The key message of Krishna, when he advises Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, is this.
Act. You have choice but to act once you take birth. Act naturally. Act without expectations. Do what you have to do without worrying about the outcome.
Simple, profound and unbelievably difficult to practice.
That is why Krishna is god and Arjuna, like all of us, is mortal and fallible.
Krishna uses the word dharma in conjunction with karma often in the Bhagavad Gita. This is virtually the same as the dhamma that Buddha preached. Many scholars make a song and dance upon the nuances of this word. As an admirer of Tao, i equate dharma or dhamma with Tao.
Dhamma is our journey in life. It is the path defined by our prarabda karma, Past karma. It is the purpose for which the inner energy took another body mind to create you and i in this life time.
Simply put, i define dharma as the law of nature. Dharma is not a set of man-made commandments presented to us as god given. It is the same law that every other species on this universe follows.
How difficult can that be?
We create karma load when we operate out of the boundaries of dharma. If we follow the Tao way, the Gita solution and the Dhammapada journey, we would be acting in line with our prarabda karma. We will reduce the total karma load.
Enjoy the journey without worrying about the destination. If the journey is joyful, the destination will be right for you. Do what you do without worrying about the result. If you do the work right, the result will follow.
It may surprise some of you to know that the latest fad in management science known as Six Sigma has its roots in this concept of the Bhagavad Gita.
At long last Bhagavad Gita, Tao and Dhammapada have scientific sanction!