Karma yoga, (also known as Buddhi Yoga) or the “discipline of action” is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism.
Karma yoga basically consists of entirely selfless service, in which the Ego is given up to the desire to serve God in every thing, be it man, animal or plant.
This is the yoga of the Gila, as Lokamanya Tilak would have us believe. Karma in Sanskrit means action and this variety of yoga derives its name from the fact that even after attainment of the goal of yoga, i.e. jivanmukti, one does not renounce the various acts themselves. It is said that bondage is caused by the cravings and desires that are associated with an act, and that one can be free of the binding effect of any act if one does the act without associating himself with the consequences. It is not the acts themselves that bind an individual, but rather the attitude or intention involved. A Karma Yogi behaves with indifference which is the pr9duct of cessation of desire and an awareness of the real significance of happenings in the world. Karma
Yoga thus involves doing one’s duties without any reservation, and without the craving that one should get this or that benefit for his acts. This attitude is indeed very difficult to cultivate, for most of us have their mind usually swayed away by the imaginations of the pleasures that our acts may possibly give rise to. We thus always have an eye on the future improvement in our position. prestige, power and so on. We usually do various things in order to become more important in the society we ve in, we always happen to aspire and crave for achieving something that others cannot achieve, we always want to have something more and better than what our neighbours and friends have.
A Karma Yogi behaves in life with all such mental ctivity having been stopped completely. But his lack of attention on the goal does not make him dull or inefficient in whatever he may be engaged in. On the contrary, he devotes his full energies towards good action, because his energy is not dissipated by hankering after this or that pleasure. A Karma Yogi is a man of the happiest behavioral adjustment within himself, as well as with the surrounding world. He does not pursue pleasure but pleasure follows him in whatever he does.
Benefits of Karma Yoga
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.