Karma Yoga as preventive therapy

Mrinalini Rao
Clinical Psychologist
Acharya Ram Mohan
 Vedanta teacher


This paper presents the understanding of Karma Yoga as revealed in the Bhagavad Gita. Many misunderstandings and misrepresentations have resulted from well -intentioned but misguided efforts of writers in trying to reconcile the Eastern and Western concepts of the self and the world into a unified whole. This paper desists from any attempts to filter Indian psychology through partial and sometimes distorted lenses of modernistic, western concepts/paradigms. Karma Yoga has been loosely translated as 'Action without results'. The scope of this paper includes the presentation of the following ideas: Cultivating equanimity of mind with respect to results, living with purpose, prasada buddhi (Graceful acceptance of results) and recognition of the Lord as a way to achieving healthy psycho-spiritual growth.

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This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002