The terms Karmayoga and Karmayogi has fascinated many since ages. In recent times, the Government of India has unveiled the National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (‘NPCSCB’) titled ‘Mission Karmayogi.’
Much before, Pujya Swamiji elucidated the spiritual context of Karmayoga.
Duty is that which must be done whether or not it is in agreement with my likes and dislikes. If the like and duty coincide, the action becomes spontaneous. If the like does not coincide with the duty, the action becomes deliberate – this is karmayoga with respect to action.
If I do what I fancy, regardless of whether it is proper or not, it is an impulsive action. An impulsive person is in the hands of likes and dislikes and therefore full of conflicts. A deliberate person, who does what should be done, releases the mind from likes and dislikes in course of time. The sense of duty grows upon the person such that the duties are performed as naturally as breathing and eating. The mind of such a person is a fit instrument to appreciate the teaching of Vedanta.
Action can never fail us; it only produces result. A given expectation may be said to have failed but I have not failed. That I have failed or the action has failed, is a wrong conclusion; only the expectation has been wrong. So nobody has failed.
It is only a matter of wrong judgement because man is not omniscient, and so he cannot know all the factors that shape the actions. No one can precisely predict the result. Everyone can make an error of judgment and do. One day or the other, everyone is likely to commit a mistake. But we should understand that we have the freedom or adhikära in karma alone and that whatever result comes, is in accordance with the laws governing the action.
–Excerpted from Day by Day