Further Resources: Books, Video, Websites

Here, you will find a list of books and online resources, including podcasts and free e-books, to help you learn more about Karma Yoga from respected Yoga Masters and traditions.

BOOKS:
Practice of Karma Yoga by Swami Sivananda
In this book Sri Swami Sivananda brings light to the Practice of Karma Yoga, the Yoga of service. Its philosophy, reasons and importance are discussed are analyzed. Includes Karma Yoga related inspirational stories. Find a free PDF here (#34 in the list) courtesy of the Divine Life Society.

Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

The branches of Yoga that lead to the realization of God through action and devotion. Includes: The “Secret of Work,” “Karma and Its Effects on Character,” “Universal Love,” and “How to Cultivate Bhakti.”

Karma Yoga: The Yoga of Action by Swami Vivekananda

It is said in the practice of Vedanta that we have a right to work, but don’t have a right to the results of our actions. We have to work as hard as we can, give the work our best quality effort, then step back and let the results take care of themselves. Or in the practice of yoga, offer the results to God.Work purifies the soul. This concept is a bit different than many of us have been taught in the West, but the book offers an interesting approach that can save us from a lot of misery and bring us closer to God. In fact, you don’t even need to believe in God to practice this yoga

AUDIO:
“The Ideal of Karma Yoga” A free podcast by Swami Tyagananda of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Center of Boston. You can find hundreds of free podcasts by Swami Tyagananda on iTunes.

“Practice of Karma Yoga” A free podcast by Swami Tyagananda of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Center of Boston. You can find hundreds of free podcasts by Swami Tyagananda on iTunes.

“Karma Yoga Talks” by Swami Venkatesananda: A 2-part talk by one of Sri Swami Sivananda’s senior disciples and a brother monk of Sri Swami Satchidananda (Integral Yoga founder).

VIDEO: Watch these free videos online

“Letting Go of ‘I, Me, Mine’”
Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda answers a question about how to attain the goal of Yoga. He answers with one sentence: “Sacrifice your limited, finite self.” The path of Karma Yoga is the path of self-sacrifice in which we dedicate our actions and follow the ideals of selfless living. Sri Gurudev speaks at length about letting go of selfishness, of “I, me, mine” and by doing so, one gains enlightenment. From the DVD,  “Essential Teachings for Life,” also available for digital download.

“The Secret of Yoga”
In this short video clip, Sri Swami Satchidananda reveals the secret of how to achieve the goal of Yoga: living a selfless life which is the path of Karma Yoga.

From Karma to Karma Yoga (44 minutes)
Sri Swami Jyothirmayananda, a brother monk of Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda, speaks on the occasion of  Krishna Janmashtami (the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna) about transmuting karma. By turning karma into Karma Yoga, you begin to develop aspiration for Self-realization and rise above the relativity of karma. Divine intervention happens miraculously when you move beyond dharma, artha and kama, towards liberation. Stories from the Mahabharata serve as examples of Divine intervention and Grace.

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