Sharing with you a video discourse in Hindi. It was recorded last year. Here is a translated abstract for you.

5 Common questions people ask on Karma:

  • Most want to know what is right versus wrong for them, what kind of action should they do,
  • what is karma,
  • what is bad action,
  • what is forbidden type of action and
  • what is good karma?
What does Bhagavad Gita say on Karma?

The subject is action. Before I delve deeper, let us turn to Bhagavad Gita. Wisdom, doer, and action are of three types.  Action that is not inspired by jealousy or greed, the one that is done with non-attachment is the type that is going to give you peace and contentment. Often people do karma with attachment to attaining the fruits of such karma.

A common question is how is it possible to do anything with detachment?

It seems only natural that to enjoy the outcome of the action, are we prompted to perform such action in the first place. If I am hungry, it is only normal that to fulfill my hunger I am going to intake food. Eating food to pacify your hunger, that is okay.

Attachment is when you begin to specify the type and variety of food you believe you require to fulfill your need. That binds one.

Krishna instructs Arjuna on the Karma of three types.

  • First, that is sātvika, the one done in the mode of goodness,
  • Second, rājasī, performed in the mode of passion and
  • Third, tāmasī, the one done in the mode of ignorance.

With sātvika type, one gains liberation and inner peace, with rājasī, one gets pleasure and becomes attached, and with tāmasī, one experiences downfall of the body, mind, and soul.

This is the fundamental nature of the three modes of material nature. The first one liberates, the other ties and the third one causes the decline. You may also want to read about the law of karma.

Hare Krishna.
Swami