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Who is Gregorian Bivolaru >>> Articles >>> Combining Karma Yoga with other forms of Yoga

The practice of the Karma Yoga system can be combined with the practice of other forms of yoga, especially Bhakti Yoga, Haha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Laya Yoga. This is one of the main themes of Kna‘s teachings exposed in Bhagavad Gita. On this subject I will give several quotes:

"Abandon and offer all your works to the Divine." "No matter what you do, do it detachedly as an offering to me. This way you will be free of the good or bad results which are making chains of the selfish action." "Do all your actions detached, driven only by your love for me." "The one who is at the root of all beings and who permeates the entire Universe - only by adoring Him through activity done with detachment, can a person easily obtain perfection".

For Sri Aurobindo, Karma Yoga is most efficient when "we abandon our own will and our selfish desires to the Divine will". (Practical Integral Yoga)

Sri Ramakrishna was telling those who came to consult him: "pray to God to send you His grace and the strength to accomplish your duties with detachment, without hoping for any inner or outer gratification and without fear of a punishment in this world or another". (Teachings of Ramakrishna).

Significantly, Kanna insists upon the important role of spiritual knowledge and intelligence (in other words Jana-Yoga) in the practice of Karma Yoga: "This is the intelligence about which you heard in Samkhya; listen now to what Yoga is teaching you: if you are in the state of Yoga through this intelligence, O Son of Pritha, you will eliminate forever the slavery of action". He goes on to say that Karma Yoga completes very well any other type of Yoga, among which are Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Haha Yoga, Laya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga.

For Sri Aurobindo "the activity done in a completely detached state of mind, as a form of spiritual training is a strong way in any form of Yoga". Swami Ramadas states: "Without Karma Yoga the practice of Jana-Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, Haha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Laya Yoga is only an extreme spiritual selfish glorification" (Letters).

The main goal in Karma Yoga
The efficiency of the Karma Yoga system
The Specific Technique in Karma Yoga
1. One can not be without action, even for a second
2. One should not make inaction one's goal
3. Certain actions are obligatory, therefore we cannot escape them
4. One should not desire the fruits (or consequences) of one's actions.
5. We should never be attached to action itself
6. One should never consider oneself the author of the action
7. Any action, regardless of its nature, done in this way, will not enchain its performer
8. Karma Yoga is the divine skill (wisdom and non-attachment) in actions
Karma Yoga and the sense of responsibility
The characteristic difficulty of the Karma Yoga System
• Combining Karma Yoga with other forms of Yoga
Complete freedom through Karma-Yoga
Offering help to others from the perspective of the Karma Yoga system


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