34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
This passage from the King James version of the New Testament speaks of Karma Yoga. It talks not just of helping others, but how the helping is actually worship of the Lord (Christ Consciousness). It also gives us some idea of who we are to help; the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger and prisoner.
The hungry, thirsty and naked are needy, and arouse a degree of sympathy even in the hard hearted; who may give a small token to relieve their own sense of guilt. The stranger and prisoner are less sympathetic to all but the most devoted, who will be able to see them as the Lord, or the One. This does not happen by accident or chance.
This is where Bhakti, or devotion, and Jnana, or knowledge come into play. Only through Love and contemplation can one be able to see the Lord in the poor, the outcast and the troubled. Jnana brings understanding that the world is all One. Bhakti draws on the Lord's own "reserves" to give us strength to carry on in our work.
Jnana, while giving us the understanding of no-separation, will not give us the understanding of what is needed to actually help others. This is the
Without this worship, this Bhakti, this abandonment of our "selves", we will look for thanks, or praise, or the "good feeling" we get from helping others. My Barber has a little sign on his mirror that says: "Every day do something for someone who can never pay you back." This is it. Worship becomes helping. Helping becomes worship. Not for reward, or a better conscience, but to simply be Loving the Lord in the form of the needy, or even the despised.
Give Love without thought of reward, and you become Love; your True Nature!