THE PRACTICE OF KARMA YOGA
Swami Sivananda Saraswati
The practice of Karma Yoga does not demand that you should possess
enormous wealth. You can serve with your mind and body. If you find a
poor sick man lying on the road side, give him some water or milk to
drink. Cheer him up with sweet, encouraging words. Put him in a
carriage and take him to the nearest hospital. If you have no money
to pay for the carriage, carry the patient on your back and see that
he is admitted into the hospital. If you do service like this, your
heart will be purified. God is more pleased with such sort of service
for the poor helpless people than with the service done by rich
people with pomp and vanity....
A Karma Yogi should be absolutely free from lust, greed, anger and
egoism. Even if there are traces of these, he should try to remove
them. He should not expect any kind of fruits for his actions herein
and hereafter. He should not have any desire for name and fame,
approbation, thirst for applause, admiration and gratitude. He must
have a spotless character. He should try to possess this gradually.
He should be humble and free from hatred, jealousy, harshness, etc.
He should always speak sweet words....
By doing selfless service you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred,
jealousy, ideas of superiority and all the kindred negative qualities
will vanish. You will develop humility, pure love, sympathy,
tolerance and mercy. Sense of separateness will be annihilated.
Selfishness will be eradicated. You will get a broad and liberal
outlook on life. You will begin to feel oneness and unity. Eventually
you will obtain knowledge of the Self. You will realize One in all
and All in one.