A mumukshu carries out his/her duties of life like every other living being. However, he/she remains unaffected by the outcome. By developing dispassion and detachment, a mumukshu works his/her way toward Self-realization.
Mumukshus perform all classifications of nishkama karma, which refers to selfless actions. The five categories of nishkama karma are:
- Worship of God
- Worship of parents and forefathers
- Worship of scriptures and sages
- Worship of human beings
- Worship of all other living beings
A mumukshu reduces performing sakama karma, which refers to actions performed for one's personal gains. Though it is not considered a sin, a mumukshu is expected to reduce performing it. Finally, mumukshus avoid performing nishiddha karma, which refers to harming others physically and mentally.