What do we know about Karma?
Do we understand it?
Will we ever Understand it?
How do we get it?
How do we get rid of it?
What is karma? Though many spiritual teachers have tried to rhetorically define Karma many have only defined it or a minimal aspect which left many people in society with unanswered questions, only to continue the efforts into finding answers in the history of Hinduism.
We must first understand that our actions, communication whether verbal or non verbal directly affects humanity- one person or many therefore, it directly affects our relationship with the universe (which I call God). This means it is the way we speak to God, if we do something bad or evil, this is how we relate to God in its most unique way.
To best define Karma we must know the root of Karma and its history. Since the word Karma is a derivative of Sanskrit language must understand the meaning which is actions or conduct. Basically the word Karma first appeared in the Hindu Gita better known as cause and affect. It is also known as a fundamental law of nature. The cliché is that it is not something that God will interfere in nor a system of punishment or repayment basically means that it is a direct result of negativity which imposed upon your self therefore when you speak ill of someone you speak ill of God, though God is forgiving, God is not punishing because he gave humanity a free will, speech and a way of emotions therefore, God will respect your actions and reactions but the consequences of these reactions if of your own to handle.
For example if you rob a bank and do not get caught for a long time eventually the law of Karma is that you one day will get caught if not in this life time but in the next. As a result the severity of the crime will be a lot more than you had anticipated because your evil deeds.
There are three types of Karma
- Prarabdha Karma which is only experience in this life time.
- Sancita Karma- which has yet to be experienced
- Sanciyama Karma which is experience in this life time to be carried into the next.
The process in how we develop Karma is very important because through each Karmic experience we go through a re-birth process to learn or experience something to become more spiritual and practice humility. Humility is an action and tendency, therefore anything good or bad that we do there is a result is graduated into more bad or good. Through this graduation it reaches our soul and our physical body. For example we may become very ill not necessarily because we are bad people or did bad things it just means what ever that you are doing no longer benefits you and since you are not able to learn through your action the result is that it manifest it self into our physical body.
In Hinduism, it is believed that we must do what ever we can not take ill actions, and reactions to eliminate or reduce bad karma so that we can encompass good karma to be fruitful in this life time so that we have fewer lessons to learn in the births to come. The sublime bliss is to release our moksha (inner soul) so that we are better people in next life time. A person who comes into this life time with released moksha can acquire a blissful moksha so that they can prosper in this life time. I am sure you have heard the saying, “why do good people die and bad people continue to live and prosper?” This is because the good has released their moksha and going to a place where they have good fortune in the next life time and there comes a time when they will not be born again until they are a perfect being without greed, attachment to materialism, and evil deeds.
Good people usually give things without asking for anything in return, good people often can be those who have the least materialistic things, good people are usually those suffer quite often and get the least. Why? Because these people have learned to detach tangible things out of their lives and bring humility into their lives. This means that body and mind will bring the ultimate life which is known in the Gita as Brahman. When a person reaches the Brahman stage they are at their last life time where life is not so bad but the lessons are difficult continuing their lives through humility and spirituality. Through the experiences of karma we have the sense of certain elemental of life which is through dharma which is Devine justice. In lament terms how God would want it.
It is also believed in the ancient scriptures of the Gita that we are egotistical beings meaning everything we say or do is based upon the ego. When we release the ego we perform our duties in our lives with deep spiritual transitions rather than egotistical thinking processes. Therefore karma is meant to teach us lessons of life through God so when you deliberately or unconsciously hurt someone remember look at your actions because if not in this life time but perhaps in the next we will have negative consequences due to the disrespect of God’s children and things. Therefore if we shun evil actions we earn good Karma. Therefore, if we shun good actions and do things out of personal and selfish reasons we suffer the consequences of through mysterious ways. Therefore every action good or bad should not be ignored but must be tackled in a honest, humble and respectful way.
Concluding Karma does not being soul mates but we must not react in a negative way but do it in a humble way, though in silence there is a resolute, however through our own resolute must act in a human law which is to devoid desires, actions are knowledge which can burn us and God is the active Principle in all matters. We can not control the world and we can control our actions through our desires behind them. Remember there is no time frame as to when Karma will come back to you and it is baggage of negative Karma that e can not just leave behind but a person of good deed dies and enjoys life of sublime bliss and person of evil deeds goes through the darker world and continues to return to earth to relive the Karma.
Karma is not of liberation rather for embodied soul which means at the end you will realize that circumstances in your own life is of your own making and you are own your own creator and you will take responsibilities of your own actions one way or the other good or bad. And when you listen to your conscience and do things that are good for you and others you will no longer blame others for your problems or expect them to save you from them. , you will also no longer will be a martyr nor will you try to victimize others knowing the consequences of your own actions. You can not blame God for things that happen to you nor others but one must understand God does neutralize the bad effects of Karma through Mantras and release of Moksha and Dharma and when you seek him through grace of good deeds God too feels more respectful of your actions and brings visions and a more sensitive and blissful world for you today.
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