i am trying to understand these passages and if you feel like reading and commenting your help will be appreciated.
“The chief feature of Karma Yoga is ‘non-attachment’. A man who follows the methods of Karma Yoga must practice non-attachment always, and in everything, whether to good or to evil, to pleasure or to pain. Non-attachment does not mean indifference. It is a certain kind of separation of self from what happens or from what a man is doing. It is not coldness, nor is it the desire to shut oneself off from life. It is the recognition and the constant realization that everything is done according to certain laws and that everything in the world has its own fate. From an ordinary point of view the following of the principles of Karma Yoga appears as fatalism. But it is not fatalism in the sense of the accepting of the exact and unalterable preordination of everything without the possibility of change whatever. On the contrary, Karma Yoga teaches how to change the karma- how to influence the karma. But from the point of view of Karma Yoga this influencing is an entirely inner process. Karma Yoga teaches that a man may change the people and events around him by changing his attitude towards them.
The idea of this is very clear. Every man from his birth is surrounded by a certain karma, by certain people and certain events. And in accordance with his nature, education, tastes and habits he adopts a certain definite attitude towards things, people and events. So long as his attitude remains unchanged, people, things and events also remain unchanged- that is, corresponding to his karma. If he is not satisfied with his karma, if he wants something new and unknown he must change his attitude towards what he has and then new events will come.” – Maurice Nicoll (pg 251-252)
thank you for any responses you have to make.
i appreciate you all sharing your true self here… i am practicing non-attachment to the answers… and it is good to see you Sunman… brothers and sisters… i am listening to this song while i contemplate your thoughts… so i will share it with you… xx
Phil Collins – Another Day in Paradise
i received a message from another user asking me to explain which part i did not understand… so here is my clarification. Karma Yoga is something that i am beginning to work on understanding… and i knew that if i posted this question with non-attachment… perhaps the concepts of non-attachment would become clearer to me. indeed, i find this to be the case. i have studied these words carefully, typed them out, and read your replies. i am still working on ‘groking’ the concepts… but i appreciate the ‘feed back’ that you have given to me. i sense that there is much truth to this idea of non-attachment to the outcome… (surrender). hope that makes sense.
perhaps you can help me to understand these words…?