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Meaning

Karma means action. A form of yoga based on the Bhagavadgita is known as Karma yoga, the “Yoga of action”. The Bhagavadgita shows a summary of the Karma yoga process and the essential doctrine of Karma yoga. Karma yoga
refers to the practice in which actions are used to achieve self-transformation and liberation by escaping form the consequences of their actions.

Karma yoga suggests the way to live in this world without getting your hand dirty with sinful actions.

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Duty

Karma yoga can be described as a way of acting, thinking and willing by which one orients oneself towards realization by acting in accordance with one’s duty (dharma) without consideration of personal self-centered
desires, likes or dislikes.  Karma yoga is meant primarily for the worldly people who are engaged in worldly actions for the sake of God and the order and regularity of the world without ignoring their spiritual need for
liberation.

Similarities

Karma yoga is very similar to the Zen practice of Soji or the Buddhist practice of doing daily chores to train the mind. Such practices involve doing whatever physical work that has been assigned to a monk such as
sweeping the floor or cleaning the utensils with mindfulness, concentration, and without expectations and distractions.

Karma yoga goes beyond simple daily chores and extends to the whole life. It is meant not only for spiritual aspirants but also for worldly people who work in the way of life and who have to deal with together challenges and gather
distractions as they are engaged in the act of living.

You can practice Karma yoga anywhere you are at: home, office, and school! The “Yoga of Action” will make yourself and others happy. Your small action may change the whole world in future!

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