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Friday, July 17, 2009

KARMA : What you need to know about Karma

I have always recommended AUTOBIOGRAPHY of a YOGI to everyone I met. Now, adding one more book (as easy to read as for 5th grade student.) to the list "What you need to know about Karma" by J.P. Waswani.

(1) The book details importance of omnipotent and omnipresent but "Subtle law of Karma". Everything happening to you is due to YOUR OWN deeds in past or this life.

(2) The examples given are so easy and relevant that it becomes a common sense. Some examples are from mythology and that explains how Lord Rama and Dasharatha and many more had to pay for their bad Karma: either the same or previous life.

(3) It also details the ways to create positive Karma: Good deeds,Passing good information,Doing everything that benefits someone,Charity of material / worldly things that come to you,Returning LOVE for EVERY Hatred & so on.FORGIVE AND FORGET is also equally important mantra.

(4) Actually, some Chinese culture used to have a TABLE of earning good karma/points. 10,000 points earned guaranteed a GREAT santati who would bring great name to family.

TYPES OF KARMA:
(1) Sanchit Karma: The massive unpaid / un accounted for karma accumulated for your thousands of births. This is continuous process.

(2) Kriyaman / Instant Karma: This doesn’t go to the Sanchit Karma. You do something and you get back something. Or you pay for something and get something in return etc. If one thing is missing then it would go to Sanchit karma (not paying a friend back after a udhari etc)

(3) Prarabdha Karma: At the time of the birth, a minor part of the Sanchit Karma is carved out for THIS BIRTH to work on. It is popularly called as the Destiny for this birth. You are supposed to have taken birth for this Prarabdha karma and DO NOT have access to the rest of the Sanchit Karma in this life. -- That is why sometimes Sad-GURUs are able to give you something to make your life a bit better to make you go thru the rest of the pending Prarabdha Karma. Probably, they are borrowing from our own Sanchit Karma!!?? (Not sure, just a thought)

(4) Despite limited to Prarabdha karma, we have a CHOICE: called as "Free Will" which should go hand in hand with Prarabdha Karma to pay off our bad deeds by suffering or good deeds. "Hand in Hand Example:: If you can’t have kids due to previous bad karma: Adopt someone or spend time/money for orphanages etc or pay thru sufferings w.r.t kids. Doing a pooja or a yadna or making some 100 Brahmans eat is not going to solve it. However, pooja, prayer & yadnayaag can certainly help cleanse the mind, the aura and the mind so that good karma can start with uncluttered mind. So that is the first step and not the last one. Free Will can't be taken as completely lateral choice of actions or running away from your karma. It is a "choice" not to indulge in A hits B,  B hits A back in an infinite loop. Free-Will is to be more matured and not carry the grudge when everything is done & dusted. It is NOT about running away from your "Dharma" (Duties) towards parents, sibling, spouse or kids -- but a willful choice to make their lives better by not getting entangled into complex and revengeful cyclic /recursive acts!

(5) IMP: Any other positive/negative bonds we create are added to Sanchit Karma -- This is a continuous process. So you can't take out from Sanchit Karma but are always adding +eve or -eve to Sanchit Karma.

(6) The best part your soul is ALWAYS aware of ALL your karma, part of which you can access thru deep meditation!! Interesting, isn't it? It is so logical, it has to be true!!! :) 

When this conscious or subconscious memory is lost or "Viveka" or Sat-Buddhi is lost and forgotten --- generations are wiped outs. As Al Pacino says in "Scent of a Woman" --  "Haven't you heard, the conscience is dead" --- when this happens some very bad things happen in the society. Krishna says, "yada yada hi dharamasya ...." which means he will manifest & take an avataar -- whenever there is complete apathy and absence of dharma". I tend to believe that this is coupled with Krishna saying that he is present in each human being. So Krishna has to manifest thru humans alive! So maybe he might or might not come when there is total apathy, but he has left a part of his in all of us which reacts thru actions, what app of facebook posts or protests or marches etc when we see something bad. As long as we react to bad things around us, we are good! The day we withdraw and stop reacting -- we are practically inviting bigger calamities. The tsunami of unpaid karma and injustice manifests thru wars / World-Wars!

Regards,

~Milind

12 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Very simplifies way..Thnaks.

    Here by KARMA you mean good and bad both karma or just the bad karma(esp in sanchit karma)??

    Harsh

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  2. Mr. Hirabhai Thakkar from Gujarat has written an excellent book on principle of Karma having beautiful examples and analogies.

    Book name is "Karmo Na Siddhant". It is available in various languages including english as well.

    Read the book at http://www.hirabhaithakkar.net/karma1.htm

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  3. Explorer:
    Thanks much -- I will certainly check it out.

    Regards,
    ~Milind

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  4. @explorer

    what an extraordinary book!..it sums it all

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  5. how are 'Kriyamani karma' and 'free will', different from each other?

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  7. Nice one Milind as always.. somewhere I read that our beloved ex-president Dr. APJ Kalam once said that "he always wonder what he can give or do to every person he meet, so that it will make them happy." If every one of us think in that way, then no need to worry about the balance sheet of Karma..it will definetly be on positive side.

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  8. I have a query......karma are paid back through someone, God appoints a person. For example a birthchart shows that native's son will not look after him. So if son is not taking care of his parents....does not it mean that he is doing what God wants from him....because God wants to punish the native for his bad karma in previous birth. If the son makes use of his free will n takes care of his parents, then how is God going to punish the native.

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    1. Yeah but this is good right? The A bits B and B hits back ends here. God would be happy as NET good Karma in the system increased by this.

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    2. Don't think God "Wants" anything to happen. It is the subject who owns the good or bad karma -- things happen as God designed the system -- dont think god wants anyone to suffer on his own! :)

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  9. How will u explain the following...
    A native's birthchart shows that his son will not take care of him in old age. Now if his son does not take care of him ,will God punish the son for his bad deed? Coz it was God's planning! If d son decides to use his free will n looks after his father, then how is God going to punish the fatherfor his previous life bad karma.

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