Gita Saar – Chapter 6
Lord Krishna continues on the theme of the yoga of action in chapter 6.
He further says that all beings are engaged in constant action. No-one can avoid action and remain alive. The only difference between Karma yoga-the yoga of action and ordinary worldly action is that in the case of the ordinary action, the being is tied to the action he does by his attachment and desire while those who do the required action while remaining in spirit with the supreme Father, they are the ones who are in state of Karma yoga. Such people are called karma yogis.
Lord Krishna further tells Arjuna that one should try to know that blessed state that is away from the sorrow filled world and that state is called Yoga which can be described as union with the divine. The mind of man is a potent force. It is strong, wayward and restless and it is determined to do as it pleases. In a nutshell, it is a fair statement that it is difficult to tame the mind. For those people, whose mind is not in their control, the attempt to do Yoga is a failure. For such people the advice is that to succeed in Yoga, they need to tame their mind first.
The person, who wants to actualize Yoga in his life, must live a life of balance. He must eat and drink in moderation, he must take actions as per dharma and he must sleep and wake up at the yogic prescribed times. By living like this, the person attempting to succeed in yoga will make quick progress.
A day has 24 hours which should be divided into various activities as follows.
2 hours are to be spent in eating and doing exercises for health.
8 hours are to be spent on doing work as per one’s profession
6 hours are to be spent in sleeping
8 hours are to be spent in prayer, meditation and recitation of the Lord’s name.
If this kind of routine is followed, then one’s journey towards the culmination of Yoga will happen quickly.
Lord Krishna further says in (gita saar) chapter 6 that the journey to liberation may look long and forbidding and a seeker may doubt his ability to complete the journey in their lifetime. But such people, Lord Krishna assures, need not fear failure since all sincere attempts made by man in their search for liberation, are never wasted. Those persons are specially protected in this life and even in the next. Even that person, whose yogic journey is not complete before he leaves his body, or who has for some reason has lost his way at the end of life, that noble person gets the benefit of the work he has done. He is given birth in a pious and wealthy family after he has spent time in the higher regions of heaven. On being born again, he is easily given back all the knowledge and insights he had gained in his earlier life. He doesn’t have to work too hard to gain that previously gained knowledge. The result is that such a person gets a head start and he quickly makes progress on the path to liberation in his new life and soon reaches his destination.