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.

The greater part of most people’s thinking is involuntary, automatic, and repetitive. It is no more than a kind of mental static and fulfills no real purpose.

Strictly speaking, you don’t choose to think; Thinking happens to you. The statement “I think” implies volition. It implies that you have willfully chosen to think what you think (or that you think in the first place). For most people, this is not yet the case. “I think” is just as false a statement as “I digest” or “I circulate my blood.” Digestion happens, circulation happens, thinking happens.

The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by their thinking and its repetitive, unconscious content. This circular, repetitive, incessant thinking is conditioned by the past, and it keeps you trapped in the past. It is as though you continue to relive the past over and over again. Do you ever wonder why the same problems challenge you throughout your life? Your unconscious mind is re-creating them, but you don’t even know it.

The Eastern term for this repetitive cycle is karma. You continually bring to your life experiences that correspond to your thinking. What you reap, you will sow. What you think, you will attract. If the contents of your thoughts are locked in past events, you are destined to repeat them. This is karma. And it goes both ways.

We have heard of good karma and bad karma. Bad karma is the experiences we have that are attracted to us by our mind’s obsession with all the bad things that have happened to us. Bad karma not only produces experiences that are undesirable, it is also a life lived in the past, not the present.

Good karma, on the other hand, comes from living in the present moment. When we liberate our mind from thoughts of the past and negative rumination, we are free to engage our mind in original, creative thought. We are free to be spontaneous and fun-loving. We are free to live our life now with a sense of curiosity, discovery and adventure. Far from being trapped in a cycle of negativity, we live a life of freshness, proactivity and healthy self-expression.

If you have been living life in the past, caught in the cycle of bad karma, you can get free of it.

Just in the way that thinking happens to you, bad karma happens to you. It is an involuntary predicament. It is a condition that you do not consciously choose.

The solution is to begin choosing what you want for yourself. Instead of being a victim of your own thinking, be an active, engaged choice maker.

* Choose to be more present.
* Choose to be more aware of what thoughts are circulating in your mind.
* Choose to engage your mind in original, creative thinking.
* Choose to make your mind an interesting, adventurous place.
* Choose to make good karma by using your mind for positive and productive thinking.

This morning I listened to a tele-seminar with the “Youtube” guru Dattatriya Siva Baba. He said that karma is a way of thinking; rather, a predilection or obsession with a way of thinking. It made so much sense. Whatever we were obsessed with ‘then’, we are obsessed with now. We become what we think and karma is a way of thinking. Poverty is a mindset, as is wealth consciousness, teacher mindset, baker mindset, farmer, scientist, or playboy mindset.

In order to change our karma, to change our life, we must change our thought process. This can be done with the use of sounds or mantras (which are sound waves)discovered by yogis deep in meditation. Manifesting cannot really be done until our present karmas are cleaned up. Only then can we think of prosperity and enlightenment.

The mantra to ‘bust’ karma is “Thiru Neela Kantam”
(tear oo knee la can tum)
Let this mantra, these sounds, repeat in your mind all day. Fill your consciousness with the sound making no room for the thoughts that you were obsessed with.