A person who practices karma yoga devotes every step and every breath to God, and always, whatever he does, he will never forget about Him. This way, gradually the entire person’s life becomes karma yoga – ongoing spiritual practice.
The person’s goal of life is to know himself, to become aware of what he really is, where he came from and what the purpose of his life is. And if the person gives enough thought about it, the day arrives when he receives answers to his questions. For example, does anything eternal exist in this world? Does all the inner person’s world really cease to exist with the death of his physical body – his feelings, thoughts, knowledge and life experiences?..
The material world does not possess anything that exists forever. Everything vanishes some day. Only God has existed, exists and He will. God is eternal and changeless. He lies inside each of us, and what exists in us, our souls – will live eternally. God is timeless and our bodies are temporary – they will exist just a period of time. Thus, only God is real Truth.
People have forgotten the essential – we all are God’s children and each of us is a tiny part of Him. And even out of those who do realize it, there are very few who are able to unite with Him. Yoga provides people with knowledge how to fulfill this union, not only know theoretically about it.
There are many books on this issue. Some of them write about someone’s individual experiences in reaching God, others retell what Shastras, Vedas and other sacred Hindu books narrated about union with God. Reading books is not really difficult, but applying what is written in practice is very hard. If a person has read many books, this does not really mean that he has adopted it in his life. This is applicable to any field of knowledge. Yet, we are talking about yoga knowledge now.
We choose friends, work and life partners rather by their inner properties (business, soul or other) than outside or physical. We are not aware of that often. For example, the wife says to her husband that she loves him. The husband says that he loves her. Parents tell their children they love them. And saying that, do people mean the physical body? No, they don’t. If we thought that a person loves just a physical body, then why with the death of the beloved, when the soul leaves the body, the latter becomes unwanted?
We love another person, his inner qualities. However, when the body is gone, we lose the chance to interact directly. The physical body enables a person, namely his soul to manifest himself, his traits. The person thinks, speaks, listens, looks and acts. Interactions with other people take place also with the assistance of the body. Actions – thoughts, words and acts are performed by the body, but the force to do this is generated by the soul, and the quality of actions is subject to the inner properties of the person.
While we have a body, we have to do all what is necessary in life, but also we have to recall its major purpose: just with the help of a physical body the person may experience God and unite with Him. In the subtle worlds, the soul does not have such an opportunity. There is no body, which means there is no chance to perform actions, thus – grow spiritually.