Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Let God Do Everything
When the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) has combined bhakti yoga and karma yoga, he feels that God does everything, that he is an instrument in the hands of God. Thus he slowly frees himself from the bonds of karma and attains freedom through action.
When the sadhaka combines jnana yoga with karma yoga he feels that prakriti (nature) does everything. He feels that he is the silent witness of the activities of the mind, the senses and the three states (waking, dream and deep sleep).
The karma yogi feels the indwelling presence everywhere. He develops adaptability, He shares all he has (physical, mental and spiritual) with others. He observes strict brahmacharya. He offers all his works unto the Lord. Before going to sleep he says: "O Lord, whatever I have done today is done as worship of thee. May thou be pleased to accept it." Thus he burns the fruits of action, and he is no longer bound.
The karma yogi attains freedom through action. Thus he gets purity of heart and, through purity of heart, he attains knowledge of the self.
Some aspirants are humble at the beginning of their career. But, when they get name, fame, some followers, some disciples - they become victims of pride. Now they cannot do any service, they cannot carry anything on their heads or even in their hands.
The yogi that carries the baggage with joy and feeling, amidst a multitude of admirers, without making any show of humility, must be admired.
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"Restraining and subduing the senses, regarding everything equally, rejoicing in the welfare of all, these alone come to Me." (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter XII, Verse 4). Such a man becomes a good karma yogi. He reaches the goal quickly.