What is karma yoga?
A popular idea is that karma has to do with the good or the bad that you do in the world. Do good and good will come back to you. Do bad and incur bad karma.
However, in yoga philosophy, karma yoga refers to the yoga of “action,” without being attached to the fruits or personal consequences.
Doing one’s duty conscientiously, without expecting a reward, is more difficult that it may seem. Not all duties are pleasurable. As human beings, and especially with the influence of Western culture and capitalism, working for no reward can seem anathema.
Yet, karma yoga requires that whether we are washing the dishes, designing a building or treating the sick, whether we are a homemaker, lawyer or garbage collector, we perform our duties to the best of our abilities, without ego or expectation.
The practice of karma yoga leads naturally to a desire to extend this unselfish action toward others – to be of service to our community and to the world.
This conscientious, selfless service is also known as Seva.
In today’s chaotic world, with a constant barrage of negative news, we can easily feel overwhelmed and powerless.
The good news is that Seva does not require huge, world-changing action on our part. Small acts of selfless service are just as valuable. Switching off the light in a room that we are not using, sending an email to an old friend we have not spoken to in some time, donating our children’s baby clothes to an expectant mother are all valuable acts of Seva.
On this page you can find some suggestions that we all can use to incorporate Seva into our daily lives.
You will also find a list of charities that are doing important and valuable work. If you find one that speaks to you, please contribute in whatever way you can.
Be a Heart Energy Revolutionary and practice seva, selfless yoga, in your every day life.
Here are some examples of simple and effective ways to change and improve our communities.
1. Don’t waste water.
2. Invest in a glass water bottle and cut down on disposable plastic water bottles.
3. Conserve energy at home by switching off lights and unplugging electrical devices when not in use.
5. Cut down on plastic bags.
6. Buy organic.
7. Patronize stores and brands that give part of their proceeds to charity.
8. Don’t patronize stores and brands that support human rights abuses, illegal military occupations, exploitation of workers or exploitation of traditional lands and resources.
9. Buy clothes made from recycled materials.
10. Have your old phones and computers repaired and upgraded instead of constantly buying the new model. Your pocket book, and the environment, will thank you.
11. Cut down on meat. Going meatless even just one day a week will help to reduce the harm done to the planet because of rampant animal farming.
12. Donate time, money, old or unused items to a good cause.
1. Langkawi Charity Club
2. Stitching Young Refugees Cause
5. C.A.R.E. Osaka