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The Practice of Karma Yoga – Swami Sivananda Saraswati

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    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
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      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.
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