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What Does Nishkamya Mean?

Nishkamya is one of two forms of bhakti, or devotion to God. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, nish, meaning “without,” and kamya, meaning “wish.” It, therefore, means “not seeking any favor,” describing a selfless level of devotion that desires nothing in return. Nishkamya bhakti is the highest form of love for God.


Yogapedia Explains Nishkamya

The other form of bhakti is kamya, which is devotion with the intent to achieve some type of personal gain. It is considered a lower form of bhaki than nishkamya. As the yogi develops on his/her spiritual path, his/her bhakti ideally evolves into nishkamya.

Nishkamya karma refers to the works performed without any motive or desire for a result or fear of consequence. It entails selfless service, or seva, without the expectation of thanks or reward. It is key to the Karma yoga path to enlightenment and liberation.

The yogi who practices nishkamya karma is freed from the three karmas of prarbdha (present actions), sanchita (all past actions) and agami (future actions that result from the present) because he/she acts without egoism. As a result, the yogi is freed through this detachment.

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