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|Mere physical control
of the organs of action (Karma Indriyas such as speech, hands, feet, genitals
and anus) will not do. You must not think of the objects of the senses.
If you observe fasting during Ekadasi days to propitiate Lord Hari, and
if your mind constantly thinks of various kinds of delicious food, you will
not get the benefits of fasting. You will be regarded as a self-deluded
man or hypocrite, i.e., a man of sinful conduct (Mithyachara). That is the
reason why Lord Krishna says in the Gita:
Indriyarthan vimudhatma mithyacharah sa uchyate.
"Who sitteth, controlling the organs of action, but dwelling in his mind on the objects of the senses, that bewildered man is called a hypocrite."
The actions of the mind are the real actions. Thought is the real action. You must utilise the energy that is conserved by the control of organs for higher purposes at the altar of God. This will constitute Yoga. That man who constantly dwells on sexual thoughts is highly immoral even though he observes physical Brahmacharya by controlling the body. He is the worst man. It is the thought that sways the body.
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna:
Then the Lord praises action and further adds that one cannot keep up even his health if he remains inactive. So He says:
It is also wrong to think that actions lead to bondage, and that they should not, therefore be performed. Karma Yoga is performance of action with Sankhya understanding or poised reason that is not affected by loss or gain, success or failure. Lord Krishna gives valuable direction to Arjuna in the performance of action. He says:
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