Thursday, 20 August 2015

Doing God's work

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Eknathji says : It is the divine design that I should render service on His behalf. Madarthamapi karmani kurvan siddhimavapsyasi B.G.12.10. He desires the betterment of the world and I am being used just as a tool or a means to carry out His design. It would be nice to know what is to do karma for the sake of Isvara...

What does it mean to perform action for the sake of Isvara? Does Isvara need your Karma like a master needs the services of his servant? The master gives the orders, telling exactly what has to be done and the servant obliges in return for some payment. Both stand to gain from the transaction. Does the Lord also tell you to do specific things whereby he is going to accomplish something? Does he expect to benefit from your activity? If so, he is not Isvara. Doing something for the sake of Isvara cannot be for his benefit because Bhagavan by definition is Poorna, complete. He has all that one could wish for in absolute measure. So, it is not for his sake. Suppose you do it for your sake. Then it is not Karma Yoga. You become a Karmatha. Doing Karma for Isvara's sake is doing it as an expression of your devotion to Him. This is Isvarartha karma.