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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