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Free from attachment:  This is easier said than done. The Scriptures with one voice give the recipe how to be free from attachment. The human mind by nature cannot  obey the commandment of non-attachment. Therefore they say, attach yourself to God. The Tamil tirukuRaL puts this most succintly and beautifully:

paRRuga paRRaRRAn paRRinai appaRRaip-
parruga parru viDaRku
/
Acquire only the attachment to God who has no attachment Himself .
In order to  get rid of all attachments that attachment has to be acquired.

This is the religious facet of karma yoga. In the modern terminology of Psychology  this is called 'releasing from worldly ties by retying to Spirit'.  But this attitude would require a belief in God and things of the 'beyond'. Youth  may perhaps want a prop without the intervention of the idea of God. The mother as a deity of dedication is only one example of how karma yoga can be implemented even at the level of a teen-age student and even for the purpose of what appears to be a most self-centred action in which the good of the society does not enter the picture and wherein only the good of one's own self is the prime mover. The mystery of the yajna attitude is its conversion of even an act of selfishness into an act of dedication and detachment! So the student,  in tune with his attitude of dedication to his mother, should see to it that  attachment to his mother replaces his  perennial attachment to the results of his work. For a man in  (incidentally, not 'of ') the world, this means he is either attached to his God whom He serves or to his abstract God of Service -- which may be either  the society, the cause, or the organization he serves.  In all cases there is attachment no doubt but the attachment is never for an end which is self-centred. This is the yajna attitude. In the secular world this means one is stepping clear of bonds and physically moving away from problems so that even difficult problems of management or tricky personal problems get solved from a distance .
Free from egoism. Again the dedication takes care of this. Whether it is the Marketing Executive, the Administrative Manager, the student on the climb, or the man in the world, the dedication to either the cause, or the organization, or the mother, or God, is the proper antidote for curtailing the ego and in due time making it totally subservient to everything else. Once the ego is put in its place, the yajna attitude is on.
dhRti-utsAha-samanvitaH (accompanied by firm resolve and  deep fervour): Firm resolve and deep fervour are two  fundamental  qualities which not only the student but every other type of person we are talking about would need. The very fact

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