Karma yoga – path of action
The Bhagvadgita remains the main source for the conceptual basis of karma yoga; it was later elaborated by Swami Vivekananda. Karma yoga is the path that leads to the salvation through action. Salvation is the ultimate state of consciousness. Work is the central and defining characteristic of life.It may have intrinsic value,instrumental value or both. Instrumental values includes incentive,dignity and power etc…,which is the result expected from the work. The Gita teaches us the to do work with out thinking of result.This path emphasizes on performing actions with detachment, without worrying about the result.
Actions are categorized as:
- Tamasik, if they are binding, deteriorating, violent and is a result of state of delusion and confusion
- Rajasik, when performed with craving for desires, with egoism and a lot of
- Sattvik, when it is free from attachment and done without love or hatred
The essence of karma yoga is to convert kamya karma (action with desires) into yogic karma by inculcating detachment and committing one’s energy to unceasing work.Understanding Karma Yoga and its practice has similar role that lead an individual towards work and leading to a satisfied life. This may play a role towards practical aspects of positive psychology to improve one’s life style.