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Karma Yoga
Swami Vivekananda

There is a proverb in our ancient Hindu Wisdom, "Shall we teach the Architect of the Universe how to build ?" 

All the work you do is subjective, is done for your own benefit. God has not fallen into a ditch for you or me to help Him out by building a hospital or something of that sort. He allows you to work. He allows you to exercise your muscles in this great gymnasium, not in order to help Him but that you may help yourself. 

Do you think even an ant will die for want of your help? Most arrogant blasphemy! The world does not need you at all. The world goes on, you are like a drop in this ocean. A leaf does not move, the wind does not blow without Him. Blessed are we that we are given the privilege of working for Him, not of helping Him. Cut out this word "help" from your mind. 

You cannot help. You are here at His pleasure. You worship. He is all and in all. We are allowed to worship Him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non-attachment. This should be your duty. This is the proper attitude of work. This is the secret taught by Karma Yoga.


Karma Yoga
Swami Abhedananda

Karma Yoga. It is for the active man, for those who like to work and are always ready to do some thing for the help of others; in short, it is for the busy, every-day working man or woman. 

Karma Yoga teaches the secret of work, and tells us how we can turn our daily tasks into acts of worship, and thus reach perfection in this life through work and work alone. It is essentially practical and absolutely necessary for those who prefer an active career, for it will, teach them how to accomplish a maximum of labor with a minimum loss of energy. 

The larger part of mental energy of the majority of people in this country is needlessly wasted by the constant rush of their daily lives, which is merely the result of lack of self-control. Did they know the secret of work they would not only avoid this waste, which is the cause of the many nervous disorders to which they are at present subject, but actually lengthen their days. 

Karma Yoga reveals this secret, and opens the way to complete self-mastery.

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