The Bhagavad Gita on the Practice of Karma Yoga


Lord Krishna teaches the practice of Karma Yoga in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Bhagavad Gita. Three verses capture the essence of Krishna's teaching on bondage, liberation from it and practice of karma yoga. Bondage: The goal of the practice is to 'cast away bondage to action' (Ch 2 v 39). Through desires we become bound to our actions to experience the attractive qualities found in objects of the senses (say, a spiffy new sports car). Liberation: The essence of liberation from bondage is renunciation of selfish desires. When we selflessly serve others' desires we innocently renounce our own (Ch 2 v 45). No desire, no action, no 'bondage to action.' Practice: The key to effortlessly and effectively practicing Karma Yoga is to do our 'natural duty' to selflessly serve those we honor and love (Ch 3 v 8).​