Convert Your Actions into Yoga


How can we realize God while being engaged in karma (doing action)?
In this context, Lord Sri Krishna says in the 16th shloka of the 4th chapter of the Srimad Bhagwad Gita:
"What is action and what is inaction? As to this even the wise are deluded. Therefore, O Arjuna! I shall explain unto thee what action is, by knowing which thou shall be liberated from the evil of sansara ?the wheel of birth and death."

It is verily karma that earns one religious merit or sin. Religious merit binds one to heavens, makes him indulge in sense pleasures and thus creates bondage. Sin also creates bondage and takes one to hells or lower life forms, thus causing misery. We cannot remain without action. We may abandon all activity and sit idle; still we will be doing something or the other through our body or the mind. We can renounce action neither by shirking from action nor by being engaged in action. One only has to be careful while engaging in action.

Have you ever heard of a horse or an elephant having a heart attack? Why do only humans have heart attacks? The reason is that human beings have taken upon themselves the sense of responsibility and doership of action. Actions create bondage only because of the desire for the fruits thereof, the sense of ?mine? and attachment. Actions devoid of the desire for the fruits of actions, the sense of ?mine? and attachment take one to Naishkarmya Siddhi, uniting one with God. ?Uniting one with God? is also a misstatement, because every living being is ever united with God. We never were, nor are, nor can ever be separated from God. Even so, desire for fruits of actions has deprived us of divine bliss. A sure and simple way to divine bliss is to abandon the desire for the fruits of actions, the sense of ? mine? and attachment.

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