Contributed by M K Subramanian
This is an adjunct to Karma Theory is Bane or a Boon? -1
We also meet people with simple tastes, interests and aspirations. They are happy where they are, with what they have. It would seem ‘Karma’ has not touched them, or troubled them. The reason for this is that they are shielded by ‘Contentment’! Their aspirations are not high but match with their skill and knowledge. So impact of ‘Karma’ is not conspicuous in their lives. Such people define ‘Success’ in simple terms and achieve it! So they are happy. Lines of Ralph W. Emerson come to mind…
“To Laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one Life has breathed easier because you have Lived. This is to have succeeded.”
If Success’ as defined above is practiced by one, that person would pass over upheavals and enjoy peace of mind. Impact of Karma would be like the small waves in the sea of life and that person has just to take a timely dip – he will not drown!
An attained soul or a Gyani will also not be affected by any hardship inflicted by ‘Karma’. These persons are spiritually advanced. Anything affecting the body will not disturb their tranquillity. Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Ramana Maharshi, Sadashiva Brahmendra and many others belong to this category. They too were affected by some life endangering illness/conditions (possibly due to past Karma). But, in no way did they affect their equanimity, till the end!
There is one more category. Those belonging to this category are distinctly different from any of the above. They are quite attached to life, family and material world. Their wishes are not modest but go beyond their legitimate capacity to acquire them on their own. But they also wish to get free from the bondage of ‘Karma’ for ever! Is there a remedy? That’s the question. – YES! – That’s the answer!
Parikshit (grandson of Arjuna) ruled Bharat Varsh (vast, undivided India) for 30 Years. He was honest, valorous and righteous. But one day he carried out a heinous act. He picked a dead snake and garlanded a saint in deep meditation. Why? Parikshit was thirsty. He pleaded with the saint who remained unmoved. After the king left, Shringi (son of the saint) saw the dead serpent and felt insulted. In anger he cursed, without verification on facts. He said, “The person responsible for the act will die of poisonous snake bite in Seven days (Name of the snake –Thakshaka).” Soon the message reached Parikshit. Immediately he renounced his throne and left for the banks of Ganges. A crowd of renowned saints and sages had already assembled there in anticipation of a great event. Parikshit addressed the assembled saints, “I have only 7 days of life left because of a curse. Please advise what I must do with in this short time for deliverance and to attain beatitude?”. Before any one of them could answer Shri Suka (son of Veda Vyasa) arrived on the scene. He said in reply, “You are fortunate, because you will not die for 7 days. (Who else in this crowd can claim it?). That’s more than enough time to attain Moksha. Just listen attentively to my narration”. ‘Srimad Bhagavata’ was born. After 7 days Parikshit fearlessly gave up his body and merged with God Head. He was benefitted by the ‘external force’ acting on him. He needed only implicit faith and active Listening to bring in the result. The curse (‘Karma’) was a boon! Efficacy of Bhagavata Dharma was established to benefit all humanity!
There is hope for all! ‘Bhagavata’ Dharma is for the current times and for ordinary people!