A wisdom gem from Druga (whose posts are
always very worth checking out) on the very
enjoyable Guruphiliac group:
1a. Re: Boomeritis Advaita /Kosmic Questions
Posted by: "Durga" durgaji108@...
Date: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:25 pm (PDT)
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Bruce Morgen <editor@...> wrote:
> > jodyrrr wrote:
>>> > >>But there's a different style of practice which is more
"scientific." That's to just practice without ideas of what you hope
or expect to get out of it, but rather with just complete openness to
perceiving whatever appears.
>>> > >>
>> > >
>> > >I think that's in the Gita: practice without any thought of
result. It's certainly a part of my lineage's tradition, doing it to
do it rather than for what you think it will do for you.
>> > >
> > The phrase I (over?)use
> > is "without attachment to
> > outcome."
There is a further way of looking at this,
which can be called 'having a karma yoga
attitude,' which is this:
Any action I undertake I do so with
a desired (or expected) objective
in mind. Such as I get a glass
of water. I intend and expect that
my thirst will be quenched.
I get up from my chair and walk across
the room and intend to get to the other side.
That's the result I expect from my action.
I take a ride in my car intending
to go from San Francisco to Berkeley,
and expect to arrive in Berkeley.
Alright, those are my intentions and expectations,
and those can be translated to apply to any action
which I undertake. Any action I undertake I do
so with an expected result in mind (or I wouldn't
do it in the first place).
What happens in the above illustrations? I take
a glass a water, and the glass slips from
my hand and breaks on the floor. My thirst is
not quenched. (Not only that I have to clear
up the broken glass, if I do not want to cut
I get up from my chair intending to walk across
the room, and the telephone rings mid-way, so
I go to answer it, intending to speak to the
caller, but that person hangs up before I get to the
phone. So not only have I not made it across
to the other side of the room, I also haven't
spoken to whoever telephoned.
I get in my car in San Francisco and get on the
highway, expecting to go over the Bay Bridge
and into Berkeley , and what happens?
The bridge is closed eastbound because they
are retrofitting it during Labor Day weekend,
(take heed!) So I have to go all the way
round through Marin. I want to get back to Berkeley,
that's the result I desire from my action. What happens?
I get stuck in traffic, (of course), which was not what
I wanted or intended as the result of my actions.
So what? What does all of this mean? What
is a karma yoga attitude? It is this. I do
an action fully expecting and intending to
receive a certain result, but the result is not
in my hands.
Whose hands is the result in? Who is the giver
of the result of an action? The whole. The creation.
And for some, the word used to describe that is 'God.'
So I just do my best as an individual, and that is my offering.
I do the action wishing to receive a desired result,
But whatever result I receive, I receive as `prasad.'
This attitude can relieve a lot of tension. It can also help
with many other psychological issues as well, (and in fact many
teachings would say it is what is really going). It
also puts you into dialogue and appreciation of the whole.
Never at any time are you as an individual separate
from the whole. So that is not self-realization, but
it is appreciation, and you can take this a lot farther,
all the way to understanding yourself as the self of
the whole. But prior to that understanding,
having karma yoga attitude is a good place to begin,
and it's where you will end up anyway.