Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yoga
by Kevin Sahaj
The first of the Yogas from the Bhagavad Gītā: Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the path to realization by acting selflessly in the world with the knowledge of our inherent interdependence with all things. If we look closely at our lives, the actions we take with selfish motivation almost always lead us or others to suffering. When we do our work without attachment to personal gains we open ourselves to a must bigger possibility of life. Caught within our narrow personal attachments working for ego gain always makes us smaller and disconnects us from the Universal Wisdom (Krishna).
By acting and working with trust and devotion to a higher intelligence that is guiding the flow of our lives, everything becomes easier and our mind gets purified of conflicts and pain. And like the Gita says: nothing harmful will stick to us like water running off the leaf of a lotus.
Karma Yoga is the way we integrate our actions in the world with our spiritual life, they become the same thing. Our work and actions are an expression of our spirit and our spiritual practice is in total alignment with our day to day normal life. Essentially Karma Yoga means that everything we do can be a Yoga. Every action we do becomes the expression of the universal flow, our lives are in complete alignment and difficulties are lessons in letting go of our attachment.
brahmaṇy ādhāya karmāṇi
saṅgaṁ tyaktvā karoti yaḥ
lipyate na sa pāpena
"One who performs his work without personal attachment and surrendering the results to the universal wisdom of love (Kṛṣṇa) is not affected by egotistical harmful actions like the leaf of a lotus remains untouched by water. " Chapter 5-15
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.