Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-18.
THE IDEAL OF KARMA-YOGA
We have now seen what work is.
It is a part of natures foundation, and goes on always.
Those that believe in God understand this better, because they know that God is not such an incapable being as will need our help.
Although this universe will go on always, our goal is freedom, our goal is unselfishness; and according to Karma-Yoga, that goal is to be reached through work.
All ideas of making the world perfectly happy may be good as motive powers for fanatics; but we must know that fanaticism brings forth as much evil as good.
The Karma-Yogi asks why you require any motive to work other than the inborn love of freedom.
Be beyond the common worldly motives.
"To work you have the right, but not to the fruits thereof."
Man can train himself to know and to practice that, says the Karma-Yogi.
When the idea of doing good becomes a part of his very being, then he will not seek for any motive outside.
Let us do good because it is good to do good; he who does good work even in order to get to heaven binds himself down, says the Karma-Yogi.
Any work that is done with any the least selfish motive, instead of making us free, forges one more chain for our feet.
To be continued ...