1st Step Path of Service
1st step karma yoga- Path of Action
The whole life is a process of performing actions. An action with love is service. It is an act of help or assistance. Performance of actions needs a disciplined approach and a proper attitude. There are two kinds of possible attitudes in the practice of actions, one with expectations of outcome and second with the outcome dedicated to God. When we perform these actions with no selfish attitude as a service to God without any expectation of results, it helps purify the mind. This system of rules discipline method of practice is called karma yoga.
Karma Yoga is a path of serving others selflessly. This is a path in which the practitioner devotes life into selfless action. Performing our duties and serving humanity without selfish motives purifies our heart and brings fulfillment. When we make service our sole purpose in life, it eliminates fear, focuses our mind and gives a true meaning to our life. This practice of karma yoga gradually shifts a person from the focus on wealth and pleasure to freedom and also helps increase the spiritual inclination a new great approach to life.
Once the inclination keeps increasing and the effects of good deeds get accumulated, a tributary conducive situation is created where you will be bestowed with a competent Master to guide you in the next step. It is the beauty of the Nature that you will receive whatever you want as long as you entitled. Master arouse the love and joy in us and service becomes the expression that inner joy. Karma yoga is closely yoked to Bhakti yoga which deemed as the second stepping stone for without love and devotion it would not be possible to serve others selflessly. Without love service is not possible and without love and service knowledge is impossible and without knowledge life becomes impossible. Thus Karma yoga becomes the first stepping stone towards self.
The word "Karma" simply means action. The action here includes both, the physical and mental. What ever we do, say and think of comes back to us in due course. Every action has three stages. One is the latent action (The desire to act), the seed of an action. Action, as we see, is the the seed that has sprouted, become a tree (Action itself), and the third is the impression of action, the tree again becomes another seed is an impression of action.
Hence Karma is the latent impression in the consciousness that propels you towards an action. And present actions, in turn create impressions in the mind, the consciousness, which propels you towards yet another action. So the impression of an action and its impact are collectively called as Karma. Yoga is the skill, to live in Karma, yet not to get affected by it.