Karma Yoga, the science of action

Question and answer. Summary of a more elaborate answer.


Karma (action) is a fundamental part of our existence and Karma yoga is a branch of Bhakti Yoga. 

The spiritual soul is active by nature, it cannot stop doing something even for a moment.
na hi kaścit kṣaṇam api
jātu tiṣṭhaty akarma-kṛt
kāryate hy avaśaḥ karma
sarvaḥ prakṛti-jair guṇaiḥ
“Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment. “
(Bhagavad-gita 3.5)
Even in sleep the jiva thinks, remembers, elaborates.

The natural law imposes reactions for the actions done. And so we at the present are the result of what we have done in the past.
It is futile to complain for something you don’t have: simply you don’t deserve to have it. You have to learn the science of deserving something and eventually you’ll get it.


For this reason, Guru (spiritual masters), Shastra (the revealed Scriptures) and Sadhu (learned scholars) spare no effort to make us understand how we should act. A good part of the Vedas is dedicated to action.


There are various types of actions and consequent reactions.
akama sarva kama va
moksa kama udaradhih
tivrena bhakti yogena
yajeta paramam purusam
“A person who has broader intelligence, whether he is full of material desire, without any material desire or desiring liberation
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.10)
We’ll elaborate more about “akama sarva kama va moksa kama”.


Those who have the strong desire (sraddha) to elevate themselves pay close attention to the type of their actions. Through knowledge and practical application they can experience material pleasures and ultimately rise up to the world of Krishna.


  • Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)



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