Except in the Absolute state, Consciousness, which is a characteristic of the Universal Being, functions very fractionally. In man, in the beginning stages of life, this fractional Consciousness is conditioned by all the sensory experiences of pain and pleasure. But it has the potential to develop to perfection and reach the Totality. The purpose
of man’s birth on earth is to develop his Consciousness to its own super-state and to identify Self with the Universal Being.
Man has three impurities within him. They are ego, imprints of sins and illusion. (Anava, Kanma and Maya respectively in Sanskrit). During the development of his Consciousness, he has to simultaneously dissipate these three impurities. Through realization of Self by means of inner travel, a psychic practice, he can get rid of ego by absorbing Self into the Supreme Being. By living a virtuous life and imprinting only good deeds, he can neutralize and avoid imprints of sins. When ego and sins are erased, wisdom will automatically shine forth. Illusion (Maya) is cleared.
Karma Yoga is an appropriate method of life which will cleanse one of impurities and enable man to reach the goal of self-realization. Every man must live with the physical body, materials and society.
Karma Yoga helps in three ways: (1) To better enjoy all sensual pleasures and derive full satisfaction; (2) To help others to enjoy material and spiritual life and (3) To postpone death and withstand aging until the goal of life is reached.
Karma Yoga is a complete system to fulfill all the needs of mankind. It guides a man with two valuable principles: Duty–consciousness and constant awareness of the cause–and–effect system, which is called the law of Nature. These principles penetrate and effectively cover all activities and fields of life. The chapters that follow will lead you to a clear understanding of how to implement these principles in daily life.