MKS Says Let us dig in with a quote of Swami Vivekananda:
“Thus it is that the Vedas proclaim not a dreadful combination of unforgiving laws, not an endless prison of cause and effect, but that at the head of these laws, in and through every particle of matter and force, stands One “by whose command the wind blows, the fire burns, the clouds rain, the death stalks upon the earth”…And how to worship Him? Through LOVE!
A ll Actions (Karma) have an impact on the results and experience.Some times the results are immediate (and so can be identified), sometimes delayed (hence inscrutable). When we do not know the cause we also use the word ‘coincidence’ (Edhrichhaya) or ‘fate’. Some times the impact may not be distinct – it can a combination of more than one ‘karma’ and the impact can be a modifying effect only…
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 Sun shines the moon herself dims!
Another example for (2) above: 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!
When a person succeeds in achieving desired results by hard work, then he is destined for it.A person who studies and prepares well for the exam has to be distinguished from the student who desires to pass but takes no effort to study.Question is can the second person compensate by praying to God without studying? The answer is ‘No’. But by prayer such person may get motivated to study and then pass the examination!
This is a series of Articles on Hindu karma Theory by M K Subramanian. Refer [UR Here]