To convert a binding karma into a liberating karma.
It is like using snake poison appropriately to create medicine.
Contributed By Dr. Kiran
Karma Yoga (Chapter 3) Action is Superior to Inaction
Arjuna is seeking clarification - which path to Take- Krishna glorified Jnana marga but was seem to be asking Arjuna to fight Ghore Karmani
Lord clarifies that both are important- hunger is satiated by eating food, but we have to prepare food first
Man because of his freewill bestowed to him can pursue goals or purushartha
Moksha or enlightenment is ultimate goal - choice
But for his other requirements he has to do action or Karma without choice because…..
Lord says – man cannot maintain even his body without action and cannot remain silent even for a moment- Kshana api without doing something
Karma Yoga (Chapter 3)
Niyataṁ kuru karma tvaṁ karma jyāyo hy akarmaṇaḥ
śarīrayātrāpi ca te na prasiddhyed akarmaṇaḥ 3.8
tvaṃ kuru Perform niyataṃ karma the obligatory action, hi for karma jyāyaḥ action is superior, akarmaṇaḥ to inaction, api ca śarīrayātrā Even the maintenance of the body, na prasidhyet would not be possible, te for you akarmaṇaḥ from inaction.
Perform the obligatory action (as explained in Vedas), for action is superior to inaction. From inaction ,even the maintenance of the body would not be possible.
Karma Yoga - Proper Action & Attitude
•Having explained the futility and dangers of avoiding action, Lord Krishna advises how one should do action. These are seed verses of karma yoga
•Lord further explains- now that Karma is essential why not use it as a means of attaining the ultimate ?
•Such a deliberate planned proper action (Karma) with proper attitude (Yoga) becomes a means of preparation to get necessary qualification for obtaining Jnana and a YOGA- This he calls KARMA YOGA
Karma can be divided into:-
1.Satvika karma- Uttama benefits others more, helps in spiritual progress
2.Rājasic karma - madhyama karma; selfish action, But may not cause harm
3.Tamasic- more damage
Karma Yoga- Acceptance and Gratitude
•Should be the aim of seekers
•Pancha maha yajna-
•YES and THANK YOU
•Lord Krishna commands that this Yajna should be done regularly (Agna) . Pancha Mahayajna is mention in Vedas
•Thus, such a Karma Yoga we can get rid of Malam or impurities and attain important qualification and tool for pursuing Jnanam yoga for realising “The Self- The greatest quest of Mankind”
niyataṃ kuru karma tvaṃ karma jyāyō hyakarmaṇaḥ|
śarīrayātrā'pi ca tē na prasiddhyēdakarmaṇaḥ||3.8||
•Krishna declares that action is superior to inaction
•An immature person may not follow the prescribed actions