~Navigating through karma~
I have often talked about the importance of Sewa or service to heal our lives. For I have seen miracles happen when a soul dedicates itself to selfless service. We witness miracles of Divine Grace or Kripa as we know it better.
When we do Sewa or Service with complete detachment or with the feeling of non-doership it becomes Nishkaam karma.
Do as heart guides, dropping the desire for results or fruits is freedom in action, in karma.
It is difficult that is why we keep going round and round in cycle of life, death and suffering
When we get bored or tired we can chose to perform Desireless actions, only as guided by inner Krishna.
Then any war can be won.
Trick is to understand is how ego can trap us into sense of doership. The moment we feel it is Good karma it becomes our karma, golden chains as Guru Nanak puts it, as it keeps us in the karmic cycle; just to experience the consequences of good karma.
So do your dharma or duty from the heart and then forget about it. Move on to the next karma. Physical, emotional or choices of thought.
“नेकी कर कुए में डाल”
“Do a good deed and drop it.”
But first learn to distinguish between soul’s desire and that of your ego in the stillness and silence of your heart. This discretion or viveka helps us transcend the cycle, one choice at a time.
In short, first know your deep driving desires, true intentions behind every choice. Make it as soul aligned as possible. The rest will fall in place.
Reminds me of the famous verse:
“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As you desire, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad