You Have Free Will

Some ignorant people say: “Karma does everything. It is all destiny. If I am destined by my karma to be like this or like that, why then should I exert? It is my destiny only.” This is fatalism. This will bring inertia, stagnation and misery. This is perfect misunderstanding of the laws of karma. This…

Adapt and Adjust

A karma yogi should adapt, adjust, accommodate, in relation to all and under all circumstances. He should share what he has with others. He should be absolutely unselfish. He should keep his senses under control. He should always be truthful and cheerful. He should be social and amiable. He should be simple, noble, humble and…

Spirit of Service

The right spirit in service is necessary. Not the smallest insect is to be treated callously. I once found a drowning wasp. I took it out, gave it some warmth and prayed for it. For I know that the Lord is there in that wasp. So work for the benefit of others, because they are…

Dynamic Peace

Lord Krishna expects us to cultivate dynamic peace. He does not want us to be idle for even a single second. He characterizes his ‘dear ones’ as those who are engaged in working for the commonweal. Such activity is known as the practice of yajna, dāna and tapas – sacrifice, charity and self-control. Man should…

It’s All for Good

Once upon a time there was a king who had a wonderful, wise minister. The minister was very loyal and devoted to the king, and the king never left the palace without the minister at his side. One day as the monarch was cutting a piece of fruit, he accidentally cut his finger. As it…

All Work is Yoga

Every bit of work is yoga for you when you are sincere. Think that the Lord is working through your hands, eating through your mouth. In the beginning some of your actions may be unselfish. But in the long run you can do all actions in an unselfish manner. Always scrutinize your motives. Every act…

Spirit of Detachment

Worldly people are generally elated by success and depressed by failure. Elation and depression are the attributes of the mind. If you want to become a real karma yogi in the right sense of the term, you will have to keep a balanced mind at all times, in all conditions and under all circumstances. This…

Serve with Your Whole Mind

Half-hearted service is no service at all. Give your whole heart, mind and soul when you serve. This is very important when you practice karma yoga. Some people have their body in one place, mind in another place, and soul in another place. That is the reason why they do not make any substantial progress…

Mind To God

Give the mind to God and then you will be liberated. You will be free from birth and death. You will get the highest bliss. There is no doubt of this. Worship God in the poor and the sick. Service of the poor and sick is worship of God. Destroy ghṛṇā (disgust and loathing) when…

Benefits of Karma Yoga

Karma yoga prepares the mind for the reception of the light of knowledge. It expands the heart and breaks all barriers that stand in the way of unity or oneness. Karma yoga is the effective method, or sadhana, for citta suddhi (purification of the mind). When the thought of doing good to others becomes a…

Serve Silently

Work for the commonweal; do not work for selfish gains. Give up all profit motives. Work with detachment and you will attain eternal peace and immortality. The wise man does actions but believes himself to be free from actions since he expects no returns therefrom and has no selfish motive thereto. Serve without being conspicuous.…

Be Free in Action

Every thought and every deed of yours will generate certain tendencies which will affect your life here and hereafter. If you do good actions with a selfless spirit, you will soar high into regions of bliss and peace. As you sow so shall you reap. Good actions generate good thoughts. Wrong actions bring pain, misery…