Swami Vivekananda’s Karma Yoga – Br. Shankara

Sunday, June 2, 2013

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Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda
“We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

You will say, ‘What is the use of learning how to work? Everyone works in some way or other in this world.’ But there is such a thing as frittering away our energies. With regard to Karma-Yoga, the Gita says that it is doing work with cleverness and as a science; by knowing how to work, one can obtain the greatest results.

You must remember that all work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. The power is inside every man, so is knowing; the different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up…”
— from Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

These ideas are the topic of Br. Shankara’s talk.