[‘What makes a karma-yogi?’ and ‘Key of successful yoga’, these two upadesha of Shri Charan [Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati] he gave in Prayag are really abstracted to give a gist of talk of that day. In these are Veda karma upaasana, and according to the Gyana Kaand’s, a summary of Mimansa, cast a special light on Karma Yoga and exists for illuminating the path about gaining success at practices in the path of yoga.]
According to the Karma-Kaand of the Veda ‘Karmasu Kaushala’ – ‘Skill in actions’ are really said to be yoga. The sign of the end of Karma-Kaand is being free of any wish, that is to say, to perform action without the wish of ‘phalaasakti’, the fruit of the action; therefore ‘Karmasu Kaushala’ is really action free of desire. This is really ‘anaasakti’ (desirelessness) action and this is called ‘karma yoga’. Having been doing actions, this is really similar to becoming free from the bondage of actions, and the one who completely gets into this similar position is a ‘karma yogi’.
It is told that the formula of karma yoga is Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s saying;
yatkaroshhi yadashnaasi yajjuhoshhi dadaasi yat . yattapasyasi kaunteya tatkurushhva madarpaNam .. Gita 9:27 Whatever thou doest, whataever thou eatest, whatever thou offerest in sacrifice, whatever thou givest, whatever thou practisest as austerity, O Arjuna, do it as an offering to me.
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform—do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me. Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform—do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.