Will the sins and good deeds of our ancestors be transferred to us?

Chethan Prasad's picture

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will the sins and good deeds of our ancestors be transferred to us? Also, will we experience all our karma in this lifetime itself?

Parama Pujya Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji replies :-

The deeds of our ancestors form only about ten percent of our karma. This is taken care of by fulfilling our obligations to them by performing their rites once a year. However, our personal karma, which comprises the remaining ninety percent, can be got rid of only through external worship of God and spiritual practices.

Ninety percent of our karma is experienced in this lifetime itself. The other ten percent is transferred to the following lives. Yet, even this can be dissolved in the presence of Mahatmas by following their teachings and serving them with complete devotion and surrender.

Let us not worry about our karma. Instead, let us pray to God and make this resolution – “Let all the fruits of my actions - good and bad - be removed through Your grace. I offer all of it at Your Lotus Feet.” When we offer both the good as well as the bad in us to God, He blesses us with the divine gift of grace. The mistake we usually make is that we try only to give all the bad and keep the good for ourselves. That is why we don’t get Divine grace. By laying everything at the Lotus Feet of God, not only do we obtain His compassionate grace but also total freedom from the cycle of birth and death – liberation or Mukti.

mika's picture

It is more profound

This who answers the question is of course incorrect.

10%, what is this? mathematics or metaphysics?

Worship of God and spiritual practices have no value whatsoever and have no effect on our karma. To rely on these external gestures and acts is a wishful thinking but the essence demands much more - it demands sincerity and genuine will inside. Yes, it is harder, it demands inner work.

Lastly, the main sanskaras of karma which are passed to us are indeed from our ancestors but not those of flesh and blood who happened to give us birth but rather our ancestors from our previous lives: the persons we used to be in those other lives.

If you really interested to know about karma read the unconventional text in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/how-does-karma-work-or-acting-rather-react...

mika | Tue, 04/27/2010 - 09:43
PranaBeats's picture

Sounds very Catholic to me :)

How Karma has been defined in the first post sounds very religious and not experienced at all. In my opinion, there is no way of quantifying Karma.

I understand Karma to be beyond linear functioning. It is not created or dissolved from past or future lives/generations/ancestors but rather from the awareness we have in our action, to the presence we have in the moment.

I believe that this awareness or lack of it, is then manifested in past and future and wherever we believe time exists, but this is only a symptom, not the root of Karma. For me, the root of it is of course, as many have said before, desire, ignorance and more simply, lack of breath.


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PranaBeats | Tue, 04/27/2010 - 11:07
Azeemi's picture

Karmas are like Genes. They

Karmas are like Genes. They do pass on. To elaborate further, I will say that Karmas create Genes, and Genes create Karmas. According to Metaphysical Laws, it takes just one hardcore gene in one family to propagate billions of genes in the next generation. On the otherhand, it takes seven generations (family) to delete the bad genes/karmas. The good news is that a perfect Spiritual Guru/Master can help us change our genetic code within a shorter span of generation.

On the other-best-hand, our GOD is Evermost Merciful and Compassionate, HE will forgive all sins, only if we approach HIM unpretentiously.


Azeemi | Tue, 05/11/2010 - 08:39