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Discourses On Gita By Acharya Vinoba Bhave 
Introduction : The Yoga Of Despondency The Teaching In Brief 
The Yoga Of Action Vikarma - The Key To karma - Yoga
The Two Aspects Of Akarma Controlling The Mind
Prapatti Or Surrender To God Achieving The Goal
The Kingly Art Of Service To Humanity Contemplation Of The Divine Glory
The Vision Of The Cosmic Form Bhakti : Saguna And Nirguna
The Self And Non Self The Gunas : Building Up And Breaking Down
The Yoga Of Completeness A Supplement
Another Supplement Conclusion
Major Sections
Discourses On Gita
VIKARMA - THE KEY TO KARMA-YOGA
 
How Vikarma helps Karma

1. In the last Chapter we discussed yoga of the desireless action. If we give up our svadharma (one's own dharma) and take over another's dharma, it is quite impossible to attain the goal of desirelessness. It is the merchant's svadharma to sell wholesome and necessary goods. But when he gives up his svadharma and starts selling luxuries got from across the seven seas, the motive is mercenary. 

How then can that action be free from desire? Cherishing one's svadharma is therefore indispensable, if one is to free one's action from desire. But even the pursuit of svadharma can be full of desire. Let us take even the matter of non-violence (ahimsa). To the devotee of non-violence, violence is of course, unthinkable. But it is possible to be non-violent in externals, and yet in fact be filled with violence; for violence is a quality of the mind. It is not as if by abstaining from violent action outwardly, the mind becomes full of non-violence. 

Drawing the sword proclaims the attitude of violence; but it is not true that by dropping the sword a man becomes non-violent. The practice of svadharma is exactly like this. To be free of desire, it is essential to  keep clear of other's dharma. But this is only the first step towards freedom from desire. With this alone, we have not reached the goal.

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About Vikarma - The Key To karma - Yoga
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