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mind. VAsanAs, imprinted in the mind for ages, can be eradicated only by desireless action.Give all you can but never ask for the fruit.
The attitude of doing one's duty for its own sake is the heritage of Hindu culture, handed down from generation to generation. Even those Hindus who are not educated or scholarly, even those who come from very deprived environments, understand this concept. The rationale of all this lies in the fact that even an apparently imperfect or faulty action does not contaminate one when it is done without any desire or selfishness. No action, for that matter, is perfect. Imperfections will always be there in any action. But the imperfect element will not affect the doer if he is totally unselfish. We have already cited the example of a judge sentencing a criminal to death. Another dramatic example is that of a three-month old infant kicking its mother. Does it leave any vAsanA of sin in the doer? On the other hand, if the same child grows into an adult of 20 and now, in ungrateful anger, kicks his mother, there is a difference. The action is the same, but the attitude is different. The one taints the mind and the other does not. This is what our scriptures mean when they say that actions done without selfishness or desire will not bind you. such actions are the summum bonum of karma yoga. To one who believes in the scriptures, gods and the myths associated with them, dedication of all actions to God would come naturally. For instead of arguing about what is detchment, what is non-action and action and so on, all he does is to simply think of God as the director of all his thoughts and deeds and dedicate them to Him. then the alchemy which we have mentioned earlier takes over and the several imperfections that are bound to have been there in the beginning will all disappear in due time and karma yoga will then become a second nature. And then, and only then, will every action performed by him be a yajna.
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