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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 150-152

Karma yoga: A path towards work in positive psychology


1 Department of Psychiatry, SGRR IM & HS (Sri Mahant Indiresh Hospital), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Dr Hari Singh Gaur Central University, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Arun Kumar
SGRR IM and HS, Sri Mahant Indiresh Hospital, Patel Nagar, Dehradun - 248 001, Uttarakhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105511

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Karma yoga is the path that leads to salvation through action. Salvation is the ultimate state of consciousness. Work is the central and defining characteristic of life. It may have intrinsic value, instrumental value, or both. Instrumental value includes incentive, dignity and power, etc., which is the result expected from the work. The Gita teaches us to do work without thinking of result (work with intrinsic value). Attachment with the result leads to stress, competition and aggression. Stress further gives rise to heart ailments, depression and suicide. Positive psychology studies the factors and conditions leading to pleasurable and satisfying life. Understanding Karma yoga and its practice has a similar role that lead an individual towards work and leading to a satisfied life. This may play a unique role towards practical aspects of positive psychology to improve one's lifestyle and aid in the treatment of stress disorders.



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