Actions are good or bad not based on their external appearance but the intent with which they were performed.

Actions are good or bad not based on their external appearance but the intent with which it was performed.

Actions are good or bad not based on their external appearance but the intent with which it was performed. yachnayoga.wordpress.com

Every action has defects, just as fire is covered by smoke. When we walk on the earth, we unknowingly kill millions of tiny living entities. In our occupational duties, no matter how careful we are in the fulfillment of our duties, we still end up harming the environment and hurting others. Even if we eat a cup of yogurt, we still incur the sin of destroying the living entities that reside in it. Some religious sects try to reduce this involuntary killing by tying a cloth over their mouth. Even this does not fully eliminate the destruction of living entities in our breath.

When we perform our actions with the intention of fulfilling our self-interest, we are culpable for the sins we commit, knowingly or unknowingly. In accordance with the law of karma, we have to reap their karmic reactions. Good works can also be binding because they oblige the soul to go to the celestial abodes to enjoy their results. Thus, both bad and good karmas result in the continuity of the cycle of birth and death. However, the Bhagvad Gita gives a simple solution for destroying all karmic reactions of work which is the renunciation of selfishness when performing any action.

Resource: http://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/9/verse/28

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