Karma Yoga (book)

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Karma Yoga
Karma Yoga Swami Vivekananda front cover
Karma Yoga of Swami Vivekananda front cover
AuthorSwami Vivekananda
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Karma Yoga (The Yoga of action) is a book of lectures by Swami Vivekananda, as transcribed by Joseph Josiah Goodwin. It was published in February 1896 in New York City.[1][2] Swami Vivekananda delivered a number of lectures in his rented rooms at 228 W 39th Street in New York City from December 1895 to January 1896. In 1895 friends and supporters of Swami Vivekananda hired Goodwin, a professional stenographer, who transcribed some of the lectures which were later published as this book. Goodwin later became a follower of Vivekananda.[3]


The main topic of the book was Karma (work) and Karma Yoga. Swami Vivekananda discussed the concept of Karma in the Bhagavada Gita. Swami Vivekananda described Karma Yoga as a mental discipline that allows a person to carry out his/her duties as a service to the entire world, as a path to enlightenment.[4]


  • Karma in its Effect on Character
  • Each is great in his own place
  • The Secret of Work
  • What is Duty?
  • We help ourselves, not the world
  • Non-attachment is complete self-abnegation
  • Freedom
  • The Ideal of Karma-Yoga 3576464646


  1. ^ "Udbodhan publication". Udbodhan, Kolkata. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ Michelis, Elizabeth De (2005). A history of modern yoga : Patañjali and western esotericism (Repr. ed.). London [u.a.]: Continuum. p. 124. ISBN 0826487726.
  3. ^ "Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda". Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda". holybooks.com. Retrieved 21 April 2012.

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