Dharma (Law of Life) and Karma (Right Action) - Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga

Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga

Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga

  1. All people in general seek success
  2. Success is normally understood to mean achievement or realisation of the object of desire or occurrence of intended results.
  3. Often success turns out to be temporary and one moves on in a circle of transient satisfactions and dissatisfactions; often success is found to be elusive and failure becomes a recurrent theme of the story of life; consequently, grief and discontent afflict people and this, in turn, sharpens people's search for success or for the real meaning of success or for the means by which grief and discontent are removed.
  4. Is there any effective, true and scientific method by which this search can be aided and answered?
  5. 'Detachment', it is said, is the master-word of the method, and the cultivation of detachment passes through 3 main stages:
  • The first stage is that of one's upliftment from absorption in grooves of work and fruits of works.
  • The second stage is marked by development of capacity to work without the desire to clutch at and enjoy fruits of work.
  • The third stage is attained by the increasing experience of inner serenity, harmony and peace, irrespective of whether works are crowned with success or failure, pleasure or pain, honour or dishonour.
  1. Ideally, true success is the attainment of this state of 'atmaprasada' − inner spontaneous contentment that comes by finding one's station in the true Self.
  2. Once this state becomes stable, grief and discontent no more afflict the inner life and even outer life ceases to be turbulent and disorderly.
  3. Often, this state induces inclination towards withdrawal from life and action, and one is allured away by the gospel of inaction and neglect of the welfare and solidarity of mankind, 'lokasangraha'
  4. It is this gospel of inaction that has caused much confusion, degradation and decline in the world, particularly, in the life of India.
  5. Hence, we must ask whether 'atmaprasada', the inner detachment and harmony and serenity is the highest and last word of wisdom or whether there is something more to be looked for.
Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga

Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga
  1. There is something more, − that is at least what we find in the Gita's gospel of Karma Yoga, − Yoga of Works.
  2. It is in the state of atmaprasada that one begins to experience the emergence of a Will (as distinguished from desire), which is vast, impersonal, unwavering, wise and luminous.
  3. It is with the growth of that Will that one begins to have a simultaneous experience of (a) inner detachment and (b) outer actions of knowledge, love and life-force (i.e., activities of acquisition, possession, relationship and enjoyment, such as those exemplified in the traditional image of Janaka).
  4. One begins to have clarities in the mind and one moves widely in inner spaces.
  5. One acts and pursues objects of inner aspiration; one even focuses on results of action and strives to achieve them: but whatever the degree of success or failure that comes in his way the inner contentment and happiness remains unaltered and tends to increase and become maximum. The important point is, however, that action is not given up: action is a must.
  6. At this stage, three processes mark the development:
  • Limitations of our instruments of action, − of body, life and mind, are gradually broken by a process of widening. heightening and deepening of consciousness as also of chiselling the expressions of the body, life and mind;
  • The thrust and goal of the vast, impersonal and luminous Will begin to be understood, and one begins to allow the melting of one's limited aims and objects in that Will;
  • that will begins to operate more and more powerfully, and high dynamo of automatic Action begins to generate circumstances, instruments and energies so that that will becomes increasingly accomplished, even though in that process one's petty, narrow  and egoistic desires get uplifted, purified, fulfilled or even denied and annulled.

This is what is called 'Siddhi', the state of successful realization in Yoga.


The question now is as to how we can present and demonstrate the application of the above system of knowledge and method.

We may have to take the help of academicians, scholars who are well versed in the Veda, Vedanta and Yoga, and scientists (who have some basic knowledge of inner disciplines).

Our goal must be to communicate with the common man so that he can use the above system of knowledge and method for his day-to-day activities for his and society's benefits.

Analysis of the Concept of Karmayoga

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