intention motivation karma

Intention Motivation Karma

There is a great sufi poem about the topic, Intention Motivation  Karma Yoga.

All this time 
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

What happens 
With a love like that, 
It lights the whole sky

It does not matter what philosophy, what religion you follow. There is a common thread that operates in all of these books of truth. There is a Oneness that connects us to each other. Treat each other as you would want to be treated. This is the essence of the poem above. The Sun shines because it can. It shares its light because it is the natural part of its being to do so. Its intention is to share. Its motivation is being-ness; it can. The Karma Yoga: there is no self interest. The sun has never asked me to return anything to it, though it has graced me with its light , its heat and  so many derived benefits.

Can we imagine ourselves to be that way. The teachers at yoga by donation teach teach out of the same intention: to share. They are motivated to teach yoga because they can. The Karma results simply by doing and being happy to do so, with no other reason. Never questioning the environment in which they teach, trusting that it is available to them. They are in service to those who serve them and do their best to encourage and refrain from criticism. They serve a higher purpose. B.K. S. Iyengar stated it beautifully and succincly:

 “You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement”

Though Karm Yoga is one of the four paths to yoga. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action. It is the path chosen primarily by those of an outgoing nature. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward. By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God, you learn to sublimate the ego, move into your Spirit. In Karma yoga honesty is required to be sure your actions cause no harm to another. It needs to be fair to all.   In Buddhism  Karma is defined in line with the Hindu philosophy.

Sufi philosophy does not speak about ‘Karma’ but regarding Intention motivation Karma it  does speak about the motivation of Love to the Beloved, thus making all intention free of ego and therefore the acts are in line with the Hindu thinking of Karma. In Christianity Karma can be considered the “Golden Rule”. However we can free ourselves when following the mystical sect of Christianity, changing the future by inwardly correcting the past. (The most recent teaching  being ACIM)  .  Mysticla Christianity is about rising above the dogma of the church and living a more inward life.  This Intention, motivation Karma concept  is in line with the Kabbala, the mystical sect of Judaism which also leads one to a world of non-duality. These  also encourages an inward devotion. And the mystical sect of Hinduism, Yoga, does teach to turn our directions inward, as examplified by Iyengar’s quote.  That path can be found through Bhakti Yoga. ( Bhakti Yoga will be touched upon in May’s Sacred Self workshop). Hatha Yoga, the yoga of asana or poses is but a means to connect to this inner Life, inner source. It is not the only means of connection. But it is one method where many have been able to find the inner Self accessible and to slow down enough in life to be contemplative in moments of the day to question Intention, Motivation and Karma.

Change your mind. Stop and think of Iyengar’s quote. It bares repeating: 
“You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.

When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement”

Yoga offers a path to know yourself. Know your intention. Know what motivates you. If it is meaness, discard that initiating thought. If it is defensiveness, lay that down which recognizes attack. If it is fear, find the courage to see the other side.  If you have not turned around yet in the 21st century, then put down negative Karma. Reach, stretch , find courage to Live Here and Now, in Love and in Harmony.