यदा हि नेन्द्रियार्थेषु न कर्मस्वनुषज्जते ।
सर्वसंकल्पसंन्यासी योगारूढस्तदोच्यते ॥६-४॥
Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that moment human beings understood crux of cosmic life, one started establishing gradual control over five senses and mind. By indulging in nishkama karma yoga (offering fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time) one remained detached from all actions, bondages of Moha (deep emotional attachment) that increased klesha (dross impurities within) instead of decreasing it.
One who was unattached became free of all desires and such a tyaagi (forsaker) eventually became a perfect Karma Yogi, one who wanted to reach God at the earliest. Just by suppressing desires one could never become a Karma Yogi. Path of karma yoga means burning dross impurities within our soul atman, the spirit within internally! Becoming a true seeker of spirituality truly was not that easy!
Lord Krishna through sermon of Bhagavad Gita makes it absolutely clear that only one who had the capability of total submission to God Almighty could travel spiritual path that directly led to God Almighty! Unless one established absolute control over five senses and mind… one could not become a perfect Karma Yogi! A karma Yogi was one who could negate karma to zero in totality! This became possible when we pursued actions in life with an unattached attitude.
To remove klesha from within (dross impurities inherent within a soul atman, the spirit within)… human beings needed establishing absolute control over their ego (Aham in Hinduism). Absence of ego (Aham) within a human being meant total submission to God Almighty in all respects! This was extremely difficult to accomplish, but not impossible! By practicing forgiveness and compassion at every stage of life human beings finally succeed in demolishing their ego forever.
As per Lord Krishna… only a Tyaagi (Forsaker) who had abandoned all attachments to physical manifest life was competent to travel path of nishkama karma yoga! Those indulging in religion (rituals) could not be called a Yogi. A true Karma Yogi was one who burnt klesha from within. It is only through path of contemplation, self enquiry… one could reduce klesha step-by-step every moment of life!
Suppose we had an inclination towards eating good food all the time. Now we can reduce our attraction towards good food only by contemplating that who requires the food! Are we eating food for sake of maintaining our body or are we living for sake of eating good food! It is only a matter of contemplation… nothing more! The moment we reached abstract truth that food was a necessity for the body… we reduced our inclination towards food!
With passage of time… our fondness towards food eventually decreases! For travelers of religious path (those indulging in rituals)… such attractions are difficult to compromise! Path of karma yoga truly can only be travelled by one possessing indomitable willpower exhibited by Swami Vivekananda… nothing less! How difficult path of nishkama karma yoga was can be gauged from the fact that in last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over, only Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana succeeded in completing spiritual journey… reaching stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi (stage of absolute nothingness) in their lifetime.
One who indulges in yogic exercises alone knew nothing about yoga! As detailed in Bhagavad Gita… yoga was the path to reach God Almighty in present life! Ever since a soul atman, the spirit within separated from its source (God Almighty himself)… it desires merging with the larger whole at the earliest. This effort of our soul atman, the consciousness within in merging with supreme soul atman (God Almighty himself) is termed yog… yoga in Hinduism!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 25, 2013
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