With Diwali having just gone and Christmas just around the corner, this year as every other year is drawing to a close with a lot of buying, spending, giving and expectations!
Having just returned from time with family for Diwali, (the Indian festival of lights, beautiful bright shining lights), I was reflecting on how much emotion and effort goes into, not just the celebration but also the anticipation of what you are going to receive and how your gifts are going to be received. This lead me to think about Karma Yoga and its role in our society today!
Karma Yoga is the yoga of selfless action. Its roots originate from the ‘Mahabharata’ when Arjuna is in battle with the Kauravas; his cousins who are being led by his guru, Bhishma Pitamaha. Arjuna goes through remorse and sorrow regarding the imminent battle involving his family and friends on both sides. Arjuna does not want to go into battle and Krishna advises him, to do his duty and surrender the results of all his actions to the supreme being (Krishna himself) rather than surrendering the action itself.
That was in the mythological era. In today’s day and age, a renowned yogi has explained Karma Yoga beautifully. He says if you put great effort in your activity, that activity is just Karma, if you do it joyfully without expectations then it becomes Karma Yoga! He further explains that with the various activities we perform in everyday life, we create impressions and get entangled in the process of life. Some even believe that these impressions are not just part of this life but also of our previous lives, our ‘Karmas’. We get bogged down and involved in the whole process of […]