The meaning of karmayoga can be understood through the Gita. Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna, tasmat sarveshu kaleshu . . . (Gita 8.7) “Remember Me every moment while performing your duty.” In other words, your mind should be constantly absorbed in loving remembrance of Shri Krishna, while performing other necessary duties. How should we practically follow this discipline of karmayoga? This appears to be a serious problem because seeing with the eyes, or hearing with the ears and so on, is not possible without the involvement of the mind. Everyone experiences that if the mind is absorbed elsewhere, the senses are incapable of performing actions. How then can anyone engage in any action requiring total concentration, such as war, without the involvement of the mind and intellect, and at the same time remember God at every moment?
yo man smarati . . .; teshan nityabhiyuktanam . . .; evan satatayukta te . . .; teshan satatayuktanam . . . (Gita) All these verses in the Gita insist that remembrance of God must be constant. Once the above question is resolved, the karmayoga of the Gita can be performed practically. Let us reflect on this.
There are two types of actions. First, there are those actions in which the mind and intellect are involved and second, there are those actions in which the mind and intellect are not only involved, but also attached. If the difference between these two types of actions could be understood, then the secret behind practical karmayoga would immediately become clear.
An extract from:
Prema Rasa Siddhanta – Philosophy of Divine Love (New Edition)
Chapter Thirteen – Karmayoga, the Practical Sadhana, p. 367-8
Originally written in Hindi by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj