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 ‘I’ 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

 

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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 😉
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 world😛…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 😛 Witnessing the Conversation of LB&RB
Captured -Witnessing the Conversation 😉

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 😉
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 😦

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 🙂

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 😆

Does it matter how we perceive Krishna in The Gita?

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Social Psychologists’ term us as cognitive misers who downplay every stimuli other than the ones we find useful. Since we have this problem it is important to re-look at the character Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.

If we look at him as someone who advised Arjuna at battlefield, we might ignore his teachings as only relevant to Arjuna. If we look at him as a God, we might never be able to implement his lesson as there is a fear of being categorized by our mind as an entity different from us. If we look at him as a Guru/Teacher, we will end up trying to apply his teachings. Thank God, for the reinforcements we had as children@School to act upon teacher’s advice .

Before seeking instruction from one of the best Teacher the world had known, we need to set aside our prejudices and judgmentalism. To do that, we ought to go off from the autopilot mode to an elaborate processing. Yes, we are capable of doing this but we need a good reason to do so.

We need to ponder at finding its importance in our professional or personal lives. Many Corporate Gurus termed him as a Tactful Leader and used his teachings to set leadership values. So, we aren’t the first to test him at the professional front and will easily find many reasons to imbibe his teachings. Yet, take some time out to see Gitas’ relevancy in your life to making it better.

From the standpoint of Arjuna, he had the wisdom to accept and admit being taken over by doubt and dastardism which is so not a trait of warrior(He in Chapter 6, shl 39 says Etanme samsayam Krishna Chetum Arhasya Asesatah). He seeks refuge as a disciple and request to discipline him is indicated in Shlok 7 of Chapter 2.

Karpanya Dosopahata Svabhavah
Prcchami Tvam Dharma sammudha Cetah
Yac Chreyah Syan Niscitam Bruhi Tan Me
Sisyas Te ham Sadhi Mam Tvam Prapannam

Arjuna casts away all defensive manoeuvres’ and prepared his mind to a neutral state to soak up in the teachers’ advice. By the way, it is a great leadership quality to possess in disciplining our minds and opening up to new ideas to make profitable decisions. Most of our problems arise when doubts overwhelm us and we lose the clarity of thoughts. Acting blindly in doubt is a sure recipe for trouble.

If we succeed to taking Gita as our teacher, we will see the song Divine uplifting us slowly but steadily from being human to spiritual. We will no longer be entangled in the character of Krishna but would look at Gita as a jewel box full of hand-picked precious gems- especially for us from The Great Upanishads.

An Anchor To Hold Through Life’s Storms

Lately, life has been on the tutoring mode😛. Putting me through some tough lessons to solve upfront.

See, that is why Wise had asked us to prepare ahead for the storm. It doesn’t come with a warning, mine didn’t. It just comes and besides there will be no obvious sign boards to guide us until we learn beforehand to look for it.

To survive in times like these, we need a spiritual anchor to sail through the turbulent storms and preventing us from getting flailed in the storm.

Trust me, it makes the difficult moments more manageable😊

                   A Truly Calm Mind Can Weather Any Storm
BHAGAVAD GITA

Is Demanding the way for Corporate Existence or Exitus?

Children Demand Attention and Time

      Women Demand Protection and Security

Men Demand Respect and Authority

       Other Sex Demand Admission and Rights

Irrespective of what category we belong, we are demanding. Is that the right way to procure what we want?

If we look closely at these, we understand that our demands are different and similar at the same time. We are afraid of being taken for granted and when the fear creeps in then we move from requests to demands. When demands are not met, we conjure. Take a min and reflect on any of your relationships. It can be personal, professional or even with nature. It forms a loop. There were times when we ate what nature provided then we started to cultivate what we want and today we are demanding and destroying in the name of industrialisation. When nature does not succumb to our demands but starts to give what we haven’t asked for then we conjure. Guess this is a natural phenomenon.

If we look at this from the organization perspective, study suggests that many skilled labors exit for lack of attention or recognition than just pay. You might have heard the saying, ‘people quit their managers, not their jobs’. Now from a manager’s perspective, it’s the other way round, the fear of being taken for granted forces him to demand and not request. As a bystander, we understand this but when we are involved in the game, we react and the loop forms. It is funny, isn’t it? We somewhere need to break the loop. We move from being Self-aware to being too conscious because of our poor troubled mind. Even when we want to respond sensibly, the mind forces us to react. Nothing seems to work then.Not even the externalizing technique which the psychologists suggest. We can’t complain. Can we? We are habituated to reacting than to responding.

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Indriyaanam hi Charatam Yanmano Vidiyathe

Tadasya Harati Pragjnaam Vayur Navam ivambasi

                                                                           Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 67

Bhagavad Gita warns us about the same. As the wind carries away a ship in the water, so does the unsteady mind associated with sense objects, destroys the power of discrimination and self-control.

Imagine the scenario below,

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Why does this happen? Because we constantly crave for attention and recognition. If somebody doesn’t recognise us, we question our own existence. Swami Vivekananda rightly said we are slaves to many. In this process, we FAIL TO LIVE

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This had to happen because we aren’t living our PRESENT. Why do you think surgeons fail to operate their kith n kin? They are surgeons and that is what they are good at. Why Psychiatrists’ fail to not succumb to anxiety? They cure everybody but still fall prey to stress. We suggest everybody around but can’t follow our own suggestions. What to do? When it comes to us, our mind takes a ‘U’ turn. Practice can only help put the mind back on track.

Bhagavad Gita teaches us to look at the impermanence of everything that we are clinging to. It can be anything. Look at that strong emotion ‘Anger’. How long does it stay? What damage does it do to the body during its stay? Is it staying forever? Yes, only till the time another emotion knocks the door. Even a minute before now has lost it’s life. If we understand this concept, it will give us some room to think before reacting. Bhagavad Gita says anything that is unreal and impermanent has no existence. Real according to Advaitam means that which does not change/constant. 

Nasato Vidyate Bhavo nabhavo Vidyate Satah(Chapter 2, verse 16.) The nature of being is never known of the unreal. The real is never known not to exist.

We might always feel right when we look at a situation from our viewpoint. A healthy organisation or relationships are always a collective effort. A collaborative culture can only be fostered by a good leader. A good leader who doesn’t cling to his decision alone but also listens to his people. One who can transform his beliefs with time and works towards benefitting his employees. A leader with a clear mind and one who owns teams failures as much as their success. History has seen such leaders and they all had one thing in common. They were high on spiritual quotient. Understanding Gita will not only make us better individuals but can pave the way in becoming Great Leaders.

Equality Of The Soul:Queer or Otherwise

I’d been to the store today and I noticed a transgender shopping next to me. There was indeed a lot of confusion and fear on her face. I smiled at her when our eyes met. She looked hesitant like she wasn’t even sure whether she should smile back and walked away. I was with my mother and we discussed it on our way back home.

Was that confusion because of the rejection they face in the society. Before we judge them, we should ask ourselves- Whether they’d been given a choice to choose their sexuality? They just discovered that they are different from us in ways which were difficult for them to accept too. Are we making it any easier for them? And we have such audacity to call them names and mock at them.

I absolutely do not understand the necessity to generalise every stimulus that comes forth. I understand that it makes our lives easier and problem solving consumes less of our energy but we aren’t machines. We act weird when we are in the presence of people who are different to the norm that we been reinforced. We can not and should not act inhuman to individuals whose identities fall outside of binary notions of a male and female.

Completely agree that we transfer behaviours over a period of time and we might not agree with all that we see. That may have led to the Queer community being ignored, denied, secluded and treated as unnatural from the rest of us. This has been happening since ages. Sensitization on queer matters is critical and I am glad, we are opening up as a society to accept them. Sexual identity at times becomes a real issue for those who dare to disclose as fear still lingers and they stay closeted about their sexual identity, at least in India. Reasons may include: Fear of losing their- job, name, respect, family outcast, treated as objects of ridicule and much more.

I really don’t know the reasons for a country like India which is so tolerant and inclusive of all beliefs is being such a critique when it comes to sexuality. As a country, we celebrate diversity then why rigid on this subject? Is it the fear that accepting this community might lead to confusion among youngsters. The odds are that the adolescents may experiment with their feelings to see what identity would best describe them. They might just do that for fun and that can be scary both for them and parents alike. Maybe this is one of the reasons.

Yet, when kids discover they are gay, the struggle can be much more difficult. When they hear negative things about gay people, they might not accept their sexuality. That means they have to lead a pseudo life and may even be forced to enter into marriage with the opposite sex. That can be more disastrous and may even end up ruining the lives of both.

So, it is time for us to accept the third gender as a part of us. We don’t have to uplift them by providing reservation but we can allow them to compete on equal grounds. Give them an equal opportunity to exercise the rights which every citizen enjoys in the country.

Every being on this planet has a reason to exist and they are upon a journey just like anyone of us. We do not have a right to rob them of their rights and certainly, nobody to judge them. Generalization and Stereotypes in terms of sexual orientation is criminal and are man-made and on that basis can we afford to discriminate them?

So, Can we exercise the spirit of equality that we preach 🙂

The Gita also encourages us to treat everyone the same and its teachings are to expand our human sensitivity to see the Divinity in all beings.

                                              EQUALITY OF THE SOUL(as per the GITA) 🙂

Samam Sarveshu Bhuteshu Tisthantam Paramesvaram
Vinasyatsv Avinasyantam Yah Pasyati Sa Pasyati

Bhagavat Gita Chapter 13, Shl 28

Whatever being is born, the Moving or the Unmoving, O Arjuna, know it to be from the Union of Perishable and Imperishable.The Supreme dwells alike in all beings.