Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkeatesa Daily Readings - The Power of Karma Yoga

February 23, 2021

The Power of Karma Yoga

     Karma Yoga strikes a blow at the very root of all our problems. What are our problems? Lust, desire, craving, a desire for pleasure, profit or power. All living organisms are active, that is the law of nature, but man is driven by desire. This leads to suffering.

     Karma Yoga keeps action in and desire out. Desire disturbs the equilibrium of the mind; desireless-ness preserves it. A balanced state of mind is conducive to efficiency, skill and achievement. 

    This state of desireless-ness is impossible to grasp. But try to have just this one desire: desire to do your duty for duty's sake. Remember God all the time. Feel that you are worshiping the Lord who is seated in all beings.

     You will naturally be free from selfish desires and the profit motive. With the profit motive out of the way, people promote one another's welfare. This is Karma Yoga.

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