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  1. umashankar
  2. Master Gita Master Life
  3. 16 March 2019
Swamiji
When we perform action with out expectation however with no worship attitude, does it produce the same chita shuddi

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  1. Krishnan
  2. 4 months ago
  3. #65
Just expressing my point of view.
The fundamental objective is to realise the self and identify it with the Supreme. Any action has a Doer but one should note that the doer and the action are being driven by the Supreme. The fruits of the action is also to be given by the Supreme. Hence till true realisation takes place worship to the Supreme will also be required as it is being done on his behalf.
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Hari Om!

Doing an action without "Isvara Samarpana Buddhi" and without "Isvara Prasada buddhi" can not qualify as Karma Yoga.

Just by being neutral to the result of our action can not lead to Citta-Suddhi.

For citta Suddhi to happen, the Kashmala exsting therein should be removed. Doing an action should be for a right cause, right effort and with the right attitude. Then alone we try to erase the impurities within. Doing an ego centric action driven by ego centric desire can never lead to Citta Suddhi. We need to clean the mind space for God to enter. That cleaning is possible only by surrender of the ego to a higher ideal and performing the action in a Yagna spirit. When ego is surrendered to a higher ideal, automatically one takes the fruits of action as Isvara Prasada.
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I agree with Krishnan Ji's comment above. Hopefully this will help in answering the question.

1. From V.38 : Our life’s purpose is to exhaust the bundle of vasanas and being equanimous in all situations helps to keep our mind open. Our ego and egoistic desires upset the balance and new vasanas tend to get accumulated. Hence the attempt is to keep mind equanimous and act being detached from the ego. Therefore we need mental purification, which comes as a result of real living and right action.

2. From V39 we understand that the means of our knowledge is not perfect hence the knowledge we gain remains information i.e. Paroksha and does not become experience Aparoksha gyana. We have 6 kinds of mental impurities hence the mind cannot focus so we need Karma Yoga.

3. Question then is what is Karma Yoga? So we start with what is Karma first. We do good or bad actions resulting in Punya or Papa, which leads to joy or sorrow later on. Based on the motivation behind the action – sankalpa that we take, and the attitude with which we do the action, the result of action changes. The utilization of Punya or Papa changes.

4. Karma Yoga uses the power of thought to act upon the action. If we dedicate the action to the Higher then the Punya is not utilized to give us joy later but works at our own mind level and reduces our agitations, restlessness and purifies the mind, which leads the indirect or Paroksha to become direct experience Aparoksha.

5. So even if we don’t have expectation of results from the work we are doing, the question really is what is our motivation behind the action in the first place. Depending on that, either the actions themselves become binding or liberating.


6. In V.50, Actions are never ending hence it can become exhausting. So the point is to act without getting caught up in it and creating more vasanas for ourselves. So if we do actions without the worshipful dedicated attitude, the test is to see if we can accept the results unconditionally when it comes.

7. Also from the book “Self Unfoldment” – chapter on ‘Action’ in section “Secret of Success” it clearly says that the higher the ideal the greater is the inspiration and greater will be the beauty of our action. An ideal propels us to activity so its not just welfare of our family, but welfare of community, a noble cause, welfare of the nation etc. When we dedicate our actions to a nobler cause, then our actions are more dynamic, efficient and successful. A higher goal gives us inspiration and as we surrender ourselves to such a goal, a new energy comes to us from within and this is seen in the inspired action that is performed.

8. The ultimate ideal is to divert our attention from this body, mind, intellect and focus on the Life-Principle supporting them all, the unchanging factor of all life.
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  1. Srinivasan
  2. 4 months ago
  3. #73
Hari om Umashankar ji,
As Swami ji had pointed out in his lecture about the example of dedicating our work as worship to a baby, nation etc. but the problem in these kind of work is that the karma yoga attitude is not long lasting. similarly if we do not have the worshipful attitude towards work but do it without expectation then the result will be the same but the inspiration to continue the work will end quickly and we will start doing the work with expectations as usual. Therefore worshipful attitude along with no-expectation is a must for our journey from the imperfect to the perfect. That is from the state we are to the goal of liberation as it is a long journey and may involve births to achieve it.
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Srinivasan
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