Intent Is Important

To walk the path of Karma yoga you need to be free of attachment to your own selfish desires and learn to act in the highest interests of all

4/1/2015 11:30:24 AM
written By : Pamposh Dhar Print

Lately, I hear many people talking about “karma,” often quite flippantly. I have to wonder, however, how much understanding there is behind the talk. In the hope of bringing some clarity about this law of life, I would like to share some of own thoughts on it. 

The law of karma is a law of action and consequence, of cause and effect. It applies to all of us, regardless of whether or not we believe in it. If we understand this law, we can live with awareness, choosing a path in our own highest interest.  

As human beings, we are compelled by our very nature to act – even to stay alive, we need to breathe, eat and drink, not to mention find food and water. And every action – and indeed every thought and every word we utter – has consequences, for ourselves as well as for others. 

So the question is not whether to act or not, but rather how to act for the best. An oft-quoted verse from the Bhagavad Gita provides an infallible guide, especially when understood in the context of the overall teachings of the Gita: “To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.” (Chapter 2, Verse 47, as translated by Radhakrishnan)

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