Karma Theory Reviewed (1)….

This is an adjunct to Karma theory(3)…… Bhagavatham
MKS reviews….:

Was the saint (Atma Deva story)a cheat? He had said there will be no child born. What happened suddenly to revise that forecast? He felt “The mantra I chant have the power to bestow a child. But if their past ‘Karma’ is more powerful, it will take over from there. Either way, he was not a cheat! Because the fruit did produce a child.
Atma Deva’s Past Karma denied him progeny. He should have accepted the reality and looked for alternatives to lead a happy life. “Co-operate with the inevitable”, said Dale Carnegie in his book titled “How to stop worrying and start Living”! When someone gets to know that one source of happiness is eluding, he should pursue alternative means to seek it.

While riding in a car on the roads of life, make sure the wheels are pneumatic tyres. They can absorb the friction (shocks) on the way. If they are made of hard material, the shock will be passed on to the passengers!
Another example : Let’s suppose based on the the past (unknown Karma) I must undergo imprisonment. Let us also assume that my efforts are insufficient to ward off impact of past karma completely. Now, If my present actions are noble and in the service of humanity, (by deliberate intent), then I may have to undergo imprisonment like Mahatma Gandhi and others. The mental state of such a person will not be same as of a criminal undergoing imprisonment!
What is important is awareness that ‘Action’ and its consequences are related. So it is possible to act with specific goal in mind. But the effort should be more than the force of the past karma to mitigate/modify/nullify it. e.g. Stars shine. But when the moon shines, the stars dim. When the shine shines the moon herself dims!

Bloggers Note: Many Sadhus keep on egging us to reconcile us to our fate. The quote wrongly from Geeta that we have only the right to do our duty and not for the fruits of its actions.
कअर्मन्येवाधिकरस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
Everybody knows this sloka heard it many times but this is only half the sloka. Why the other protions are not taught because the people who are teaching (the sadhus) are violating the second half. So they will never tell you.
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर् मा ते संगोस्त्व कर्मणि
Do not make the fruits the motive of your action and do never make akarma (Inaction) your motive. So this sloka asks you to strive continuously relentlessly try and get attached to action as it is your duty and don’t let the failures deceive you. This was told to Arjuna to encourage him to fight.
In the modern world people like Tendulkar are doing the same inspite of many failures they are attached to their duty and hence comeback performing.
More on this to follow.

This is a series of Articles on Hindu karma Theory by M K Subramanian. Refer [1][2][3][4][5][UR Here][7][8][9][10]


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