Karmayoga is bound to bring about the deliverance of the practicant sooner or latter. Performing with the motive of self-interest for thousands of years, greatest of sacrifices and charities, and severe forms of askesis, vows and fasts and pilgrimages etc., cannot and will not bring about man's deliverance from the ocean of existence but very simple or ordinary works of livelihood like begging for alms, fighting, agriculture and commerce, artisanship, rendering of physical service etc., as enjoined by the scriptures, when done with equanimity and in the right spirit, can and will deliver a man in a moment from the bondage of the world. For in the matter of deliverance, cultivation of the right attitude is more important than action itself and has precedence over action. As its ultimate result, disinterestedness brings about deli verance from the world. It is neither lost till it has achieved this final end, nor does it yield any other fruit. In its ultimate result making the practicant fully disinterested, it brings about his salvation. –
A good country is where there is no exploitation of anyone. One sticks to his duty and this protects the rights of others. The fundamental basis of a good country or a peaceful world consists in no one being deprived of one's rights. But generally people hold if there are good houses, good roads, good parks, good hospitals, good schools only then that country is good. But it is not a good criteria to judge. As in a good household each person's rights are protected, elders protects the rights of children and vice-versa, husband those of the wife and wife those of the husband and so on. Similarly a good country is one where each individual loves to uphold the rights of another.
The duties of one is co-terminus with the rights of another. But to regard another's duty as one's rights results in whetting one's appetite for rights, which intensifies one's desire and provokes discontent and anger. On the other hand, for each to regard the other's rights as one's duties makes one dutybound and protects the rights of all. A man is independent in performing his duty. Right follows duty. But wonder is that everybody is clamouring for his rights. Nobody thinks of his own duty. If one does his duty that would inspire other to do his duty.
Karmayoga is such a noble principle which teaches us that we all have emanated from God. God pervades all creatures including human beings and we all are one. Our abilities and objects and energy may be different. This difference is beauty because it is complementary to one's needs which are to be supplied by others. Some people hold a country or world good if there is maximum equality. Equality, however, can never be in the forms or functions of all. Such equality would block the progress. Just as in the human organism the functions and capacities of the different organs are different, so in a country what is wanted is unity of purpose and mutual love in people in spite of differences of environment and function. The very basis of human relationships is a meeting of persons and interests which are complementary to each other. A good house would not consist in all rooms being alike-the kitchen, the bedroom, the drawing room etc. but it is one in which each is complementary to another set in proper place to meet the purpose of good comfortable living.
In a good country or world our rights would be met by the duties of others and the other's rights would be covered by our duties. Our rights would be safeguarded only when others are duty conscious and the rights of others would be safeguarded only when we are devoted to discharging our duty. We cannot compel others to do their duties but we ourselves can be devoted to our duty. We are quite independent in fulfilling our obligations in the protection of other's rights. Therefore to make others devoted to duty we ourselves should be devoted to our duty. Country is made of individuals. Without loving and peaceful duty bound individuals there can never be a peaceful country. Any legislation cannot do this. The principle of Karmayoga if installed in the hearts of individuals can bring out this evolution.
Gita Chapter V, Verse 7 states that a real Karmayogl is one whose self is identified with the self of all. He can only do real, selfless service. Thereby only, peace can prevail and exploitation can cease.
With the view that the idea of selfless and egoless service may sink in our hearts with God's Grace, we have decided to bringout annual issue of Kalyana-Kalpataru as Karmayoga Number. Articles explaining the discipline of Karmayoga by exalted souls have been included in this issue so that we may see the doctrine in different perspectives and imbibe the doctrine of selfless service. Non-attachment is the cardinal principle of Karmayoga. We hope that readers will be kind enough to go through these articles with a serene mind and attempt to put into practice the doctrine of Karmayoga in their lives. Even if a few readers are benefited, we would feel that our objective has been successful.
I pay my compliments to our contributors who have helped us in bringing out this issue by their valuable contributions. I thank the Editorial staff for dedication to their duty in bringing out the issue.
All happens with Divine Grace only. From conceptualization onwards whatever attempts we have made for bringing out this Issue is due to Divine Grace. God makes us only a tool in propagating His ideas amongst people at large.
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