Friday, April 23, 2010

Karma - 5 lesser known aspects

The meaning of Karma is action in Sanskrit. Normally the term Karma is used to indicate the result of past actions. Here are some lesser known aspects of Karma.

  • In most cases Karma is equated to suffering but Karma can be either good or bad. When good things happen to us it is our past good karma.
  • Normally Karma is thought to be a result of past 'actions'. However 'action' - is not just physical action but also includes our thoughts and words along with physical action and the resultant is a combination of all the three. Example - Let us say we help some one in need. It is good Karma and we reap good benefits eventually. However, we do that help grudgingly (what ever may be the reason), the combination of the grudge and good action may neutralize each other and we may not derive any good karma out of this help. So intention also is very important when do actions.
  • Since Karma is simply a result of our past actions (thoughts, words and deeds), we can change our Karma by changing our actions. This is the basis of creative manifestation or law of attraction.
  • Some people believe that bad karma can be wiped out by some corrective action such as a ritual or giving donations etc. This works only partially. Moreover if the sole intention of a good work is to mitigate our past karma, it may not work at all. The best is to put continuous efforts to improve ourselves so that our actions become more and more balanced and beneficial in the larger sense.
  • We all are souls with a body and mind and it is difficult to conclude anything as good or bad from only physical context. For the same reason Karma can not be explained by mere intellectual logic and it is not always true that suffering is due to past bad karma.
 Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.
 Swami SriYukteswar, Quoted from Autobiography of a Yogi.