What Is A Karma Yogi?
Uniting Karma and Yoga
You may or may not have heard of this term for someone who is regarded as a teacher.
You might have heard people talk about those who are “Karmic Yogi’s”…that is, they have chosen a path/job that embraces selfless acts of giving or endless acts of service to others.
But what is a Karmic Yogi?
Let’s break down the two words to start with.
Karma has the root verb “Kri” from Sanskirt meaning “act” or law of causation:
Yoga means “dexterity of work” or “union of self with supreme self”.
Therefore, Karma Yoga means “discipline of action”.
It’s talked about in Hinduism and Vandanta, and sometimes in different Buddhist systems.
The Bhagavad Gita
Karma Yoga is one of the four path’s to realization, and this particular form of yoga is of selfless service.
We can look through ancient texts and scriptures to find more examples and explanations of this.
The ancient Hindu tale called Bhagavad Gita defines this as “form of nature”, meaning it occurs naturally.
It also goes on to give an example of karma yoga, Krishna said:
“Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme”.
If you are able to do the task with out attachment to the deed or outcomes they are done as a truly selfless act.
Every human’s goal in this life is to unit the soul with the divine; once you are able to have inner peace, a calm mind will follow, allowing attachments to fall and selfless acts to flow.
The Right Mindset
They have many wonderful examples of this, but this one really was simple and to the point.
They say: “ If you wish to help a man, never think of what a man’s attitude should be towards you”.
Do a task, job, or deed for its own reward.
Do not think, wish, or hope for the reward, do it as if it were nothing and then let it go.
In karma you reap what you sow, if you sow nothing but negative, hateful, spiteful deeds, you will only lead a life of misery.
If you choose to do things out of kindness, compassion, or simply just because you are sowing the seeds of happiness for mankind, you have the right mindset!
Some famous Karmic Yogi’s: Mahatma Ghandhi, Sadasiva Brahman, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mahavatar Babji, Swami Yukteswar Giri just to name a few.
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