What is Karma Yoga? The attitude with which we take action.
When is the best time to practice? Anytime during the waking state.
What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? To purify binding fears and desires, reduce emotional and mental disturbance and cultivate predominate sattva (peace of mind). Thus preparing the mind for the assimilation of Self Knowledge – that we are whole, complete and always good – that we are Sat-chit-ananda (limitless conscious existence).
Karma Yoga Sadhana (practice):
Cultivate gratitude for everything we have, the gifts and the challenges. All that we value in life has been provided by the field (Isvara), including our body, family, pets, food on the table, roof over the head and each new day.
2. Make a Contribution.
From this place of gratitude, offer every action as gift to the field. Place each action – thought, word and deed, on the alter of life.
3. Take Conscious Action
With knowledge of our personal karma (svadharma)and how the field works (samanya dharma), take the best action in every moment, with the understanding that while we choose our actions, the results are always up to the field, never us (this is not often acceptable to the ego – doer – enjoyer).
4. Take Responsibility for Your Experience
Every arriving, present-moment experience, is the result of our past actions interfacing with the field of creation. It’s time to release blame, and take full responsibility for our lives. Accept all results as prasad, a gift. There are no bad results, only opportunities to learn, which will help refine and align future actions.
A. Bhakti is an important part of Karma Yoga. Bhakti is the love and appreciation we offer to the field (Isvara). Honoring and serving something higher.
B. Karma Yoga is the foundational practice of Vedanta, which prepares the mind for more refined yogas such as Upasana (Ashtanga) and Jnana (Knowledge) Yoga, otherwise known as Vichara or Self Inquiry.
C. Most living in the western world do, to get (security, pleasure and virtue), this emboldens the ego and strengthens our fears and desires. With Karma Yoga we do, to give, as an expression of our inherent fullness, which neutralizing the grasping and fearful ego.
Karma Yoga Motto: “The heart that gives, gathers.”
Blessings on your Karma Yoga journey.
🙏🏻💛 Eaden Shantay
Owner & Founder at True Nature Healing Arts. Carbondale, CO
An inspiration sanctuary for connection and self discovery in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Join Eaden Every Wednesday evening 7:30pm for Meditation & Vedanta and Thursday noon for Steady Wisdom Vedanta Study Group (re-initiating in September).
Ganesha photo taken by SarahJane Johnson at the True Nature Peace Garden.