KARTA, KARMA & KRIYA

I clearly remember the day when I decided to keep the fancy pen my teacher owned. For want of a better word for ‘stole’, I am going with the other word ‘decided’ūüėú. I also remember everything that followed my decision.

I guess my teacher loved her pen as much as I did. She noticed the pen missing from her table when she gathered her stuff to leave the class. She panicked and put all of us in the search and we missed the short break that followed the class- searching for the pen that I had.

Know what you are thinking.¬†Sumi was a¬†ūüėą¬†then.

I was scared to death to admit that I took her pen ¬†ūüėź. She was very angry at this point and asked us to stop playing the prank and to return her pen. She said if the person who stole it wouldn’t submit it, then the whole class gets¬†punished. Though the whole class witnessed the theft but they remained quiet.

The whole class was punished.

This memory pops into my head whenever I listen to Guruji speaking on Karta & Karma.

Imagine the following:

The Whole Class Р  Jiva-Atman (YOU)
Sumi Р KARTA (who stole the pen/inner&outer faculties)
Stole the pen Р KRIYA (Act)
Punishment Р KARMA (that followed)

When Sumi stole the pen, Sumi should be the KARTA & BOKTHA.
The SELF or ATMAN needn’t take the ownership just like the class doesn’t own the act of Sumi.

My classmates were not involved in the ACT and did not deserve the punishment. They clearly knew I was responsible yet remained silent and thereby became the part of the ACT as well as the Punishment.

Just like my classmates, in every day of our lives, WE OWN the

  • THOUGHT of our MIND
  • ACT of our BODY
  • WORDS of our MOUTH

We know it’s the faculties¬†in play yet we own all those by accepting and saying-I THOUGHT, I SPOKE and I GAVE. Because of that, we have to own the consequence that follows the actions of our Mouth, Body and Mind.

Next time when the Mind thinks, give credit. The same goes for the other faculties. They are there to help you and you are responsible for their actions. But you do not own their actions. Though I am responsible for the content on this blog, my hands are helping to document and hence they own the act.

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Clearly, I am¬†nowhere involved in any of the activities here, I¬†witness the act.¬†The mind thinks, hands write and Sumi, the body is responsible for the act.¬†But that’s another story for another time ūüôā

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5, Shl 8 and 9

Naiva kinchit karomeeti yukto manyeta tattwavit
pashyan shrunvan sprishan jighrann ashnan gacchan swapan shwasan // 5.8  //
Pralapan visrijan grihnan nunmishan nimishannapi
indriyaaneendriyaartheshu vartanta iti dhaarayan  // 5.9   //

The knower of the Truth, being¬† centered in the Self, thinks `I do nothing at all’ – though seeing, hearing,¬† touching, smelling, eating, going, sleeping, breathing, speaking, letting go,¬† seizing, opening and closing the eyes – convinced that it is the senses that¬† move among the sense objects.

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The Concept of KARMA

“Speech is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Speaker
  The deed is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Doer
¬† Mind is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Thinker.”
Kanshitaki Upanishad

‘I’ (the Atman) is the one worthy to be known. The ‚ÄėI‚Äô who owns the speech, act and thought

Even the 5 Why’s of the Root Cause Analysis will not get you to the root problem of the Karmic cycle. It is like a vicious cycle; your every Act, Thought and Word, has a short-term and long-term repercussion. Instead of getting to the root of this cycle, the ingenious would find a reason to save him from this cycle.

What is Karma?  

KARMA refers to both Action and Reaction.

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If we identify the CAUSE, we can CHOOSE to ACT and thereby have control over our ACTIONS but yet never over the RESULTS. [B.G. 2.47,51 ]So, advice is not to cling to the results of the action and to free ourselves.

Good Karma & Bad Karma?

The Gita points out that it is nearly impossible to differentiate between action that is meritorious and action that is not.

Who is responsible for the Karma phenomenon?

Krishna tells us in Bhagavad Gita that “Mayadakshena Prakriti, Suyate sa Characharam” [B.G. 9.10]

The Gita says, in the guidance of the ParamAtma, Prakruti with the help of Gunas creates and maintains everything that you see here. So, God has nothing to do with what you are bestowed here, good or bad.

Will Karma affect you?

If you think YOU are the KARTA (the agent of all kinds of action)then YOU will be the BOKTHA(the receiver of all the results of action).

The divine knowledge is Self-knowledge – YOU are nothing but GOD.

According to Gita, so many things should come together for you to act upon anything. Despite that, only an ignorant man thinks he is the agent behind that action.

What should Guide the MIND?

The INTENT behind the actions is crucial. The Mind should act like an INSTRUMENT, not the DOER. Anything that you do with your mind, body, speech will never be completely 100% good. Think about it, you will know what I am talking about.

Remember EVERY WORK has INADEQUACIES 
[B.G. 18.48] Sarvarambha hi Dosena

For example, everyday chore¬†like bathing also comes with merits and faults. That doesn’t mean people should go without a bath. A man gotta do what a man gotta do ;). Rather than burdening ourselves¬†by Merit or Demerit, every¬†thought/action should be guided by¬†Proper INTENT.

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Since you are not the actor but a witnesser, can you choose INACTION?

Gita says you are neither the body nor the mind and thereby Activity or Inactivity doesn’t exist for you. But the bodily functions has to be maintained, so learn to be an observer (Inaction) in Action. [B.G. 4.18] [B.G. 3.4-8]. Moreover, the action should be performed to clear the MIND and keep it in the Present [B.G. 5.11].

So, if you are the one who believes in KARMA then you are the one who DOES NOT

  • Blame
  • Judge
  • Think you¬†are the DOER nor the¬†RECEIVER
  • Attach themselves over the RESULTS
  • Think everything will remain Constant
  • Have a Troubled¬†Mind over the Consequences
  • Rock as pendulum
  • Act with Expectations

 

Do you Believe in KARMA?

I just looked up on Karma on Google and was astonished to see many forms of karma, interesting few that met my eyes ūüėČ
Fanpage karma, Social Media Karma, Page Karma, Campus Karma and many more-phew- let me stop thereCEQUySQWEAIy6vJ.jpg

We see a lot of quotes on social media and below are the posts on Karma that I see most often.

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But,

What is this Karma and Who does it?
Does it apply to us?
How can we get out of it?
How do we know what is good karma?
Good and Bad is so subjective, what is right according to Karma?
Who is responsible for this Karma phenomenon?
Is it God, then isn’t he partial because we see bad people enjoying good karma?
What all falls under the purview of karma?

 

 

 

A Dialogue Between My Left and Right Brain

It all started when I decided to hang out with my friends at a coffee shop. Well, let me tell you from the beginning!

Four of my friends decided to spend time over some coffee and cookies. So, we all met at this coffee shop which my friend is obsessed with. She swears this is one brand¬†that never disappoints. We never argue with her¬†for¬†she has travelled more than half the worldūüėõ…And at her age, it is pretty impressive

I thanked my stars as soon as we found a place to sit down for the next few hours.I am a big fan of cappuccino and cinnamon cookies and so like always I decided to go for them. Rest of my friends ordered their regulars.

A sip of good cappuccino can transport you to your own world. And that’s exactly what happened until I was brought back to reality with a harsh blow on¬†my back. My friends decided to leave the topic that they were discussing and started focussing their energy on me and my blog instead.

One of my friends even said that I am sending wrong vibes to people around. I quite didn’t understand her at first, but anyways she went about explaining. She said only people who are alone and unhappy¬†go about becoming spiritual.

First I thought to myself that I wasn’t alone, second, quite¬†happy in life and the third and the most important, fully aware¬†of the fact that I can’t bet my life on things which is constantly changing. But¬†nevertheless remained calm and let them do the talking.¬†I understood where they were¬†coming from.

The whole thing about being spiritual scares the hell out of many. My grandparents fear I might just turn a Sanyasi or something. They ask me to focus on being a good wife, a mother, a daughter and blah blah blah. Though I think all the above is important but that is not what life is all about. Its about self-analysis and to make it a journey that is worth.

Anyways, soon all my friends joined the bandwagon and I was in for a¬†gyan session. While¬†I shut my head to that, my mind started having its little conversation inside. And that’s where my Dear Readers, I stopped being Sumi, the Actor and started being that Witnesser.

Captured ūüėõ Witnessing the Conversation of LB&RB
Captured -Witnessing the Conversation ūüėČ

Here is the dialogue between my left-brain(LB) and right-brain(RB).

LB: How stupid are they to think spirituality is for miserable people?

RB: I feel uneasy here too but poor people they know nothing about spirituality. So excuse them.

LB: The knowledge that nothing is here forever and everything is constantly changing should suffice for anybody to turn spiritual.

RB: I feel happy at your observation but this has been the case from ages. Remember the conversation Sumi read between Yudhisthira¬†and Yaksha.¬†Forgot! You wouldn’t have forgotten it. You tried to make sense out of that by reading it many times.

LB: You are right. I remember that. What about it?

RB: Though my understanding would differ from yours yet I was excited when Sumi was reading the answer given by Yudhisthira to Yaksha on what surprises him the most?

LB:¬†Oh yes..the answer was that People die every day and yet they love to believe that death will never come to them or their beloved ones and plan their lives like immortals ūüėČ
Hmm…I understand what you are hinting at. But still..

RB: C’mon you understand all this yet you don’t get it right all the time. You make mistakes too.

LB: Oh Okay, now it is on me. I am trying. You can’t blame me. I try to remind Sumi¬†of the choices she could make¬†when emotions clog her. But she¬†sets me on¬†the autopilot mode ignoring them sometimes. And those times are when she goes back repeating the same mistakes she did earlier. You can’t blame me for that ūüė¶

RB: I understand. I am just telling not to waste our energy judging her friends but look for creative ideas to better ourselves. We can work together to turn the planned behaviours to habitual ones through repetitions.
Hey, don’t worry we are great as a team. We will get there soon ūüôā

And there¬†comes another blow and this time it was tighter than the old one¬†13131944-Illustration-of-a-Shocked-Smiley-Stock-Illustration-emoticon.jpgThat threw¬†my LB and RB into the outer space. When they returned from their space journey, I reached for my coffee which turned cold. I turned to my friends and wasn’t surprised¬†to see the worried look on their faces. And that perfect occasion called for another shot of caffeine¬†ūüėÜ