Regarding the Bhagavad Gita and Karma yoga,

Am I allowed to enjoy the work I do while following the path of Karma Yoga?

If yes then doesn't that go against indifference attitude I am supposed to maintain?

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    you're supposed to be indifferent to the results of work, not work. otherwise, you can do a shoddy haphazard work and still say that you did karma yoga, which is wrong. enjoying your work is actually the easiest way to do karma yoga. because you're enjoying the work, not its results. and easiest way to enjoy your work is to do the work of your varna, or the family occupation, because all your past vasanas and karma in previous births led to your current birth in a particular family best suited for your interests.
    – ram
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:29
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    So the indifference is towards the results and not the activity of work itself? I think I get it now.
    – curiousBro
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:35
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    yep. suppose you do hard work in company, but the company has loss this year, you still get your salary right ? like that. suppose a solider fights bravely and dies, but they lose the war, the soldier still gets gallantry award right? like that. because there are much bigger universal forces that determine the exact outcome of our actions. and those forces are someone else's job. not yours. it's like playing cricket, you hit a ball high, and then focus on whether the fielder is going to catch or not. that's not in your control. but hitting the ball low or high is.
    – ram
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:52
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    @curiousBro say for example someone in road is lying in an accident. What would your reaction be there? That time if you act out of compassion and love, its Karma Yoga. But if you act thinking of benefit of that work (thinking you would get a reward for helping a person) its no more than selfish nature. Now from this understand what is Karma Yoga! Sticking to basics of life, humanity is what Yoga teaches us. Forget about fancy words of detachment, attachments! Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:53
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    Karma Yoga is taking control of things which you can! Your actions. That which is not under your control, simply leave it! This is called Jnana - Wisdom for life! Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:54

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Yes. Gita says

18.26 That agent is said to be Sattvika who is free from attachment, who does not make much of himself, who is endued with steadiness and zeal and is untouched by success and failure.

The word 'Zeal' definitely means that a 'Sattvika' doer of works is allowed to enjoy the work while following the path of Karma-Yoga.

That does not go against the indifference attitude as ine has to be indifferent to the FRUITS of action and not to the action itself.

  • Very nice reference. I would like to make further comments that, often people think that material purpose/benefit is the only cause of zeal. This is a wrong assumption. For a counter-example, suppose you are meeting your mother after 2 years. After meeting your mother, you would like to do her seva $\textbf{with zeal}$. In this example, there is no material purpose or benefit, but you will still feel the zeal.
    – spkakkar
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 12:10
  • @spkakkar yes, joy is a mental penomenon and not necessarily related to material gain.
    – user17294
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 12:14

According to Bhakti Yoga, the purpose of your work is to please Krishna (or at least you should assume it).
For a devotee, pleasing Shri Krishna is thoroughly joyful.

All three yogas (Bhakti, Karma, Gyaan) are conceptually isomorphic.

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