Destiny- Never Blame God

Nobody is lucky here, God says.

Everything we gain here is nothing but the fruits of our actions( Karma phala) of this life or the previous lives, i.e. Karma through our Thoughts, Speech and Actions.

Although we have no control over the karmic fruits, we are given the choice to choose our actions. Every moment in life is a choice and we are allowed to make a decision. Then, how can anybody be responsible for the consequences? Most of us make the decision based on our past alone. When each of us is given an opportunity to exercise free will then why should we repeat the same pattern over and over again.

Know that they are your actions and God is not to be blamed. He is not directing your life but has given you the freedom to both write and direct your own life. Gita strongly denies his involvement clearly in Chapter 5, shlok 14 and 15. He states while the Tri-Gunas are doing their job according to their nature, you out of ignorance choose to identify with their work and thus get stuck with the sense of doer-ship. He asserts firmly that both virtuous deeds or otherwise do not involve him.

Na kartṛitvaṁ na karmāṇi lokasya sṛijati prabhuḥ
Na karma phala saṅyogaṁ svabhāvas tu pravartate

Nādatte kasyachit pāpaṁ na chaiva sukṛitaṁ vibhuḥ
Ajñānenāvṛitaṁ jñānaṁ tena muhyanti jantavaḥ

This, of course, does not mean that we keep indulging in all activities without bringing any change in our behaviours and then debate that they are nothing but the Gunas in action. Spirituality is about purifying and transcending one’s mind and we should not fool ourselves in the process

And, Self-realization is hard to attain and definitely not a mockery. Now THE MIND has a biased stance towards the body. Until the MIND understands, acknowledges and identifies with the truth after conducting sufficient inquiry into the laws governing the human life, will ‘IT’ attain stability.

Image: On the way to Baba Mandir

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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’😜. I also remember everything that followed my decision.

I guess my teacher loved her pen as much as I did. She found the pen missing from her table while 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 😈 then.

I was scared to death to admit that I took her pen  😐. 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 –   Jiva-Atman (YOU)
Sumi –  KARTA (who stole the pen/inner&outer faculties)
Stole the pen –  KRIYA (Act)
Punishment –  KARMA (that followed)

When Sumi stole the pen, Sumi should be the KARTA & BOKTHA.
Likewise The SELF or ATMAN needn’t take the ownership.

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 🙂

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 ‘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

 

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 😉
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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?