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A Yogi who works without any expectation is not tied to the world in spite of doing all kinds of actions.
April 7, 1988
Gurudev Shri Ramlal ji Siyag
Founder and Patron of AVSK, Jodhpur

A ‘Nishkaam Karm Yogi’ is not tied to the world in spite of doing all kinds of activities. Bhagwan Shri Krishna has clearly mentioned in the 18th chapter of the Bhagwat Geeta:

  • My devotees, though performing all kinds of actions, take full refuge in me. By my grace, they attain the eternal and imperishable abode. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:56)

  • Dedicate your every activity to me, making me your supreme goal. Taking shelter of the Yog of the intellect (buddhiyog), keep your consciousness absorbed in me always. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:57)

  • If you remember me always, by my grace you will overcome all obstacles and difficulties. But if, due to false ego, you do not listen to my advice, you will perish. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:58)

  • If, motivated by pride, you think, “I shall not fight,” your decision will be in vain. Your own material (Kshatriya) nature will compel you to fight. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:59)

  • O Arjun, that action which out of delusion you do not wish to do, you will be driven to do it by your own inclination, born of your own material nature. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:60)

  • The Supreme Lord dwells in the hearts of all living beings, O Arjun! According to their karmas, he directs the wanderings of the souls, who are seated on a machine made of the material energy. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:61)

  • O Bharat! Surrender exclusively unto him with your whole being. By his grace, you will attain transcendental peace and the eternal abode. (Bhagavad Geeta 18:62)

  • In the above verses, Bhagwan has made it very clear that God seated within the body of all beings that is like an instrument, drives everyone according to HIS will, by putting them under delusion. In spite of this, due to the illusory energy of God (Maya), a being considers himself to be the doer and gets caught in the cycle of birth and death and suffers.

  • Due to the effect of the illusory energy of God, no one in the world is satisfied by his condition. Man constantly tries to earn a lot more by the cleverness of his intellect. Despite the efforts of a lifetime, a person is never satisfied and even at the last moment, his mind is attracted towards worldly matters. In this way, all beings are suffering by being constantly caught in the cycle of birth and death.

  • As the illusory power of God (Maya) has become very strong in this age, there is complete darkness in the world. Unless the ‘Sattvic’ consciousness does not arise in the being, his sense of doer-ship cannot end.

  • Until the being is not freed from the sense of doer-ship due to false ego, he cannot understand the concept of ‘Nishkaam Karm Yoga’ (work without any expectation)

    - Gurudev Shri Ramlalji Siyag

  • In such a condition, it is very difficult to get free from the illusory power of God (Maya). It is only the Hindu religion, where the sages have described the method to get free from it.

  • All the sages and saints have unanimously said the same thing that only a true spiritual master can show the way to become one with the Supreme Power.

  • In this relation, Saint Kabir said:

  • The path to the Supreme Abode is disclosed by the Guru. When the seeker looks within, in constant remembrance of God, He can unite with God.

  • Meera Bai says:

  • If Guru and God both are in front of me, I shall first touch the holy feet of my Guru as it is due to His grace that I found God.

  • In this relation, Swami Vivekanand Ji said that it is impossible to succeed in the spiritual world without a Guru but it is difficult to find a true Guru in this age.