Whenever we are placed in a set of circumstances, we only have the freedom to make a decision and perform an action, but we do not enjoy the right to its results (2: 47). While God gives us fruits according to our own actions of the past, he expects us not to get involved in or attached to the results so that we can reach the spiritual plane where actions do not cause binding to the world anymore. Surrendering or leaving the outcome of our actions to God by not being attached to the outcome is termed as Karma Yoga.
Excerpted from Devotional Hinduism by M.S. Goel (2008), p. 9.