योगः कर्मसु कौशलम् (yogaH karmasu kaushalam ; Means, Excellence in action is yoga)
Complete focus and dedication to action without any attachment to the ensuing results is the real key to living a fulfilling life as a true Karma Yogi.This is the core message which Lord Krishna has conveyed to Arjuna while explaining Karma Yoga in BhagvadGita
Like gravity, karma was always there in its fullest potency, even when people did not comprehend it. The early seers who brought through the Vedas were practitioners, mystics and divine oracles who put into practice the knowledge of karma. To them, Karma (from the root kri, “to do”) was a power by which they could influence the Gods, nature, weather, harvests and enemies through right intent and rites righteously performed. Thus by their actions they could determine their destiny.
Karma refers to (1) any act or deed; (2) the principle of cause and effect; (3) a consequence or karmaphala (“fruit of action”) or uttaraphala (“after effect”), which sooner or later returns upon the doer. What we sow, we shall reap in this or future lives. Selfish, hateful acts (papakarma or kukarma) will bring suffering. Benevolent actions (punyakarma or sukarma) will bring loving reactions. Karma is a neutral, self-perpetuating law of the inner cosmos, much as gravity is an impersonal law of the outer cosmos. In fact, it has been said that gravity is a small, external expression of the greater law of karma. The impelling, unseen power of one’s past actions is called adrishta.
The universal law of karma is also explained in the holy Bible which we know by the statement: “as ye sow, so also shall ye reap”. Lord Jesus Christ says: “Do unto others as you would them have done unto you.”
The principle of Karma is that for the good actions one performs one receives good reactions, and if one inflicts pain or violence on others, one will suffer equal violence either in this life or the next.
This is also confirmed in the Bible by the statement: “An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, life for a life“. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Or in other words, if a human being for example, unnecessary takes the life of an innocent animal he must suffer the result at some point in the future; namely he must give his own life for taking a life.
The law of karma states that everything which happens in our lives is nothing but the reaction of our past activities. Everything that we are today is the sum total result of all our activities performed up to this moment. If we wish our lives to be different in the future we have to change our activities in the present; and by doing so we change the direction of our lives.
Activities are, therefore, always the primary causes of the conditions or effects, experienced in our lives.
There is, in fact, no such thing as an accident. Everything that happens to us happens by the cause and effect and not by chance. For every effect in our lives there is a specific cause and if we do not like the effects that we are enjoying or suffering, then we have to analyse the causes and change our activities accordingly.