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Those paths, karmasanyas and karmayoga
Are seen by the less wise to be separate
Yet the wise ones see no difference
They both lead ultimately to the same abode
They both achieve the same goals
As long as they are truly established in the path //5:4//


Krishna in 5:2 says that there two supreme paths:

    1. Karma Sanyas:      Path of renunciation
    2. Karma yoga:        Living a normal life like you and I with focus on non-attachment.

And, now two verses later in 5:4, he says that there is actually no difference between these two paths.  What is Krishna trying to say here?

 

First in 5:2 he talks about the paths...and there are two main paths.  Here in this verse he talks about the end of the path.  Both paths lead to the same end.  The path is not like a rail road track.  It is more like a pyramid or peak of a mountain.

 

Another point to understand is that non-attachment is part of existence.  Krishna emphasizes non attachment because it is existential.  It is true nature of existence.  We are all interdependent; yet we are all independent and we are all non attached.  Interdependec brings us together and creates relationships, duties and responsibilities.  Interdepndence keeps non attached.

 

Whether we follow the path of karma yoga or the path of karma sanyas, we are all inter-dependent and inter-related yet we are all independent and we are all non attached.  Knowing this, practicing this, understanding this, living this .....we reach the same end.

 

We also need to understand that the keyword in either types is "non attachment."  No one becomes 'non attached' just by renouncing this world.  At the same time any one can become "non attached" even in the middle of the world.  Krishna is trying to explain this point here.  The end game is to comprehend and know this reality of "non attachment."  Once this is known thern there is no distinction between the two; you are neither attached to the world nor you are attached to God.  A person on either path  knows the same reality; both are just non attached and completely free.

 

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Thursday, 08 December 2011 02:34

Attachment, detachment and non-attachment

Karma Management:  Attachment, Detachment and Non-attachment

We have discussed definition of karma, karma sanyas (giving up of routine mundane actions) and sakam karma (desire driven actions).  The one other kind left to discuss is nishkam karma (action without any attachment).  It is important to understand attachment, detachment and non-attachment.

Attachment is an acquired phenomenon.  A child is not born with attachment.  We teach attachment to the child as we develop our attachment to the child as well.  The attachment is quite subtle and deep at the same time.  As the child grows, he or she becomes part of the parents’ and grandparents’ existence.

This happens all around us.  I used to play tennis.  I had a tennis friend circle.  Now I have become more of golf player and I now have a golf friend circle.  We sometimes go together to Bermuda for a golf vacation, mix together, eat together, play together and bond together.  This bonding is nothing but deepening our attachment to each other. 

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Saturday, 03 December 2011 01:42

Types of Karma (actions)

2nd December 2011

Gita jayanti month

Different types of karma yoga


Yesterday we talked about definition of karma....today we shall talk about different types of karma

 

There are two pathways for Karma

Karma sanyas or abandoning the mundane karma

Karmayoga or abandoning no karma

But stay non-attached to the karma

And of the two, karma yoga is superior

Merely because it is easier to follow //Bhagavad Gita:5:2//

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