Bhagavad Gita, Chapter verse 41:  In practicing Karma Yoga the intellect is resolved and one-pointed, but many-branched and endlessly diverse are the intellects of the irresolute.

The practice of karma yoga is charming, and its charm pulls us along dharma’s path (2.40). The practitioner of karma yoga naturally experiences the charming growth towards increased happiness borne of contentment experienced in selflessly serving the desires of others (2.45). Charm ensures progress by gently pointing intellect in the direction of evolution. ‘In practicing Karma Yoga the intellect is resolved and one-pointed.’

Non-practitioners of karma yoga operate without the benefit of charm pointing the way and encouraging action to serve other’s desires. Their minds slip into past and future and hang-up in fantasy-lands of illusion (call it Maya). Imagination, attractions, aversions, and attachments drag subtle qualities of intellect and ego out onto the anvil of ever-changing reality where they get a sound thrashing. Bound to their actions to find happiness and contentment in attachments, non-practitioners ride the turbulence of emotions. They lose sight of spiritual goals. Unresolved in intellect, doubtful and infirm of purpose they hop from one unfulfilling desire and action to the next. ‘Many-branched and endlessly diverse are the intellects of the irresolute’ stuck on the cycle of impression-desire-action (2.39).

Without feeling progress towards spiritual goals, non-practitioners lean on selfish actions to achieve material ones, hoping to achieve eternal contentment through satisfaction gained by material wellbeing alone (2.42). Big mistake!

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