Posted 24 September 2016 by Sal
In the ‘What about desire’ video you mention “Karma Yoga – You desire what you desire, but the outcome is out of your hands”. I see this and that I am not the Doer. We humans call this wanting - ‘desire’. Could we also call it a ‘natural’ progression of a life form to grow and survive?A flowering bud naturally directs its movement towards the sun to bloom fully. If the flower is covered over by an object away from the sun’s rays it will wither and not survive. Are we are not the same as flowers, animals and birds, but with a ‘Mind’ stuck on top? So maybe some people naturally bloom in a certain trade, job or art (they desire) for a while in certain surroundings or environments without too much interference of the mind’s beliefs. Some other people may not find a way to bloom and fulfill their desires. It’s not bad if they don’t. It’s just is. There really is no good luck or bad luck. It’s just is.
It's a good analogy. But I would say that the flower doesn't desire that, it just moves in a totally instinctual, thought-less way for survival. We humans have another aspect, which is conditioned thought. And we have a sense of lack or a sense that we are not complete, even if our survival is not in jeopardy at all. Most of our desires are not needed for survival, and some are even frivolous. Many of our desires are ego fulfilling ones, unlike the flower. Those desires are not invalid, they are what they are; they appear as they appear; we don't choose them. If one wants to make a fortune, that is just what they want. But the outcome is not guaranteed. If one is naturally drawn to a particular trade it is the same. Either way, Karma is true. Good luck and bad luck are personal view points. And often so-called bad luck can lead to something good, and vice versa.
In Indian Vedanta, Karma Yoga is one of the paths to enlightenment. The other two are Jnana and Bhakti. This work is about all three. In truth, Karma is the result of knowing your essential being is free and that you lack nothing and are already complete and whole. Therefore you are not fearfully concerned with future outcome and are not overly bothered when things that you desire don't materialize or you lose things you have gained. That is just how you are when you know you are free, and that you lack nothing and are complete already.