We are studying Karma Yoga this week in the Ram Dass Immersion Course. Karma Yoga is also known as the Path of Service or the Path of Action.
Why do we do the actions we take every day? For instance, do I walk from point A to B to simply walk between those points, or do I take each step as an act to awaken?
Each person I meet today, do I join with them in spirit or do I view them as other and separate from me?
When I drive to the Birth Center, am I driving or immersed in the act of freedom?
When I am sitting with one who is suffering, am I blinded by their suffering, serving someone who is suffering, or is my intention as one to awaken into the Light of Being that overseas all?
Remember, suffering is one of the Noble Truths of Buddhism, not just a truth but a Noble Truth. In that way, all suffering is Grace.
As in all things, we come to the brink of enlightenment by working on ourselves. In other words, as I work with others, I simultaneously work on myself to bring both of us closer to freedom.
In this way, letting go of the fruits of the action as well as letting go of outcome is the epitome of Karma Yoga.
I help in any given situation as an awakening to my true Self. In that way, I do the best I can do, without holding on to any preconceived notions.
“One does nothing and nothing is left undone."
That is the way we do our actions in remembrance of God. OM