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  1. Jignasa
  2. Master Gita Master Life
  3. 19 May 2019
Hari Om : Karma Vs. Karma Yoga

Question: As an example : Mother has her daily duties in which some she likes and some she does not like but still she has to perform it for sake of her family. About the duties that she does like if she change her attitude to "she is serving Higher while doing her duties" does that become karma yoga?

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  1. Nandini
  2. 3 weeks ago
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Hari Om!
Dear Jignaji,
1.Karma is any action or any duty. Yes, a mother does so many actions every day, either willingly or unwillingly. They all are Karma at best. she knows she is the doer. If the family members praise her,she feels elated and enjoys that praise, making her a Bhokta. When they do not, she also feels dejected, she suffers.That also makes her a Bhokta.

2. Let us say, the same mother has been told to prepare Prasadam for the Satsanga. She prepares the prasadam with full love and devotion,singing songs of the divine as she is preparing it and then takes it to the Satsanaga with a Bhava of "Krishnarpanamastu". she has offered the Prasadam to the Lord in a total selfless way. When the Pasadam is served, she neither worries about the taste, nor how others have eaten or what others say about the taste etc. Once it has been offered to the Lord with devotion, her work is done! Suppose some one praises the Prasadam , she thinks "it is the Lord who puts taste in the food. ". Suppose someone says "amma, you should have added more ghee", she is not unhappy, she just thinks that "Swami, it is your Prasad."

In the first instance , it is Karma. In the secondinstance it is Karma Yoga.
  1. Jignasa
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Hari om .Usually a mother does her duties towards her family without much expectations in return ,especially from her children. She serves them unconditionally. Naturally whatever she does for her children is almost karma yoga only. (Of course she has a lot of attachment to her children which may reduce the intensity of karma yoga) If she develops an attitude of dedication to the Higher even while serving other children then , yes ,it is karma yoga. Hari om.
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Duties have to be performed whether we like it or not. Any duty performed with the attitude of dedication to the Higher would be Karma Yoga.
If we do duties because its a compulsion or a burden then its boring or tiring. Then we have no energy or enthusiasm or inspiration to do the duty. This would be Karma.
If we perform the same duty as worship, with all the care and effort and not let our likes and dislikes come in the way, then that is dedication and is Karma Yoga.
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Karma will generally lead to Punya and Papa which results in continuation of birth & death cycle (Samsara)
KarmaYoga is shift in mental attitude with service and worship while we act. As Swamiji explained - प्रसादबुद्धी & ईश्वरार्पणबुद्धी.
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