You are here:

Hindus/what is goal of karma yoga?

Advertisement


Question
QUESTION: sir, what is goal of karma yoga???
how self realization i.e higher knowledge can be obtained by karma yoga??

ANSWER: Hi,

The goal of Karma Yoga is mental maturity. Karma Yoga is a stepping stone for gaining higher knowledge. It is not possible to attain self-realization by merely doing Karma Yoga. When the mind matures, it automatically seeks knowledge. Consistent and systematic study of Vedanata under a live guru for a length of time alone will lead one to Self-Realization.

Thanks for asking this question. If you need more information on this please let me know.

Best wishes,
Raja Subramaniyan

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: sir, then how one can come to know if one have attained sufficient mental maturity to gain higher knowledge?
i.e. how a karma-yogi comes to know that he is ready for knowledge?

Answer
Hi,

It happens automatically. It is like a mother trying to feed her two year old baby. The baby will not eat if the stomach is full. It will be playful. The mother has to let the child play not force it to eat. How long the baby will play without eating? Until it feels hunger.

Similarly, a karma yogi will automatically feel that he has to study the scripture after attaining mental maturity. If he starts studying the scripture without the required mental maturity he will not understand the teaching.

This is exactly what had happened. Arjuna was not ready for gaining self-knowledge, so he went back to Karma Yoga.

Thanks for asking this question. And if you need more clarifications please do ask.

Best wishes,
Raja Subramaniyan

Hindus

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Raja Subramaniyan

Expertise

Explanation based on Vedanta / Gita which will answer any questions on life leading to Joyful Living

Experience

25 years of spiritual studies and written following text books. Gita for Joyful Living (http://www.scribd.com/doc/8146755/Gita-for-Joyful-Living-Part-II) Path to Joyful Living - I based on Jeeva Yatra ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313542/Jeeva-Yatra ) Path to Joyful Living - II based on Sadhana Panchakam( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313550/Sadana-Panchakam ) Joyful Living based on Panchadashi ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8194110/Panchadashi-1-of-15 ) Parama Ragasiyam (Tamil) based on Brahma Sutra ( http://brahmasutram.blogspot.com/)

Education/Credentials
B.Com, AICWAI

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.