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ēKarma Yoga focuses on adherence to duty (dharma) while remaining detached from reward. Karma means to do, action, including those acts done by individual from birth to death. "Karma Yoga is selfless devotion of all inner as well as outer activities as a Sacrifice to Lord of all works, offered to eternal as Master of all soulís energies and austerities," Bhagavad Gita says. Following practice of Karma yoga, an individual becomes true spiritual seeker and realizes his true nature as Atman and he lives in this world, works for this world and still stays untouched from grossness of mundane pleasures, thus doing immense good to society while on his path to salvation and spiritual freedom.
The Swami Sivananda Yoga Venanda Center sums up karma yoga into five actions:
Right Attitude Itís not what you do that counts, itís attitude while doing it that determines if a job is a karma yoga job, i.e. a liberating job, or a binding job.
Right Motive Same as attitude. It is not what you do that counts but your real motive behind it.
Do your duty. Give your best. Give results.
ēJnana Yoga. This is most difficult path, requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking philosophy of Vedanta Jnana Yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. We perceive space inside and outside a glass as different, just as we see ourselves as separate from God. Jnana Yoga leads devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking glass, dissolving veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana Yoga, aspirant needs to have integrated lessons of other yogic paths - for without selflessness and love of God, strength of body and mind, search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.
Jnana yoga teaches that there are four means to salvation:
Viveka - Discrimination: The ability to differentiate between what is real/eternal (Brahman) and what is unreal/temporary (everything else in universe.)
Vairagya - Dispassion: After practice one should be able to "detach" themself from everything that is "temporary."
Shad-sampat - The 6 Virtues: Tranquility (control of mind), Dama (control of senses), Uparati (renunciation of activities that are not duties), Titiksha (endurance), Shraddha (faith), Samadhana (perfect concentration).
Mumukshutva - Intense longing for liberation from temporal limitations.
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