||The practice of
Nishkamya Karma Yoga destroys sins and impurities of the mind and cleans
the mind. Knowledge of the Self, dawns in a pure mind. Knowledge of the
Self is the only direct means to freedom. As cooking is not possible without
fire so is emancipation not possible without knowledge of the Self. Karma
cannot destroy ignorance because they are not hostile to each other. But
knowledge certainly destroys ignorance as light destroys the thickest darkness.
The captain of a steamer who has a mariner's compass, who has knowledge
of the sea, the routes and the oceanic currents can sail smoothly. Otherwise
his steamer will drift helplessly and be wrecked by being dashed against
some icebergs or rocks. Likewise, a wise sailor in the ocean of this life,
who has a detailed knowledge of the laws of Karma and Nature can sail
smoothly and reach the goal of life positively. By understanding the laws
of Nature, you can mould or shape your character in any way you like.
"As a man thinketh so he becometh" is one of the great laws
of Nature. Think you are pure, pure you will become. Think you are noble,
noble you will become. Think you are a man, man you will become. Think
you are Brahman, Brahman you will become.