Karma Yoga is the consecration of all the actions and their outcomes to the Almighty. Known as the Yoga of action, Karma Yoga purifies the heart, for the reception of the Divine Light and attainment of the knowledge of one's own self. The ultimate aim of Karma Yoga is to provide selfless service to humanity, without any ego. People performing Karma Yoga serve the needy, without urging to bear fruit for all their actions. It is one of the most popular types of Yoga, which cannot be done without dedication, determination and altruism.
Karma takes the shape of Karma Yoga, when the practitioner acts as an
instrument in the hands of the Almighty, as a participant in the cosmic
activity of Nature and does the service without the expectation of
fruits. The person then believes that he/she is only the instrument and
that the Lord is working unselfishly, through him/her. He/she surrenders
all the actions and their fruits to the Lord. He/she attains the
knowledge of the Self. Ultimately, the person is released from the bonds
A person aspiring to follow the divine path of Karma Yoga doesn't have
to possess materialistic wealth. All the person needs is a peaceful
mind, body and a selfless attitude, to serve humanity. The person
following the path of Karma Yoga, known as Karma Yogi, should be free
from lust, greed, egoism and anger. His/her heart should be filled with
the thought of serving the poor and the helpless people, selflessly.
Even if the person has any traces of these 'doshas', he/she should try
to eliminate them immediately. In addition, he/she should not desire for
name, fame or money in return of the service.
A jealous person can never be a Karma Yogi. He/she should be humble,
free from meanness, miserliness, harshness, hatred and jealousy. He/she
should be a soft-spoken person and should never use any harsh words. The
person, who expects respect and honor from others, cannot serve people
selflessly. Moreover, a Karma Yogi should be fearless. He/she should be
amiable and social. He/she should never differentiate people in terms of
their caste, creed, color and gender. The Karma Yogi should have the
feeling of love, compassion and mercy and should have perfect
adaptability and tolerance.
Karma Yoga purifies the heart. It releases the Karma Yogi from the ties
of the kindred and indulges him/her into activities of selfless social
service. Bad qualities of egoism, jealously, superiority and hatred are
completely removed from the mind of the person, when he/she follows the
path of Karma Yoga. The person gets a broad outlook on life. He/she
attains the knowledge of the Self and realizes the concept of 'one in
all' and 'all in one'.