By: Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

Around 300 years B.C., there was a Greek philosopher named Zeno who lived in Athens. One day, the philosopher caught his slave stealing. He decided to teach him a lesson by giving him a beating for stealing.

The slave, who was a bit of a philosopher himself, said, “Zeno, why are you beating me? It was fated that I should steal.”

The philosopher Zeno quickly responded, “And it was fated that I should beat you for stealing!”

This story is rich in meaning for those who think about the question of karma. Many times people say that they committed a wrong because of their karma. They tend to confuse the law of karma with free will. The saints speak of human beings as having twenty-five percent free will. The other seventy-five percent of what happens to us in life is due to the reactions of our past karmas.

The karmic events in our life are those that are reactions of the past. They tend to be reactions that happen to us. Despite our best care to be safe, an accident befalls us without any explanation or reason. We may be working hard to make a living, and out of the blue we suffer a financial setback. We may live our lives as good people, but something bad happens to us. The law of karma is based on the belief that these seemingly unexplained events that occur in our lives are due to reactions from the past, either earlier in this life or in a previous life.

We may not have been trying hard to have something happen, but we have a stroke of seeming good luck and win a prize, get money out of the blue, or meet a special person with whom we fall in love and marry. We may suddenly meet good fortune out of the blue. All these events, both good and bad, that come to us without trying are usually the result of our past karma.

Some people use karma as an excuse to do wrong, but when it comes to our making a choice as to how to act in a certain situation, that usually falls under free will. It is not ordained that we break the law, hurt someone, or steal. Those are choices that we make in our own lives. We cannot blame God and our karmas for our shortcomings. We may come into life with our personality, but what we do is up to our choice or free will.

Just as Zeno and his slave used fate as the excuse for committing a wrong, when we do so ourselves, we are bound to get the reaction. The initial wrong might be due to free will, but the consequence then is our karmic debt that we incur.

As we live our life, we can live by the principle of “Be Good,” as Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj said. We have free will to choose between committing good or evil. We need to take responsibility for our actions. Whatever we choose, we reap the reward or the punishment.

Rather than spending time pondering over what is our karma and what is free will, we should take it that we have choices to make and should always choose to do good over evil.

 

We tend to assume that bad times in our lives are a result of our past karma or deeds done in our past life. As a result, many who believe in karma and destiny often blame a ‘poor’ or ‘negative’ outcome of their ‘honest’ action on their past karmas. Some actually believe that their good actions in this life will influence their next life!  So store it up now.

With an obsession on oneself and results that they conjure in their minds, people often forget that they co-exist with other beings. Each being plays its own role and comes with its own destiny. That being the case, one lives with collective actions and collective destiny. The results you seek are not always determined by you or your actions alone.

Karma is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Kri’ which means to do and encapsulates all actions. In everyday life the word covers noise to silence, doing to not doing, action to inaction, movement to stillness and so on. Each of these actions result in something that you may see immediately or when it ripples into something far more apparent. ‘Karma’ literally means ‘deed’ or ‘act’. Therefore, the conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.

The word also refers to the totality of mankind’s actions and their concomitant reactions in current and previous lives, all of which determine the future. However, all karmas do not have an immediate effect; some accumulate and return unexpectedly in an individual’s life later. It therefore determines what we deserve and what we can assimilate and hence, decides our destiny. However, our destiny is not only determined by our own actions. It has to do with time, place and more importantly, others who perhaps are part of a larger act.

It is not our immediate collective actions that have led to high levels of corruption or to a slowing economy or to the continuing divisions between the rich and the poor. This is a result of actions taken consistently over a long period of time leading to what today is. In effect, even if an individual seeks a specific change, the change may not occur unless others exercise a similar karma that leads to a collective result. We need to be responsible at both levels.

One of the first and most dramatic illustrations of karma can be found in Bhagwad Gita. Arjuna is preparing for battle when he realises that the enemy consists of members of his own family and decides not to fight. His charioteer, Krishna, explains to him the concept of one’s duty among other things and makes him realise that it is his duty to fight. Krishna also specifies moral duties, but the moral law of acting disinterestedly does not necessarily lead one to virtuous acts.

Our actions, both good and bad, bind us to an unhappy and happy cycle of birth and rebirth due to the relentless moral accounting enforced by the law of karma. The purpose of life is liberation from the phenomenal world. According to Krishna, “Detaching one’s actions from personal reward changes the quality of one’s actions.”

So if we take this as central to life, responsibility and moral goodness is primal to each act. In a democracy this applies not just to each of us but also to the four estates that govern the nation. Given the state of our nation, it is clear that only collective karma with a common purpose can bring a change that most wish to see. In short, collectively, karma does mean a revolution.

 

If you want ‘good stuff’ to happen to you, then do ‘good stuff’.

If you do ‘bad stuff’ then you get ‘bad stuff’.

Think of The Agents of Karma like a Spiritual Santa Claus – Your karma is logged and the gifts of life are given out accordingly- to whomever is naughty and to whomever is nice!

Whatever your spiritual beliefs, you can leverage this “law” for your benefit.

Whatever it is that you want in life, find a way to give it, or ‘bring it’ to others. It is simple really:
• If you want more support, then be more supportive
• If you want more help, then be more helpful
• If you want more friends, then be more friendly
• If you want more love in your life, then be more loving
Whatever it is that you want, you’ve got to ‘bring it’ first.

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Karma Yoga is the foundation of Yoga.  It teaches the need to serve something higher than just our own personal happiness.  It is this relentless drive for personal happiness (karma), which undercuts the true meaning of life- the quest for truth (dharma).—Sam Geppi Vedic Astrologer

Pradosham is every 13th Moon and provides a grace period in which extreme karma busting can happen. Soma Pradosham or Pradosham that falls on a Monday is considered particularly powerful to remove karmic mental afflictions.

The Goddess of the Mind and The Master of Time

In Vedic Mythology, the ruler or “overlord” of the Moon is Shiva’s consort, Parvati.   She is the source of creative energy and is a dynamic extension of Shiva onto this universe. The Moon controls emotions and mentality. To master your mind you must first dissolve your karmas.   Karmas are thoughts, deeds and actions which are stored in your permanent records or your energetic signature.   Once cleared, Shakti or powerful energy represented by the Goddess, can flow uninterrupted into all aspects of your life.

Lord Shiva is shown wearing the crescent moon in his hair. The waxing and waning of the Moon reveals the time cycle through which creation evolves from the beginning to the end. Lord Shiva has mastered time symbolizing the Eternal Reality beyond time.

The secret of life is codified in ancient stories of all different cultures.  The Vedic texts are one of Life’s Manuals if you can de-code and de-mystify it.  Spiritual Scientists like Dr Pillai assist in our evolution by sharing their knowledge of the Vedas from Ancient India through Vedic Astrology and the use of Vedic Myths or ‘mythotherapy.’

By your own doings you have created your own Hells, and by your own doings you can create your own Heavens.

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The Holy Makaral isn’t a religious fish, it is a mantra, a sacred mantra that will actually reverse your karma.

Karma is repetition of old behavior. It is bondage. The hamster wheel. The tread mill. “Jane, stop this crazy thing!”

Everything can change. No one is stuck for ever. Now it is ego making you not change. It isn’t allowing things to happen NOW. We reinforce the problem by thinking about it…over….and over. The mind disallows miracles to happen by only thinking of how to gradually change.

All can be changed with sound. All the world is made of sound.

Put an end to the repetitive mode with the sound “Makaral Sivayanama”

Mah kah rel shee veye yah nah mah

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