Karma yoga, (also known as Buddhi Yoga) or the "discipline of action"
is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism.
Karma yoga basically consists of entirely selfless service, in which the Ego is
given up to the desire to serve God in every thing, be it man, animal or plant.
This is the yoga of the Gila, as Lokamanya Tilak would have us believe.
Karma in Sanskrit means action and this variety of yoga derives its name
from the fact that even after attainment of the goal of yoga, i.e. jivanmukti,
one does not renounce the various acts themselves. It is said that bondage is caused
by the cravings and desires that are associated with an act, and that one can be
free of the binding effect of any act if one does the act without associating himself
with the consequences. It is not the acts themselves that bind an individual, but
rather the attitude or intention involved. A Karma Yogi behaves with indifference
which is the pr9duct of cessation of desire and an awareness of the real significance
of happenings in the world. Karma
Yoga thus involves doing one's duties without any reservation, and without the craving
that one should get this or that benefit for his acts. This attitude is indeed very
difficult to cultivate, for most of us have their mind usually swayed away by the
imaginations of the pleasures that our acts may possibly give rise to. We thus always
have an eye on the future improvement in our position. prestige, power and so on.
We usually do various things in order to become more important in the society we
ve in, we always happen to aspire and crave for achieving something that others
cannot achieve, we always want to have something more and better than what our neighbours
and friends have.