Karma Yoga as preventive therapy

Mrinalini Rao
Clinical Psychologist
&
Acharya Ram Mohan
 Vedanta teacher

 

This paper presents the understanding of Karma Yoga as revealed in the Bhagavad Gita. Many misunderstandings and misrepresentations have resulted from well -intentioned but misguided efforts of writers in trying to reconcile the Eastern and Western concepts of the self and the world into a unified whole. This paper desists from any attempts to filter Indian psychology through partial and sometimes distorted lenses of modernistic, western concepts/paradigms. Karma Yoga has been loosely translated as 'Action without results'. The scope of this paper includes the presentation of the following ideas: Cultivating equanimity of mind with respect to results, living with purpose, prasada buddhi (Graceful acceptance of results) and recognition of the Lord as a way to achieving healthy psycho-spiritual growth.

 Email the author: "Mrs. Mrinalini Rao" <mrinalini_rc@yahoo.com>

 


This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002