You are suffering due to your own actions only

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You are suffering due to your own actions only

The reason for misery or happiness is only your action that was already done. The Gita says that the actions are very very subtle (Gahana Karmano Gatih…). I will give you a small example. While eating food, suppose a piece of chilly is left over in your plate. When it is thrown outside, it decays and lot of virus and bacteria are generated. Suppose, such virus affects the health of a good devotee who is involved in the mission of Lord; this has become the greatest sin based on the smallest piece of chilly. Your health will be affected severely. Therefore, the Veda says “Annam Na Parichakshita”, which means that even an iota (Iota is denoted by the prefix pari) of food should not be thrown out. Either you should eat the piece of chilly or use the powder of chilies in cooking the food. You can imagine the fate of the priests who throw lot of food in the death rituals stating that throwing food indicates their full satisfaction! This shows that we cannot avoid sins which are so subtle that easily escape our attention. You have to enjoy the fruits of your actions. Without knowing such subtle nature of deeds, people cry saying “What sin I have done in this birth?” They say that some deed from the previous birth was responsible for such fruit. They assume that they are very pure without doing any sin in this birth! It is not correct. All the fruits end by enjoyment or punishment either in this world or in the upper world (heaven and hell). When the soul comes down to the earth and enters a fresh body, all the fruits are over with a nil balance sheet.

But, the Samskaras (psychological tendencies for doing such deeds) exist in the soul in very much reduced state. The soul does again the same deeds guided by these samskaras, which are called as destiny (Karmasesha). Therefore, either enjoyment of the fruits or worship of God (theoretical and practical) are the two ways left over. God alone can burn your sins by His own specific technology (enjoying the fruits for your sake). The Gita says the same (Ahamtva…). You cannot escape the enjoyment of the fruits even after millions of Yugas unless these Samskaras are burnt by the divine knowledge, which leads you to God and subsequent practical devotion. People misunderstand that the divine knowledge directly burns the Samskaras.

The burning can be verified only through the practical devotion to God (Jnanaagnih… Gita). The proof for receiving the right divine knowledge is only determination and implementation in practice. The root of all these Samskaras is only attachment to the world. When this attachment is burnt, the Samskaras are burnt. But burning the attachment to the world is very difficult and cannot be achieved by the effort of even entire life time. Therefore, do not waste your life time in burning these Samskaras. You divert these Samskaras (good and bad qualities) to God and this is the easiest and fruitful solution. Suppose, you go on making efforts till the age of your retirement to get the relief order from the old institution, where is the time to join the new institution?

angel76's picture

The danger of mind-based modeling

Your description is not completely accurate. It is trying to structure the "cosmic law" into mind concepts and logic, cause and effect, "you" are the responsible for "your" actions - a sign of the problem is always when it manages presumably to do so, to arrange everything into nice boxes with no dilemma or paradoxes left - it is a sign that something there in the model is not accurate.

While it is nice to have such a model - the mind feels satisfied and in control, it can rest happily assuming that it is able to fully model reality, the danger is an ignorant satisfaction and thus idleness. Reality is more chaotic in terms of the ability of the mind to grasp.

The above approach of assuming to to depict reality in a limited mind-based conceptual model is typical to organized religions, beware of being a such. It is a safe formula for stagnation.

I suggest instead to investigate why it is so important for you to understand the "how" and "why". Realize that it is just the mind and ego that are putting emphasis on these "how" and "why". Instead switch your energy to the "what".

And if you cannot help it and want to read a good explanation about karma devoid of artificial mythical and cultural structures, one that is originating from the old Indian scriptures, I would recommend Misconception about Karma.

angel76 | Mon, 12/15/2008 - 13:05