30 Apr Practice Karm Yog in the 21st Century
Shree Krishna asked Arjun to practice Karm Yog. Karm Yog means to keep the mind engaged in God and continue performing your duties with the body. How can we practice Karm Yog in the 21st century? That is a million dollar question.
We too can become Karm Yogis like Arjun by understanding what Shree Krishna taught us. When Shree Krishna said, “Keep the mind in me”, what he meant was to keep the mind attached in him. All of us, even when we work keep our mind attached somewhere else. For example, you work in the office and you don’t like it, your mind is not attached to the work. Your mind is attached to the family or the money you earn out of your job. Somebody is attached to golf and he wonders, “When will it be evening, and I’ll get to play golf.”
All day long in the world, we work without attachment to our work because our mind is attached in other places. 95% of all our behavior in the world is done without attachment. Whether you are a marketing agent or a manager, you do acting all day long. This is also called etiquette. Even the CEO of a billion dollar company when offered a higher salary and better position in another company, moves out. He is not attached to his work.
Shree Krishna asks us to change the attachment of our mind. Don’t work with your mind attached to your husband, wife, children, worldly pleasures or material success. Don’t attach your mind anywhere in the world. Keep your mind attached to the Lord and keep doing your work.
The work will go on like before only our attachment will change. Such attachment in God will also bring equanimity in success and failure and the ability to perform our work without attachment to results. Just like a nurse takes care of a patient with love, care and complete attention. But there is no attachment. She looks upon it as her duty and leaves the rest to God. Similarly, we have to learn to practice Karm Yog in the 21st century.