such a helpful means of remote-development and connexion among Vedanta students. It invites to assimilate the teachings on a regular basis! Great!
I have a question on karma yoga: You mention that karma yoga helps to destroy attachment and to build up dispassion. But I’m still not clear on what exactly is “karma yoga.” So far, I had the understanding that karma yoga was more “an attitude of service through action,” making every action performed with a serving and devoted mindset karma yoga. After this chapter, I tend to believe that all actions that will make a person grow in the development of the ten qualifications is karma yoga.
What is karma yoga, practically? When is an action karma yoga and when not? What is the difference between “sadhana” and karma yoga? Could you offer some clarity on this topic? Thank you so much.
~ With love, Marie
James: Hi, Marie. Karma yoga is sadhana. It is dedicating your actions to the self and taking the results with a grateful mind. It is based on the knowledge that Isvara is the giver of the results of actions. The anxiety and stress and attachment associated with what you are doing goes away if you act in the karma yoga spirit. If you act in this spirit, your vasanas get neutralized and your mind becomes peaceful so you can discriminate the self from Marie. Yes, all sattvic dedicated actions are karma yoga and prepare the mind.
~ Love, James