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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Karma and its Effect on Character

Leave the fruits lonely. Way care for results: If you wish to help a man, never think what that man’s approach should be towards you. If you want to do a great or a good work, do not trouble to think what the result will be.

There arises a tricky question in this ideal of work. Intense activity is compulsory: we must always work. We cannot live a minute without work. What then becomes of rest? Here is one side of the life-struggle—work, in which we are whirled rapidly round. And here is the other, that of calm, retiring renunciation; everything is peaceful around, there is very little of noise and show, only nature with her animals and flowers and mountains. Neither of them is a perfect picture. A man used to isolation, if brought in contact with the surging whirlpool of the world, will be compressed by it: just as the fish that lives in the deep sea water, as soon as it is brought to the surface, breaks into pieces, deprived of the weight of water on it that had kept it together. C and a man who has been used to the turmoil and thrush of life live at ease if he comes to a quiet place? He suffers and conceivably may lose his mind. The ideal man is he who in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude finds the in tensest activity, and in the midst of the in tensest activity finds the peace and solitude of the desert. He has learnt the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself. He goes through the streets of a big city with all its traffic, and his mind is as calm as if he were in a cave where not a sound could reach him; and he is intensely working all the time. That is the ideal of Karma-Yoga; and if you have attained to that, you have really learn the secret of work.

But we have to begin from the commencement, to take up the works as they come to use and slowly make ourselves more magnanimous every day. We must do the works and find out the motive power that prompts us; and, almost without exception, in the first that our motives are always selfish; but gradually this selfishness will melt by doggedness, till at last will come the time when we shall be able to do really unselfish work, we may all hope that someday or other, as we fight back through the paths of life, there will come a time when we shall become perfectly unselfish; and the moment we attain to that, all powers will be concentrated, and the Knowledge which is ours will be manifest. ACCORDING to Sankhya philosophy, nature is composed of three forces called, in Sanskrit, Sativa, Rajas and Tames. These as discernible in the physical world are what we may call equilibrium, activity, and inertness. Tames is typified as darkness or inactivity; Tames is typified as darkness or inactivity; rajas is activity, expressed as attraction or repulsion; and sativa is the equilibrium of the two.  

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