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If you have an interest in freedom, you have only to be rid of your karma – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2: 50

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Vs 50 

One who is firm in the understanding of Yoga, casts off here in this world both good and bad karma. So yoke yourself to Yoga. Yoga is skill in action.

Yoga is skill in action.
In this verse the word yoga refers specifically to Karma Yoga, the action-yoga of the last verse.

One who is firm in the understanding of Yoga.
When you understand action, you understand yoga
The magical language of Sanskrit gives us the necessary clues to reach this understanding: Yoga, which means ‘union’, implies action—something uniting with something else is an action. In the last verse we learned that this action is called Karma Yoga, ‘action union’, and that it will unite us with Truth, Absolute God.

Casts off here in this world both good and bad karma.
If we understand yoga, we can practice it and rid ourselves of our karma. 
We usually think of karma as ‘good’ and worth keeping if we like what it brings, and ‘bad’ if we don’t. But this verse suggests that both good and bad karma need casting off, so having any karma at all is not in our best interest.

After this life, it is our karma that throws us back into another body, and we pick up where we left off. This appeals to some, others not so much. If things have gone fairly well for you in this life, you may not be motivated to avoid having to come back and do it all over again. (But do you know what’s in your Pandora’s box?)  

When you truly understand what yoga is, you will understand action. When you understand action, you can use it to end your karma. The end of karma is the beginning of liberation (moksha), freedom from the bondage of rebirth.

The superior action of Karma Yoga ends karma and leads to freedom.

Karma Yoga is something of a double entendre. ‘Action’ is the meaning of both karma and yogaKarma derives from the root kri, ‘to do’, and yoga, derives from the root yuj, ‘to yoke together’. Both suggest action but point to different kinds of action.

Remember the previous verse where we learned about a superior kind of action that was called ‘yoga‘, and an and inferior kind of action that was called ‘ordinary’? Ordinary action brings about karma, whereas superior action does not, but ends karma. Hence the process is called Karma Yoga.

Karma – Action, root ‘to do’ = doing: ‘Inferior action’ requires the use of the will and accumulates karma.

Yoga – Action, root ‘coming together’ = uniting: ‘Superior action’ is natural and spontaneous and ends karma.

So yoke yourself to Yoga. The root of the word ‘yoke’ is the same root as ‘yoga‘, suggesting that we become united with uniting.

Yoga is skill in action. When we understand yoga, we understand that it is a skill. But we were told in previous verses that yoga is ‘indifference’. Indifference yields union. With repetition it becomes a skill.

Indifference + skill in action = Yoga.

Now that we understand this, as with any skill the next step is to develop it through practice. In my lineage, this is accomplished through a radical form of meditation in which ‘indifference’ is synonymous with ‘surrender’.

Surrendering ourselves to Absolute God, Absolute Truth, both indifference and the development of the skill of superior action take place automatically. We call this practice Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, or Surrender Meditation, a spontaneous experiential meditation in which the evolutionary force, kundalini, is activated naturally and safely, as the accumulation of karma diminishes and ultimately ends.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma


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Understanding Karma Yoga -Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2: 49

Skillful action requires both knowledge and practice. If you want to do something well, you need to know your subject…then you need to practice it to become skillful.  

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Indeed, ordinary action is by far inferior to Karma Yoga, Winner of Wealth, so seek refuge in Knowledge Yoga. Those whose motives are for the fruits of action, are to be pitied.

Alternate translation:
Action-yoga (Karma Yoga) is necessary to become a ‘winner of wealth’, but first one must have knowledge of what Karma Yoga is. What it isn’t, is self-motivated action. Those whose actions are motivated by the results of actions are unhappy and unfortunate.

This verse calls our attention to two types of action: ordinary action and Karma Yoga (action-yoga), known in other texts as the Highest Action. We learned in the last verse that Karma Yoga refers to action that takes place when one is “fully occupied with union”. We are to understand that this Action Yoga is superior to the ordinary garden variety action of every-day life, and further, that, once knowing it, we would feel compassion for those who are limited to the ‘inferior’ kind.

This verse recalls earlier verses on the Yoga of Knowledge where the teachings on action began. This was where we were enlightened as to the truth about ‘action’ and our true nature as divine, non-physical individuals whose natural state is one of non-doership. It is imperative that we at least know about this in order to understand the truth about action, for it is necessary to understand the truth about action to understand Yoga. 

We are all familiar with ‘ordinary action’. We are engaged in this kind of action all the time. But the Yoga of Action, Karma Yoga, is not common but superior. So we are being advised to ‘take refuge’ in the Yoga of Knowledge from earlier verses to properly understand and practice Karma Yoga, lest we be one of . . .

Those whose motives are for the fruits of action. Such persons, which surely make up nearly all of humanity, are to be pitied.

Clearly, acting for the purpose of getting desirable results is being frowned upon. But equally clearly, there is something of much greater value being suggested here, so it is worthy of our attention. Apparently the Yoga of Action is where we’ll find the gold (after all, Krishna does call Arjuna “Winner of Wealth”).

Once we understand the truth about action and find ourselves fully occupied in union as per the last verse, we will be congratulating ourselves on our good fortune and wanting to shout it from the roof-tops. But alas, as you have surely gathered by now, such understanding does not come readily, but requires a few things most people are going to be reluctant, if not completely unwilling, to accept, and are more likely to string us up by our toes than thank us. So we remain silent. Or enigmatic.

So if you have just joined us, and are interested in sleuthing out the gold, you will want to investigate this chapter up to this point, and continue on from here. Welcome to our little band of eager seekers!

Namaste (I bow to the Real You),
Durga Ma


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Abandonment of Attachments -Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2: 48

All action occurs in nature, but you are not nature. What you really are does nothing. Trick question: If what you are does nothing, how can you achieve your aims? 

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Having abandoned attachments, indifferent to success or failure, all your actions are performed absorbed in Yoga, Winner of Wealth. It is said that indifference is Yoga.

Yoga = Union

When through indifference to success or failure attachments are abandoned, you become absorbed in Yoga and all actions are Yoga. When absorbed in Yoga, actions that occur are not yours because you have no connection with anything but Yoga and are naturally indifferent.

Note the payoff here: Krishna (God) has called Arjuna (You) “Winner of Wealth”.

Abandonment of attachments and indifference to success or failure. Abandonment of attachments means you give up holding on to something. In this case, you are abandoning holding on to concerns about successful or failed outcomes—you give up holding on to something being the way you want it to be (success), and are not upset if it turns out the way you don’t want it to be (failure)—you are indifferent to the outcome. Attachment cannot survive in the presence of indifference.

Indifference = Yoga
Abandonment of attachments to outcomes
= surrendering yourself to God in meditation
= Yoga

By applying this principle to your everyday life, you will find that your endeavors are automatically more successful. When you truly and finally give up on something you want, it is free to come to you. When you apply it to your meditation, success is inevitable.

All your actions are performed absorbed in Yoga. ‘Absorbed in Yoga’ means ‘fully occupied with union’. This describes Surrender Meditation. Non-attachment and indifference to outcomes led us to this Yoga in the first place, and every action that occurs is now automatically performed freely and spontaneously due to being fully occupied with Yoga (union).

Indifference is Yoga.  In Surrender Meditation, you are indifferent: you are surrendered to the Divine. You are not trying to meditate a certain way, to make anything happen, to stop anything from happening, or to get any certain result, so your meditation is automatically successful whether it looks that way to you or not.

The only difficulty here is that we come into this practice with preconceived ideas. Preconceived ideas become expectations, and expectations become attachments—we want things to turn out a certain way because we think they should. But for surrender sadhana to work, we take what we get. To us, “indifference to success or failure” means that we do not have any investment in what our meditation experience will be like, whether our meditation will produce the results the we think it should, or not. We abandon ‘shoulds’.

Surrender Meditation is the excellent practice of giving up both attachments and motives, for a specific time period, in a proper and conducive setting, and the meditation is spontaneous. For those of us who practice this radical form of meditation, our meditation is our ‘lab’ where we discover for ourselves that we are not the cause of action, that this was the Truth all along, that what we really are does nothing and never did.

All action occurs in nature.
You are not nature.

Answer to the Trick Question: When you can give up attachments to outcomes, success will come. Things may not look quite how you thought they would, but they will be better than you expected. Indifference to success or failure is the key to reaching your aims and goals.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine You),
Durga Ma


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