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Sunday, December 21, 2014

1724- KARMA (in brief)

The law of karma is a simple and straightforward concept according to which beings are rewarded or punished according to their own actions and intentions. Thus good actions and intentions reap good rewards and bad actions and intentions result in suffering and pain. With some minor variations this concept is common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. In Islam we find some echoes of it in such declarations of Quran as "Whoever does a good deed  he shall be repaid ten fold and whoever does evil, he shall be repaid with evil." We have every reason to believe that Jesus was aware of the law of karma. He willingly agreed to take over the karma of all his followers and free them from sin asThe law of karma is a simple and straightforward concept according to which beings, not just men, are rewarded or punished according to their own actions and intentions. Thus long as they acknowledged him as their savior, repented for their actions and made a true confession of their actions before God. He suffered on the cross because he took over the karma of many people during his lifetime upon earth and he continues to do so even after his departure. In the Bhagavadgita, Lord Krishna makes a similar promise. He promises salvation for all those who willingly offer all their actions to Him, accepting Him as the real doer, with a sense of detachment, and without desiring the fruit of their actions. The main difference between the eastern and western religions is that in Islam and Christianity you commit sin against the law of God, where as in Hinduism and related religions, you commit sin against yourself by your own actions.

"Basically there are three kinds of Karma. They are called
1)Sanchita or the accumulated karmas, 2)Prarabdha or the current karmas, and
3)Agami or the expected karmas.

Sanchita constitutes all the accumulated Karmas of past lifetimes of an individual.
Part of it is visible in a man's character, evinced by his tendencies and aptitudes, capabilities, tendencies and desires.

Prarabdha is that segment of the part of Karma that is responsible for a body in the current life time. These karmas are ripe for reaping and can't be avoided or altered. They can only be worn out through living them out, just as an individual settles past debts.

Agami are those karmas that are now being created for the future. This type of karma is also called Kriyamana or Vartamana. This karma depends on present actions and so allows one to influence the future. Producing good causes will have good effects in the future. This is karma totally under our present control; heed the call of “Nishkama Karma”“Be intent on action not on the fruits of action; avoid attraction to the fruits and attachment to inaction.”

There is a beautiful analogy in Vedic lore. An archer has already shot an arrow. The arrow it has left his bow. There is no way he can recall it and he is about to shoot another one. The bundle of arrows in his quiver contains his Sanchita karmas. The one he has shot represents his Prarabdha and the one that he is about to let loose from his bow constitutes his Agami karma.
Of these, the archer has complete control over the Sanchita and Agami karmas. Nevertheless, he has to very meticulously work out his Prarabdha. The past that has started to take effect, he has to undergo.

There are three kinds of actions, they are good, bad and mixed. Good Karmas are those that make the individual Divine, a god or angel in heaven. Bad Karmas cast the individual you into lower wombs. Mixed actions are responsible for giving an individual a human birth.
All karmas are a blend of good and evil. In this world, there are seldom absolute good karmas or absolute bad karmas. This manifest universe constitutes a relative plane in which, if a person performs an action, it will do some good in one corner, and some evil in another corner. Hence we must all strive to perform actions which will bring us maximum good and minimum evil."
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