How do I apologize to karma?

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I'm kinda coming to the conclusion that I must have been a real son of a ***** in my past lives. In this life, I've always sought to be a good and useful person. As it is, I can't help but to seemingly always make the wrong decisions. It's either that, or, someone or something likes to use the decisions I make to try and break me. It's not that I'm complaining. It's just that I am getting tired.

The funny thing is, is that most of the major things that tend to happen in anyone's life don't phase me very much. It's the constant little things that tend to do most of the hard work in trying to callous my heart.

Anyone know how one can apologize to karma? If I knew what I did in the past, maybe I could try to make amends. All I know is that my heart is getting tired. I've always endured but when is enough, enough?

I had a teacher once say that they take our karma at initiation only leaving us enough to fuel our current life. I think that teacher made off with all the good stuff.
Maybe someone could tell me how to get it all back? Liberation and enlightenment have lost their glamour. As far as I'm concerned, I don't exist for my own benefit, but, it would be nice to be able keep a sane mind and a balanced life for those around me I would like to care for and support.

I am a person of logic and reason and I know that there has to be something that is having an influence over my life. Is there any way to detach ourselves from any influence over us except the influence of the current moment?

Anyhow, If there is someone out there that could answer my goofy questions, I would be grateful.

Thanks

C



enlight's picture

Your misconception about karma

It seems that you have a misconception about what karma is. You are not alone, it is the common misconception strongly encouraged by certain organized religions in order to instigate guilt and fear (the same guilt and fear that you suffer from) and thus make sure the people need the religion.

Enough of the prejudice and primitive concepts about karma! Karma is not the legendary, mighty "accounting balance" for good and bad things, in the moral sense, you have done in previous lives which mysteriously and accordingly god will punish or reward you. The universe is much more divine and sophisticated than functioning according to men-made moral rules that change with time! So first relax and stop baing afraid!

Now listen, and listen very good because if you do not listen good I will get very angry! not at you, angry at the egoistic and irresponsible religious figures who were so cruel in brainwashing you with false notions about karma for their own selfish purpose. So please read attentively the following:

Your karma right now is simply the bundle of conditionings you currently have. You indeed carry your conditionings from past lives and keep on adding new conditionings and reinforcing old conditionings in this life by reacting unconsciously based on these conditionings.

You can see it by yourself by observing your mental reactions and by observing the operation of the conditioning engine in the substratum of your unconscious reactions. You can see how this past-based mechanism dictates every particle and moment of your life.

Consequently, karma can influence your life only when you are unconscious. The conditioning machine works only when you are unconscious, in other words, only when you react automatically (and this automatic reaction is, as said before, based on your conditioning, your karma) . Therefore, in order to get out from the influence of your karma, you need to be conscious, to act, to act with awareness and attention instead of react. This is the reason why sages always say that when you are conscious karma cannot affect you.

So as to your question: instead of regarding karma as a mighty mysterious evil force to which you must bow with subservience and apologize, get out of its influence by being attentive and conscious, by acting and not reacting - the true essence of spiritual conduct.

And one last thing: How do you accumulate karma? how do you accumulate conditionings? It is not by the mere doing of something "good" or "bad" but by your reaction to what you did. For example, if you steal something from someone, it is not the stealing itself that will create a karma conditioning but the conscious voice within you that knows and feel that you hurt someone else. You are familiar with this voice very well, aren't you?!

enlight | Tue, 05/27/2008 - 21:12
mightego's picture

Thanks for the input

Hey Enlight, I appreciate the perspective you've shared with me.

Yeah, I like to say sometimes that karma is just the new age replacement for the dark age's use of the word sin. I don't have a fear of karma or anything or believe all karma is bad. I would just like to be free of it. The concept has never made much sense to me, as, how can the law of cause and effect be absolute if the effect happens on a different set of variables? Such as me being the nice guy I like to assume I am, rather than, the apparent S.O.B. I must have been to warrant such "conditionings" as you have put it. (Yeah I know that still strays from your explanation of karma. I understand it is more than good warrants good and bad warrants bad but it still seems that part of that is part of karma)

Now as far as the like attracts like concept of karma, in which my conditionings attract the circumstances I've garnered in this life, I understand my perceptions help create the experience I live. That's why I always allow my perceptions to fade away as I realize that they are preconceived notions of what is happening in any given moment or situation. I've realized the futility in trying to label any given situation or moment with some sort of judgment of it's nature.

Perhaps it would be helpful though, that the concept that there is a "Lord of Karma" be erased from my perceptions of the idea of karma. But, like I've mentioned, I'm starting to have the belief that there must be such an entity, whatever it's true nature may be....That...Is who I would like to apologize to if at all possible. Something like, "hey there karma master entity fella..You think we could come to a compromise here? Maybe we can go our separate ways now? I'm good if you're good. And if you're not good, maybe we can come to some sort of new arrangement?" That would be nice.

Anyhow, I'll just keep working on my understandings of things. But that can be a little tricky now since I don't care to have too many perceptions concerning the nature of things. At one time sure, just not anymore.

Thanks again for your time and your input.

mightego | Wed, 05/28/2008 - 03:47
dora's picture

According to my experience

According to my experience:

The karma logic of cause and effect is dictated by your deep rooted beliefs and opinions coded in your personal conditioning machine, not by some external independant and absolute galactic tribunal.

Therefore, it is not important if you are nice or SOB, if you did "good" deed or "bad" deed ("good" and "bad" according to current society's morals). What counts is how your "deep unconscious you" perceives and judges your deeds. The judge is your unconsciousness, which is indeed influenced by the collective mind.

Therefore, work on your spiritual awareness (accept and observe a la Eckhart Tolle, for example). That way, you will diminish your "unconscious you" and consequently will get free of the influence of karma.

To sum it up: in regard to karma, it is less important what you do and more important whether is is done out of awareness or unconsciously.

dora | Wed, 05/28/2008 - 06:17
george's picture

Accept whatever karma brings upon you

Just accept whatever karma brings upon you and you are done with karma. When you surrender to the karma (indifferent actually to how karma excatly works), karma cannot affect you mentally and emotionally anymore. This is pure and simple logic, isn't it?

The problem, you may say, lies in being able to accept the karma. Well, it is not that difficult to surrender and accept whatever karma brings, it is like working on accepting the fact that we are certainly going to die - difficult in the beginning, easier with practice, and very relieving then after.

Try it!

george | Wed, 05/28/2008 - 10:46
robert's picture

You are not the doer so why apologize?

You are not the doer, not in this life and not in previous lives so why do you feel the need to take responsibility over past deeds and karma?

What do you really mean by "apologizing to karma"? karma is not a being or a person that has the need or the ability to accept apologies...

robert | Wed, 05/28/2008 - 12:35
SoulCanHeal's picture

Clearing Karma

As for karma, it is the record of service--both good and bad-- from this and all our lifetimes. Good service would be those things such as offering love, care, compassion and kindness. Bad karma would involve cheating, killing, taking advantage of and harming others. We carry both good and bad karma from lifetime to lifetime. Sometimes we lead a life of pure service to others and to the Divine, and we accumulate more good karma. Other lifetimes we get lost and gain bad karma. We have karmic debt that needs to be repaid.You already know this.

Our souls, our cells, our DNA carry karmic imprints, which carry over into our mindsets, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. This is why the battle seems all uphill. Karma is the root blockage in life and we spend lifetime after lifetime dealing with the same issues in some cases.

The best way to clear your own karma is by offering unconditional universal service. No attachments. Just offer your pure love to all souls. You can adopt the mantra, I am Divine love.

You can also sincerely apologize to all souls you may have harmed in this and all other lifetimes. Ask for their forgiveness. And offer your forgiveness to all souls who may have hurt you in this and other lifetimes. You can also ask the Divine for forgiveness for those times you were "lost". Forgiveness is very powerful.

These practices, if done sincerely with a total pure heart, can transform your life.

Another thing to consider is that our souls have likes, dislikes and desires. For example, a person's soul could want very badly to express himself as an artist, and if the person chose to be a tax accountant, his soul could create blockages in the physical life. So the question arises, are you following your soul? The soul is the boss. Are you listening?

Blessings to you.

SoulCanHeal | Thu, 05/29/2008 - 21:48
mystic_saurabh's picture

I have read the answer to your question in a book!

Jai Shri Guru!

I had similar type of questions in the past!

All the answers seemed scattered to me....but then I read this book named, "Divine Romance" by "Shri Paramahansa Yogananda". I found the answer to those questions, or rather, the concept of Karma and clearing it was all in that one chapter which is titled, "What is FATE?". It is the 5th chapter in that book.

Most people who have posted here are pointing in a similar direction of the ways given in that book; however, it is explained much more clearly, from a self-realised master, and the how the karma works and the several ways to work them out are clearly explained in there.....

Mind you, don't stick the labels given in that chapter, just take in the essence of it and you will find that it includes a lot of advices given to you by some people who have posted here, but it just brought home the point for me - hopefully it helps you as well.

Jai Shri Guru,
Saurabh

mystic_saurabh | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 14:30
dhorai's picture

namo namah! offer ur ego to the master in me! or is not needed!

ego is the karma binding machine create a new name....

not om the conditioning agnya chakra nor the feeling i ego u r free in sahasrara...

play games... relax....\

enjoy the mightiness of ocean...

go and enjoy water falls or bath in them like kutralam or
etc..

sing songs of bhakti have sat sung....

go and help the true needy....

u can fund by yoga org whose aim is to manifest heaven...

daily write diary .....
mention the blessing on that day.....

my love and good luck....

i too suffer for strict following of dharma and not having my yogic childrens with me.......

can u get me my childrens yogic not all if not some...

for example i hear samskar tv for solace....

with love
dhorai.

dhorai | Mon, 02/09/2009 - 14:00
dhorai's picture

relax and play!

commit love..

negate bad karma by good work....

with love
dhorai.

dhorai | Mon, 02/09/2009 - 14:02
genep's picture

Karma and Maya

"Anyone know how one can apologize to karma? If I knew what I did in the past, maybe I could try to make amends."
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Twist the question around and the answer becomes Self-evident: How does Karma apologize for making Maya appear real?
-gp

genep | Sun, 03/15/2009 - 20:09
kain's picture

Two points of view in the Comments

Hi All

Funny that the old and the new (not really) point of views
are etalated :

-The old and proven idea of Karma, . . proven yes because it's
what do we see on TV daily, . . good and 'some' bad Karma, isn't it. . . . ?

-The 'Ramana view', advaida, so often misused actually on YouTube etc.
"Just know you are God and be free."

Yes, tell that to the 5 point 9 Billion suffering Jivas
(Jiva=Soul+Ego) on this planet and a little smaller
number of them not able to read your sillyness even or must work 14 hours a day.

they say :
"Realize God in an Instant and Karma will end. -
Be Passive : Everything will arrange for itself automatically !"

Wow, . . and people buy that , . . look to the moo films
and count the number of times he says : 1+2=4

That is what these days it is told on the web and conveniently
forgetting to say that it's the Karmas EFFECT on you that
can be modified somewhat and rarely entirely depending on sincere efforts.

But that would not do flourish fast enough the web based
new age -themselves meat eating- advaida teacher's clubs .

Look first to the story tellers behavior and eventual IQ.

I feel myself for the first interpretation of Karma and know of
only One Sin which is "Stealing".
STEALING IS UNWISE BECAUSE IT IS OUT OF LACK OF PATIENCE THAT WE STEAL, . . .
BECAUSE CREATIONS PURPOSE IS TO RECEIVE ALL THINGS FOR FREE.

Stealing a grain, an apple, a cow, a car, an election, a town, a wife, a planet or a smile or an entire Yuga , yes, that's what we did,
. . yes the smile too, . . that gives reactions, Einstein said and secondly there exists no "punishment" at all
You just have to give the stolen ware back : immediately or in time, . . . today, tomorrow, or after 8 big bangs°° to come.

You might have enough Karma to fill a billion lives.
How long we think that we as Jivas , -so convinced that we Are-, are existing already ?

And as was said : in your own self is the computer that does
the counting.

And Yes : Great Consuming Love can burn some of the karma damage or all°°.
So let's try to find a guy/gurl who can ignite that Love in you.

Maybe that Guy , who promised that to you, maybe, maybe
He was capable to intervene in your Chaurasi cycle , - perhaps He was A REAL SAINT and 100% One with the Almighty,
who has the Patent on Love. . . and
Maybe - if he was Genuine , like Buddha or Jesus,- because so many ugly false ones go around, . .maybe
he/she modified the creation from the big bang on, just for you,
and cancelled some 187 very unhappy next lives, some as a child soldier, sopme a a Lamb for the Slaughter, . . and you have to take now
some extra bad luck in this life , which He or She perhaps is also
capable of making bearable for You and even enchanting if you
follow(ed) His/Her advises. - I don't know who it was . . .
but I know Real Saints are there
and to be sure : Put a good detective on them, on the meat eating - - we do with our spouse so why not for our Soul ?

So, . . .what was the question again ?. . . . . HâHâ

Kain, . . . the innocent

I AM ANKHATON ON YOUTUBE BUT CANNOT REALLY PLAY
I AM ANKHATON ON OVERSTREAM.COM BUT HAVE TO LEARN THERE

I was preparing a website like this one
but it might not be needed
I planned just a list seperating the meat eating qurus from the veggies but it might be added here

That would 'seeking The Guru' much more easy

kain | Mon, 09/28/2009 - 13:12
rsridhar2000's picture

R.Sridhar Karmic account

R.Sridhar
Karmic account shall be neutralised by regular meditations.

The pleasure and pain comes ( feelings) which surfases the mind can be experienced during genuine meditation practice.

The ain and pleasure has two natures (a) The physical bodily experience ( taste,smell,touch,vision, hearing etc)
(b) The mind which enjoys a pleasure ( getting 1st in the exam etc or not getting thro' the exam (pain).
During meditation practice, both of these pain and pleasure surface on the mental plane. And the TRUE ABYASI Goes through its grind.

rsridhar2000 | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 04:34
Toltec Logic's picture

life's lessons

If you have awakened from the dream once, that does
not ensure you will not have to do it again. To put
it most simple terms expressed as the basic rules
for being human. Life is filled with lesson and we
tend to repeat these lessons until no longer
necessary.

Restoration of the celestial
within the temporal is the return
of basic nature to natural innocence

Toltec Logic | Wed, 02/24/2010 - 18:58
omsairam's picture

yes u r right ..that is the

yes u r right ..that is the benefit of meditation...
"JAI MA TRIPURSUNDARI"

omsairam | Mon, 10/04/2010 - 11:07
madhu's picture

BURNING KARMA

yes this is a tricky issue, but there is definitely a way out.
actually all karmas good or bad done knowingly or unknowingly in the past or this life gets stored in our astral bodies on our chakras and we have to face the consequences for them.
in kriya yog practises we call it burning the karma through the aerial route, eg like pranayam, asanas controlling breath etc.
first you must find a siddha guru who is self realised soul, and under his guidance get initiated in mantra sadhna.
gradually who awaken the dormant power mother kundalini within you, once by the grace of your guru you manage to do this, than the power clashes into all these chakras, each chakras can be described as a lotus containing petals, in which all the past life karma is stored, during the ascending of kunalini, the serpent power collects all the petals one by one, and once it is done with the particular chakra, it moves upwards, finally when it reaches the final chakra at the shasra, it meets its consort, it is here that it drops all the petals and embraces her consort lord shiva.
after this union there is release of nectar which keeps dripping from your pineal gland .
it is here that the kundalini begins to descend, and again crosses all the chakras replacing new petals to these lotus chakras, which are clean and purified.the divine power enjoys the nectar dripping into all these chakras, and than this becomes a continous process.
this is a secret science by which one can clear all his negative karma, i hope in short i was able to explain.
the very thought for clearing past karma, is a blessing from your guru, who you may have not seen, but if you pray from your heart, will soon allow you to see his holy feet.

madhu | Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:01
Toltec Logic's picture

the hidden master

Akin to making ceremonial offerings, 'Cultivating celestial
nobility, human nobility will follow. First there are hard
times, then there is success. We can be sure of this
principle."

Taoist I Ching

The richness of strength that is able to be flexible
and yielding is auspicious when meeting the hidden
master... producing or preserving richness of illumination
aware of perils arousing one's spirit forstalling dangers
proceeding with vigor it is good to attain
the proper balance...

Lake, fire, wind
earth; mountain,
water, thunder,
and sky...

"If you want to attain the Tao, you need to know
how to submit to it and be receptive to it, and
you must follow it correctly... If you follow it correctly
forever, there will be firmness in flexibility,
unconcealed, unobscured, never changing till death."

"Shedding the conditioned temperment, you expose
the original face of the primordial..."

"However, the way of transformation requires real
knowledge and clear insight. If you engage in guesswork
without insight, even if the celestial treasure is in view
you won't be able to use it. First you must see it, then
use it. Then there is no function within function that has
function... being and nonbeing do not stand, for and
against do not bind... making effort within the effort
that is effortless."

"If you do not wait for the proper time and rush forward
in hopes of speedy accomplishment, you will certainly
regret having beckoned danger... People who understand
the Tao, should know the dangers, and had better give up
and wait for the proper time...petty people without
knowledge act arbitrarily, in ignorance, wrongly coveting
the celestial treasure; they act dangerously on a dangerous
basis."

The Taoist I Ching

It'll Shine when it Shines..
precisely on the threshood
where the real yang
is in view
refining oneself
awaiting the proper time
correctly oriented
solutions can be found
even in great difficulty...

Restoration of the celestial
within the temporal is the return
of basic nature to natural innocence

Toltec Logic | Wed, 07/07/2010 - 16:29
Quantum's picture

Cenfession

If you're a Catholic you would probably go to confession on Saturday evening at the 5:00-5:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation. Father would absolve you of your sins, you go back to the Pews, do your penance of say, 10 Hail Marys, and promise not to be a dork again.

The following Saturday you repeat the process.

The whole premise as I understand it is that Christ died for your sins, meaning he took on your Kama in a really big way. And all you have to access this benefit is to accept it. Sins to me is the equivalent of the concept of Karma, in a manner of speaking.

I do see parallels, indeed.

By the way, this concept above became more evident to me after I read Autobiography of a Yogi, where he talks about how he (Yogananda) took his Guru (Sri Yukteswar??????) and about two other devotees on a trip. During the vacation, the Guru developed some sort of rash, or boils, or fever. Yogananda narrated that the Guru was taking on the Karma of the other two students--burning off their bad karma, if you will. So, in this light, the concept of a person called Jesus taking on the consequences of our "Bad" upon himself seems to almost make sense to me.

Hope this helps in some way.

By the way, the few times I did go to confession, it had some psychological and therapeutic, and almost cleansing effect. Besides, they didn't have $80.00/hr counselors, and psychologists back in the day, and confession is free of charge. :)

Namaste.

Quantum | Tue, 02/15/2011 - 00:00
mrkotians's picture

karmic awareness

Read the book "Chakra Healing and Karmic Awareness" by Keith Sherwood

mrkotians | Mon, 03/21/2011 - 06:37