The Garden of Good Deeds – The Story of Karma Yoga (Chap-3)

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A young girl named Maya lived in a peaceful town tucked between rolling hills and a sparkling river. Maya was renowned for her compassion, kindness, and devotion to nature. She had a magical talent that made flowers bloom and trees grow wherever she went.

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One day, Maya was sitting by the river and watching the water move gently. Her friend Raju came running up to her with a smile on his face. “Maya, there’s a big fair going on in the village square! There will be games, food, and fun stuff to do. Come on, let’s go!”

Maya smiled and said, “Oh, that sounds like a lot of fun, Raju! But I also think there’s something we can do to make a change in the village.”

Raju seemed puzzled. “So, Maya, what do you mean?”

“Well,” Maya began, “I’ve heard of something called ‘Karma Yoga.'” Doing good deeds without expecting anything in return is what it’s all about. I think we can use our special skills to help the village in a unique way.”

Raju asked, “How can we do that?”

Maya said, “Let’s make a beautiful garden where everyone can go to relax. We can put flowers and trees to make it a place of happiness and peace. We’ll spread joy and do good deeds for the village in this way.”

Raju’s eyes got big. “That sounds great, Maya! Let’s get to work on our art!”

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So, Maya and Raju set out on their journey to make a garden of good deeds. They got seeds, small plants, and tools and started planting and caring for the garden with love and care. Maya’s magical touch made the flowers bloom in bright colors, and the trees grew tall and strong.

As the days turned into weeks, the garden grew, and word got around the town. People came from near and far to enjoy the peaceful haven that Maya and Raju had made. Laughter smiles, and a sense of unity were everywhere in the garden.

One evening, Maya and Raju sat in the garden and watched families playing, friends chatting, and older people finding peace under the trees. Maya sighed happily and said, “Raju, it’s amazing how our small efforts have brought the village so much happiness. This is an example of Karma Yoga in action!”

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Raju nodded his head in agreement. “You are right, Maya. We didn’t do this for ourselves; we did it for the happiness of others. It feels great to make a difference.”

Just then, an old woman came over to them. She had tears in her eyes when she said, “Thank you, Maya and Raju. This garden has become a place of peace for me. I recently lost my husband, and sitting here surrounded by beauty and nature helps ease my pain.”

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Maya and Raju both smiled warmly at the woman. Maya said, “We’re glad the garden could bring you some peace. This is what Karma Yoga is all about—spreading love and goodwill.”

Over time, Maya and Raju’s garden came to represent kindness and compassion in the town. People started getting together to take care of the garden, and their sense of being part of a community grew. Maya and Raju kept up their efforts to do good deeds by offering different forms of assistance to the locals.

What did Krishna say in “Karma yoga”?

Krishna explained that Karma Yoga was like doing good things without expecting anything in return. It was about being kind and helpful to others, just like planting seeds of goodness in the world.

He told Arjun, “Doing things to help others makes our hearts happy. But we shouldn’t do good things just for rewards. We should do them because they are the right things to do.”

Krishna shared a story to help Arjun understand better:

“There were two paths in life,” Krishna said. “One was about learning and understanding things deeply, and the other was about doing actions, like helping, sharing, and being kind to everyone.”

He explained, “Doing actions with a good heart without expecting anything in return brings happiness. But if we just sit and don’t do anything, we won’t learn and grow.”

Krishna spoke about how everyone should do their duties, like helping their family, friends, and community. He said, “Doing our tasks well helps us and makes the world a better place.”

He told Arjun, “It’s not about not doing anything, but doing things for the right reasons. Even the smallest act of kindness, like sharing a smile or helping someone in need, is important.”

Krishna explained, “Sometimes, we might feel confused or upset, and that’s okay. But we should always try to do the right thing, even when we feel this way.”

He also talked about how desires, like wanting many things, could sometimes make us forget what’s important. “It’s like when we want something, it can make us forget what’s good for us,” Krishna said.

He advised Arjun, “To make good choices, we need to control our feelings and thoughts. By doing this, we can overcome desires that may not be good for us.”

Krishna said, “The mind, our feelings, and our thoughts are very powerful. But when we learn to control them, we become stronger and wiser.”

He told Arjun that understanding ourselves and doing good things without expecting rewards would bring happiness and peace.

Arjun listened carefully and learned that doing good things and controlling our desires were important to be happy and make the world a better place. From that day forward, Arjun tried his best to follow Krishna’s teachings and make his heart and the world around him a little brighter.

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