The literal Sanskrit translation of karma is “action.” Each karma has an effect, in the present or the future. Therefore, the effect of our karma is neither punishment nor reward but simply an extended expression or consequence of our chosen acts.

Karmas lead to bonds and attachments. Yet as long as we are living, we have no choice but to perform actions. Karma Yoga, therefore, is the path for those looking to perfect their actions so that bonds are not created and one becomes closer to God and Self-realization.

What does it mean to perfect one’s karmas or actions? The Bhagavad Gita is filled with wisdom on this topic, and here is a simple summary taken from our Satguru Ji’s writings:

Karma Yoga is to do karma with the body while keeping the mind in meditation. When actions are performed in this way, desire for the fruits of one’s action ends and karma transforms into karma yoga. Therefore, a karma yogi is peaceful in both gain and loss. One then becomes a karma sanyasi (renunciate of karma), performing all actions by one’s senses but the soul remains detached.

While this may seem esoteric, it is reachable in this lifetime! We must apply what we learn from the scriptures to make real progress. Here are some practical tips to help us learn to combine karmas with detachment and meditation:

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Our annual celebration of Vyas Puja, or Guru Puja, took place on July 14th and 15th, 2012.  Over 100 people came to read from Satguru Ji’s Ramayan over the 24 hour period, giving us knowledge and peace as we all strive to live a more yogic life. Below are some videos from the auspicious weekend:

 

Urmilla Chawla, a dedicated student of the Ashram, wrote this adaptation to the 2nd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. This chapter contains Lord Krishna’s discourse on Samkhya Yoga, or Yoga of Knowledge. Urmilla has done a wonderful job conveying the Gita’s wisdom in a beautiful form for all to enjoy. 

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One of our talented students, Urmilla Chawla, wrote this beautiful poetry on the 12th chapter of the Gita…enjoy!

 

Arjun questions Lord Krishna:

Some devotees worship personal God with rituals, prayers and loving devotion

While others seek the Imperishable, Undefined, Unmanifest, and second to none

Tell me Supreme Lord, which Yogi is the superior knower of the path of devotion?

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ॐ शन्नो भगः शमु नः शंसो अस्तु
शान्नाः पुरन्धि  शमु सन्तु रायः I
शन्नो अर्यमा पुरुजातो अस्तु II

Source:      Rishi: Vashishtha         Rigveda: 7.35.2

MEANING:

O God! By your grace, humankind has attained wealth, power, intelligence, comforts,
luxuries, independence, and a lot more. We pray that we must not misuse these powers and riches.
They should be used to enhance comfort, peace and justice in the world.
No being should ever suffer from these powers.
Our wealth and fame must beget peace, our intelligence must always be the cause
of comfort, upholding truth and peace. May your justice extend peace and
happiness everywhere.