“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.”
‘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.
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.
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
- 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