How does an average person work? He works with a sense of weight anddrudgery or he works with feverish intensity. Either will break him. If he works with indifference you cannot expect him to achieve anythingsignificant. Because his heart is not in it and his mind and his energiesare divided. If he works with nervous excitement, he will not last long.Sooner or later he will break down himself. The truly great do not differentiate between big tasks and little tasks. They want to do well what they do whatever may be the task. Men of vision, men of genius, never feel that any work is beneath them. Thereis nothing beneath us and nothing beyond us. That should be ourattitude. “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.” said WilliamBennett. By doing well small tasks whole heartedly, with concentrationand skillfulness, we evolve within ourselves a power which will enable usto perform greater tasks. Opportunities will come when we have provedour fitness.
is the predominant topic of the Bhagavad Gita, though thebook deals with other Yogas as well. Lord Krishna says in the Gita “Thyright is to work only, but never with its fruits; let not the fruits of actionbe thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction. (Gita, Ch. 2, Verse47). Every action, following the causal law, will surely produce its fruit; why long for it? ‘Wretched are they who work for results.’ If an action isdone without attachment to its fruit, evenness of mind is sure to follow.Action should be natural and spontaneous, prompted by the exigenciesof a situation.Swami Chinmayananda said beautifully, “In fact, the reward of anaction, when we understand it properly, is not anything different fromthe action itself. An action in the PRESENT, when conditioned by aFUTURE time, appears as the fruit of action. In fact, the action ends orfulfils itself as reaction or fruit in future.” Lord Krishna’s advice here is acall to man not to waste his present moment in useless dreams andfears, but to bring his best to the PRESENT and vitally live every momentbecause future shall take care of itself without fail.
Karma Yoga is not merely work.
Karma Yoga means to perform work tothe best of our ability and with awareness, without being overly attachedto the outcome or the results (or to the fruits, the term used in Yoga andin theBhagavad Gita. Ideally, moment to moment, work is an end initself, the sense of self-importance diminished and work is done more