Karma is that fundamental
aspect of life which runs in the background yet controls the manifest destiny
of every living being. Without karma the cosmic creation of almighty God, the
cosmos itself would not exist. No
individual being has his personal karma. As is being preached in the West... no
individual ever has karma. The readings of karma can never be recorded by one.
Nor can the best of astrologers and seers tell from experience what would be the
shape of our karma in the future.
Definition karma in short would be the process which results in the purification
of our soul atman within the body. The eradication of dross from within our soul
atman is possible only because of inherent karma. The
physical work we perform cannot be simply termed as karma. The residual balance
of karma of every human being nay living being continues from one manifestation
to another. If reincarnation would not have been there... karma itself would not
have existed. The presence of karma confirms that reincarnation is not a myth
but an absolute reality.
we discuss on the good karma and the bad karma, I would further elaborate upon
the meaning of karma itself. Why at all karma had to be created by God Almighty
in the first place. Can humanity survive in absence of karma? Can the cosmos itself
survive in the absence of karma? If
we look at karma from the beginning of time... a point in the creation itself
when the big bang took place (It is now a confirmed fact that our present cosmos
owes its existence to big bang theory and is not a misnomer). Now, God Almighty
is about to explode with the big bang. The Definition God Almighty being the sum
total of all purified souls atmans in the cosmos at a given point of time.
Before the occurrence of the big bang all these purified souls atmans collect
together to form the size of half a thumb as defined in Bhagavad Gita (the doctrine
of Bhagavad Gita was given to the mankind by Lord
Krishna in the battle
of Mahabharata). This half the size of a thumb is the total size of
the whole cosmos at the time of big bang. This
powerful source of energy... God Almighty himself... the sum total of all purified
souls atmans unable to contain itself for long in a highly compressed state explodes
with a big bang and starts the formation of a new cosmos. All souls' atmans thus
get scattered all over the cosmos.
souls' atmans in their cosmic sojourn gain impurities on the way. With a travel
of over billions of years these souls' atmans finally settle down on a planet
like mother earth which is conducive for germination of life. These
souls' atmans cannot purify themselves on their own as the metal present in any
ore. They need requisite mining machinery so that the metal can be separated from
the impurities (dross) contained within. Here the role of karma comes into play.
These souls' atmans have to manifest a body again and again until it purifies
itself of all the impurities dross contained within.
these souls' atmans work out their karma... the dross within any soul atman cannot
be removed. And starts the journey of every soul atman! It is a total of 8.4 million
manifestations these souls' atmans will have to pass through until they again
come back to their pristine pure form. This journey of 8.4 million manifestations
requires almost 96.4 million earthly years... a long journey indeed! During
this journey of 8.4 million manifestations... the karma of one life gets passed
on to the next life and this is how every soul atman tends to reduce the dross
within. This process simply reconfirms the existence of reincarnation.
simple terms... karma can be compared to that mining machinery which separates
one K. G. of pure metal from the lump of hundred K. G. of ore. The 99% impurities
existing within every soul atman gets removed only through process of Karma. There
is no other alternative of karma in whole cosmos. Right
from the first manifestation as an amoeba and to the last as an enlightened being...
process of Karma decides what the next manifestation would be. As is the residual
balance karma... so shall be the next life... the next manifestation!
Truly speaking... mangoes cannot grow on a guava tree. If the residual karma of
the present life indicates that one shall be born in the house of a king in next
manifestation then it will be so. None in whole cosmos including God Almighty
interferes with process of Karma. How
gratifying to a human being that our complete destiny is in our own hands. As
we perform our karma... so shall our future be! As we sow so shall we reap...
nothing more or less! In the domain of karma everything is justly ordered. Every
human being manifests destiny simply as per the residual balance of karma of past
Sutra theory confirms that if we desire to improve upon our life then our performance
of karma in present life must be in accordance! However there is one analogy which
must be firmly understood here. Whatever physical work or karma we perform in
present life may not manifest in next manifestation itself.
As God Almighty desired it... the manifestation of karma is governed by the non
deviating laws of karma. It is any manifestation henceforth wherein our performance
of karma in one of the earlier manifestations may fructify. This is how we say
someone has been lucky. Or someone has won a lottery. This
luck or winning of the lottery is not related to our deeds or karma of the present
life but of one of the earlier manifestations we have lived. Whatever deeds or
karma we perform in present life may yield results in next manifestation itself
or many manifestations beyond. This is the firm doctrine of karma. This doctrine
of karma has to be firmly understood. No deviations allowed!
aspect in the karmic theory is what troubles most human beings. This aspect of
karma rather takes the sap out of life itself. As human beings do not digest the
facts that the performance of the karma of the present life will not yield results
immediately thereafter! We start thinking, "if the fruits of my karma are
not available to me in present life then what use performing my karma diligently".
Here we fail to understand that dictates in the cosmic system are affected by
The existence of a human being is because of our soul atman within our body. We
fail to understand that it is the soul atman that has taken the body and never
otherwise. It is our soul atman within the body which is on its cosmic journey.
The existence of the body is just a passing phase in the life of a soul atman.
A total journey of 8.4
million manifestations indicates that the soul atman within our body shall manifest
a total of 8.4 million bodies in various life forms. Having been born a human
being confirms that our soul within the body has already manifested a total of
7.3 million bodies. In the human form alone we have a total of 1.1 million variations
is indeed a long journey towards gaining enlightenment and finally salvation.
The prime reason why in a hundred years or more only one or two persons gain enlightenment!
The path of pure spirituality is best lived by performing the best of karma...
the good karma all the time. Performance of bad karma would lead to our incurring
the wrath of God. If we have manifested the body of a human being in present life...
the bad karma performed in this life may lead us back to the animal form and in
extreme cases to the insect form or the plant life. The
teachings of Mahavira (the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism) confirm this.
Why perform a karma that shall negate the very essence of existence of life!
of good karma is not only our prerogative but a must for every human being nay
every Jiva (living being). If we do not perform good karma in present life then
our behavior affects us and only us. In the cosmic system the performance of karma
by a human being nay every living being for that matter is limited to the individual
performance of good karma or bad karma is not least related to any other soul
atman in the cosmos. This aspect of life is corroborated by Bhagavad Gita... the
doctrine put forward by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata. In Bhagavad Gita it has been
stated that no soul atman is ever related to any other soul atman. The doctrine
of karma is based on precisely this surmise. As
the performance of the karma by an individual never gets transferred from one
individual to another... no soul atman is ever connected to another soul atman.
In the circumstances
why not be all human beings continue performing good karma throughout life so
that the next manifestation by the soul atman within our body would be at its
best. The next manifestation what it would be by our soul atman within the body
is directly related to the performance of the karma by the body in present life.
I truly appreciate one song from Hollywood which states something like, "what
shall I be... I be... I be! And the mother confirms to the daughter that this
factor in life is totally unknown. And indirectly indicates to her that we all
human beings are required to continue doing our best in life. The
doctrine of karma must never be taken for granted in life. It is the seeds of
karma we sow in this life that shall fructify in future manifestations.
I would like to clear the notion that physical deeds alone do not comprise of
karma! The physical deeds performed by a body constitute a major part of karma
of the individual but it is the performance of mental karma which finally governs
Whatever we think finally controls the karma of an individual. If we are a positive
thinker throughout in life... then we definitely need to cheer about it! Performance
of good physical deeds and remaining positive all the time eventually leads to
performing good karma all the time. Most
of the times on the earthly domain people continue performing bad karma in the
mental state. I may behave normally with a human being but mentally I may totally
detest one. This would lead to negative karma furthering the goal of our soul
performance of karma by human being must be so that the journey of our soul atman
within the body is cut short. We must always remember that the body has been taken
by our soul atman within and never vice versa. It is only the performance of the
good karma that can lead to our soul atman gaining liberation from the cycle
of birth and death at the earliest.
I again repeat that our soul atman desires reaching the stage of salvation (Nirvana
in Buddhism), (moksha in Hinduism) at the earliest. It is performance of our karma
and karma alone which shall decide the destiny of our soul atman within the body.
The body can never dictate
to the soul atman within. If our human ego dominates then we are only prolonging
the journey of the soul atman within the body. The loss of soul atman is the loss
of us. our soul atman within the body is the real essence of us. We simply cannot
neglect the soul atman within our body.
the present Kali Yuga one finds that the super ego of a human being is often bloated
with wanton desires and materialistic riches in life. Here we fail to understand
that the materialistic riches gained in present life can never be carried to the
next manifestation. Everything so gained materialistically in present life...
all would be left behind when comes the time for leaving the mortal frame!
It is only the balance
of karma that shall continue to the next life. The residual balance of karma of
the present life becomes governing in the cosmic system of life. It is only the
serious seekers of spirituality who understand this truth. Those drowned in the
materialistic riches and wants do not care. It is only when they get born with
deformities in next life that we find beggars on the streets.
all... it is the performance of good karma all the time which shall decide what
our destiny would be in next life. Unless and until we detach ourselves from the
desires of the materialistic riches... we are simply prolonging the journey of
our soul atman within. And this sometimes leads to severe headaches and pains
as our soul atman within the body is governing. Whenever the body does anything
to the contrary our soul atman reflects it on the body.
this is what Yoga and meditation is all about. By performance of Yoga meditation
we are simply trying to coordinate and synthesize a rapport between the body and
the soul atman within. As long as the body works in coordination with the soul
atman within... all is well for the soul atman within and also for the body.
Finally performance of good karma is essential for one to live a happy life full
of joy and bliss!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized
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