Karma is sanskrit for action. The law of cause and effect pervades everything in the manifested, material world. How to live this life without attachment - how to do good without expecting anything in return? Everything goes around and comes back - again and again. We receive the effect of a cause, and the effect becomes cause in the next circle, coming back as the new effect. Vicious circle. This is where renunciation comes in, as the door out of the circle. Read it before, in 1970 - it helped me change my life.
Very engaging and intellectually stimulating. Helps build a mental model and shifts the paradigm as it relates to work attitude and reward motivations. It shows the way and encourages the reader to explore more through practice and experimentation. Does not provide any recipe or checklist if that is what one is interested in. Having the foundational knowledge of Bhagavadgita helps to better appreciate this book.
His books are such that they need to be read over and over again a few times before it all sinks in. Perhaps then I might give it a five, simply because for now I don't know any better. When I know and understand more, and can act on these things, then perhaps I would give it a five, although there is always the chance when I know more it would stay a three. Life is a mystery.
While this book is full of great knowledge and extremely well written, these teachings I realize are very difficult to follow. Although reading the book reaffirmed many ideals to live by, I still have missed the main point, that is why only 3 stars. The main point of Karma Yoga is do incessant and selfless work. But what is the work? I read the book and several chapters over again and do not understand what is meant by "work". I have and need a job and work incessantly at my job. It states not to work for any gains, such as money, but I need to pay my bills. So this "work" doesn't count? Maybe some one can give me a clearer answer.