(SATHKARMA YOGA PRAKARANA)
THIS YOGA IS FOR THOSE WHO LIVE WITH FAMILY.
IN THIS CHAPTER AUTHOR EXPLAINS, ACTIONS
CARRIED OUT WITH SELFISH MOTIVE, EXPECTING
DESIRED RESULTS -- ie., KAMYA KARMA ANUSTANA.
THIS IS NOT GOOD TO ACHIEVE LIBERATION OR
TO MAKE PROGRESS IN SPIRITUALITY.
HOWEVER BY DOING GOOD DEEDS OF CHARITY &
OFFERING ALL ACTIONS AT THE FEET OF BRAHMAN
ALONG WITH AVERSION, DISPASSION TOWARDS
ENJOYMENTS OF THE WORLD IS SATHKARMA ANUSTANA
THIS SATHKARMA YOGA LEADS TO LIBERATION.
THIS YOGA IS VERY SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE LIVING
WITH FAMILY. AUTHOR EVEN GIVES TIME TABLE
FOR A DAY TO FOLLOW SATHKARMA YOGA.
COMMENTS ON OLD SHASTRA RITUALS LIKE
OBLATION TO FOREFATHERS etc. ARE THE OPINION
OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR AVADHUTHA
NISHCHALANANDA, WE HAVE ONLY TRANSLATED IT
FROM KANNADA TO ENGLISH. WE HAVE NO
INTENTION TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF PEOPLE
WHO FOLLOW OLD SHASTRA RITUALS WHICH IS
BEING CARRIED OUT GENERATIONS AFTER
RAMANA MAHARSHI ON KARMA
Work done with an attitude of offering to the Lord
and without any expectation helps in purification of
mind and thereby to realization of the Self.
Action can be done through the three instruments
of body, words and mind. The actions done with
the body is inferior to actions performed with words.
Actions performed with the words are inferior to
actions done with the mind. Action done with body
is Pooja or worship, action done with words are
japa or chanting, action done with mind is
meditation or contemplation.
Service of the world is the service of the eight-form
God(The Deity form of the Lord is said to appear in
eight varieties — stone, wood, metal, earth, paint,
sand, the mind or jewels), with the idea and
conviction that everything is God alone.
Meditation or contemplation is superior to both
praises and chanting in loud or low volume.
SATHKARMA YOGA -- FOR PEOPLE WITH FAMILY
born, telling parents Goddess will take birth as their son &
to give the book to the boy when he would be twelve
year old, who is destined to become an Avadhutha by name
Shanmukha told Parameshwara --
Shanmukha with folded hands told, Swami !,You explained
Parameshwara told Shanmuka--
My Baby !, For Yogis who have dispassion,aversion
First I shall tell you about doing actions with selfish motive,
1) Karma means it should be as per method told in vedas.
Previous births vasanas are called 'Sanchitha'
"Aputhrasya gathirnasti"(If you don't have a son,you don't
Everyone in Satkarma recites first,"Asmakam saha
People go to Thirtha Kshethras for the well being of their
Believing dead forefathers will actually come & partake
Even after doing many yagas Swarga(Heaven) has not
If the husband dies wife's head is shaved, what sin wife's
Saying animal sacrifice in yajna(fire sacrifice) has
People arrange to dig wells to provide water to poor people,
By taking bath in thirthas(holy water pond) intending to earn
My Child ! Just like rows of teeth, there are many actions
Then there comes a time in that kamya karma interested
actions to Brahman, thinking about Athma, Anathma he
will attain liberation.
How image of the face in mirror has no connection with
mirror,same way this Sathkarmi Yogi(yogi of good deeds)
becomes disinterested in family. For onlookers even
though he is seen as family man, actually he is like
reflection of sun in water, Molucca seed(Gajuga seed)
fallen in dry ash, how water does not stick to lotus leaf,
kumbara hula(a type of worm) in mud ie., not getting
influenced by surroundings of family environment.
This Sathkarmi Yogi, being inside family, not affected
by happiness or unhappiness of sexual lust etc., offering
all his actions at the feet of Brahman, he lives happily.
All Shruthis praise karmas(actions) as great. Among
karmas SATHKARMA is the greatest. This is also called
as Thapo Yajna meaning thapas offered to fire as oblation.
Kamya karmas(actions with desire) are explained in
shruthis only to unintelligent dullards & not for good
Paulasthya,Vishvamitra,Jamadagni,etc. sages taught
their disciples Sathkarma Yoga(yoga of good actions),
whole world is interested in karmas(actions) You
cannot leave karmas, karma is beginning less. Among
karmas Sathkarma is the greatest, to know Brahman,
this is the best path to follow. For those who follow
Nishkama Karma, Karmas will not create problem.
Kamya Karmi gets Heaven(Swarga),whereas
Nishkama Karmi gets liberated(Moksha).
Nishkama Karma is main measuring scale of shruthi.
This path has acceptance of all shastras. By this
Sathkarma Yoga even if liberation is not achieved in
this birth, you will achieve liberation positively in next
birth. This has no bandhana(entrapment),even if
bandhana is seen, it will not bring unhappiness & he
will merge in Athma. This Sathkarma Yogi without
getting interested in family, having aversion,dispassion,
dislike,disgust towards world & its ways,leading family
life,playing with lady of Moksha, he will travel on a
horse of real happiness at high speed.
This way being in family also, getting liberation is one path.
With detachment of every one, by high aversion &
dispassion following Raja Yoga getting liberation is
My Child ! I explained to you Sathkarma Yoga, you follow
the path which you like best.There are two paths called
ARUDHA & ARURUKSHU. This Sathkarma path is
that of ARURUKSHU.
This knowledge should not be told to bad, low level,
dullards,showyee people.This way Shankara who is
immersed in Happiness,explained path of Liberation to
people living with family, to help people of this world.
On hearing this, Shanmukha attained bliss & praying the
lotus feet of Shankara, sat in meditation.