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लोकसंग्रहमेवापि सम्पश्यन्कर्तुमर्हसि || Shlok 20, Chapter 3, Bhagvat Geeta.

Lord Krishna had given an example of king Janaka for how to attain a perfection through karma-yoga. How King Janaka achieved perfection(Purnata) through karma-yoga?

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    @UdhavSarvaiya, Note that, Swami Gambhirananda, translate it as "liberation" and not "perfection" for the BG 3.20. BTW, you want to know how "King Janaka" in particular went through Karma Yoga Or how to achieve perfection through Karma Yoga, "in general".
    – iammilind
    May 25, 2018 at 6:54
  • I don't understand your question. Are you asking whether karma yoga leads to salvation ? Krishna says it does.
    – ram
    May 28, 2018 at 5:32
  • @ram He asks it how it does?? Probably how Janaka practiced can answer this question.
    – The Destroyer
    May 28, 2018 at 5:42
  • @TheDestroyer, is he asking how Janaka did Karma Yoga ? Krishna gives the instruction for what Karma Yoga is - 'do dharma and don't wait for its fruits'. Janaka just followed the instruction. It's pretty simple.
    – ram
    May 28, 2018 at 5:44

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The detail story of Janaka attaining perfection in karma yoga and then liberation is present in the earlier chapters of Upasama Kanda of Yoga Vasista.

Janaka, king of Videha, heard the songs of Siddhas in garden and then started vicharana based on the songs of the siddhas. He concluded as a part of vicharana that nishkama karma is a best way to perform karma and followed the same. As a consequence of that Janaka achieved liberation.

Just as the effulgent sun in the Ākāśa causes days, etc., to happen without any volition or desire on their part, so also Janaka contemplated upon performing, without any longing, all actions of his life which crop up spontaneously every day. So never for a moment ruminating upon the past or future, productive as they are of evil, he began at once to transact his present actions with a full heart. Only through the Ātmic enquiry created by the words of the Siddhas, did Janaka attain quiescence of mind and Ātma-jñāna.

[The Story Of King Janaka, Upaṣānti-prakaraṇa (chapter 5), Laghu-yoga-vasistha]

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