The World of the Mind - Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions

Josef Fric

The World of the Mind


The book The World of the Mind
• Dedication
• Introduction
• The Fundamental Mistakes in One's Perception of the World
• Three Types of People According to Their State of Mind
• Ego - the Constructed Idea of the Mind "I Am a Body"
• The Main Sources of the Ego
• Is There a God in This View of the World?
• Dreams
• Miracles
• Happiness
• Love
• Is My Life Directed by Fate or My Own Will?
• Doubts
• Path to the Freedom
• Yoga
• Dhyana-yoga - The Path of Meditation
• Jnana-yoga - The Path of Knowledge
• Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions
• Bhakti-yoga - The Path of Devotion
• God's Grace - The Self-experience
• The Guru
• The Properties of a Seeker
• Summary
• Recommended Methods and Literature
• Self-enquiry
• The Age of Demon Kali
• In Conclusion
• Literature
The book Siva and Parvati
The book Strange Dream

• Sri Ramana Asramam
• Sri Brahmam
• Athithi Asram
• Gurujee Ojaswee Sharma
• Sri Nanna Garu
• Amma
• Mahatma Gandhi
• Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
• Yoga in daily life
• ISKCON - Hare Krishna
• Yatharth Gita
• Bhagavad Gita
• Volvox Globator
• Sri Ramana Asramam

Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions

"A person does not attain freedom from action by abstaining from action; nor does he attain fulfilment merely through renunciation. " Bhagavadgita 3.4.

     One can never set free oneself entirely from action, because the body will always need at least some food and a place to live. The message of karma-yoga teaches us to carry out all our duties, but not be attached to the results. Carry out all that you have to; but as you can never say exactly what it will bring, leave it up to God. Only then will you not suffer disappointment and liberate yourself from attachment to the material world, of which your body is one part.
     For a liberated being there is no reason to carry out an action, nor is there a reason not to carry it out. Obligations, however, have to be carried out. Not carrying out an obligation by an ignorant person is cowardly and it strengthens the ego; not carrying out an obligation by a liberated person gives a wrong example and confuses the minds of the ignorant. There is no reason not to have possessions or not to accept profits from activity. Always bear in mind, however, that everything in the world is temporary, and therefore give everything in to God in happiness before you lose it in pain. Nothing will change objectively, but you will be a lot happier and freer inside.
     What are obligations? Obligations include proper care for one's family, parents, children, care for one's own body. It is an obligation to do one's profession well, which sustains one and is useful to others. Charity and seeking wisdom are obligations, too. Carry them all out as well as you can. Do not expect anything from the surrounding world. This is the only way to prevent disappointment. Believe in God and seek the fulfilment of your life in Him together with the path of devotion.

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