Essay on Karma

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Karma






KARMA and REINCARNATION
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The twin beliefs of karma and reincarnation are among Hinduism's many jewels of knowledge.
Others include dharma or our pattern of religious conduct, worshipful communion with God
and Gods, the necessary guidance of the Sat Guru, and finally enlightenment through
personal realization of our identity in and with God. So the strong-shouldered and
keen-minded rishis knew and stated in the Vedas.


And these are not mere assumptions of probing, brilliant minds. They are laws of the
cosmos. As God's force of gravity shapes cosmic order, karma shapes experiential order.
Our long sequence of lives is a tapestry of creating and resolving karmas-positive,
negative and an amalgam of the two. During the succession of a soul's lives-through the
mysteries of our higher chakras and God's and Guru's Grace-no karmic situation will arise
that exceeds an individual's ability to resolve it in love and understanding.


Many people are very curious about their past lives and expend great time, effort and
money to explore them. Actually, this curious probing into past lives is unnecessary.
Indeed it is a natural protection from reliving past trauma or becoming infatuated more
with our past lives that our present life that the inner recesses of the muladhara memory
chakra are not easily accessed. For, as we exist now is a sum total of all our past lives.
In our present moment, our mind and body state is the cumulative result of the entire
spectrum of our past lives. So, no matter how great the intellectual knowing of these two
key principles, it is how we currently live that positively shapes karma and unfolds us
spiritually. Knowing the laws, we are responsible to resolve blossoming karmas from past
lives and create karma that, projected into the future, will advance, not hinder, us.


Karma literally means "deed or act," but more broadly describes the principle of cause and
effect. Simply stated, karma is the law of action and reaction which governs
consciousness. In physics-the study of energy and matter-Sir Isaac Newton postulated that
for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Push against a wall. Its
material is molecularly pushing back with a force exactly equal to yours. In metaphysics,
karma is the law that states that every mental, emotional and physical act, no matter how
insignificant, is projected out into the psychic mind substance and eventually returns to
the individual with equal impact.


The akashic memory in our higher chakras faithfully records the soul's impressions during
its series of earthly lives, and in the astral/mental worlds in-between earth existences.
Ancient yogis, in psychically studying the time line of cause/effect, assigned three
categories to karma. The first is sanchita, the sum total of past karma yet to be
resolved. The second category is prarabdha, that portion of sanchita karma being
experienced in the present life. Kriyamana, the third type, is karma you are presently
creating. However, it must be understood that your past negative karma can be altered into
a smoother, easier state through the loving, heart-chakra nature, through dharma and
sadhana. That is the key of karmic wisdom. Live religiously well and you will create
positive karma for the future and soften negative karma of the past. Truths and Myths
About Karma


Karma operates not only individually, but also in ever-enlarging circles of group karma
where we participate in the sum karma of multiple souls. This includes family, community,
nation, race and religion, even planetary group karma. So if we, individually or
collectively, unconditionally love and give, we will be loved and given to. The
individuals or groups who act soulfully or maliciously toward us are the vehicle of our
own karmic creation. The people who manifest your karma are also living through past karma
and simultaneously creating future karma. For example, if their karmic pattern did not
include miserliness, they would not be involved in your karma of selfishness. Another
person may express some generosity toward you, fulfilling the gifting karma of your past
experience. Imagine how intricately interconnected all the cycles of karma are for our
planet's life forms.


Many people believe in the principle of karma, but don't apply its laws to their daily
life or even to life's peak experiences. There is a tendency to cry during times of
personal crisis, "Why has God done this to me?" or "What did I do to deserve this?" While
God is the creator and sustainer of the cosmic law of karma, He does not dispense
individual karma. He does not produce cancer in one person's body and develop Olympic
athletic prowess in another's. We create our own experiences. It is really an exercising
of our soul's powers of creation. Karma, then, is our best spiritual teacher. We
spiritually learn and grow as our actions return to us to be resolved and dissolved. In
this highest sense, there is no good and bad karma; there is self-created experience that
presents opportunities for spiritual advancement. If we can't draw lessons from the karma,
then we resist and/or resent it, lashing out with mental, emotional or physical force. The
original substance of that karmic event is spent and no longer exists, but the current
reaction creates a new condition of harsh karma.


Responsibility resolving karma is among the most important reasons that a Sat Guru is
necessary in a sincere seeker's life. The Guru helps the devotee to hold his mind in
focus, to become pointedly conscious of thought, word and deed. Without the guidance and
grace of the Guru, the devotee's mind will be splintered between instinctive and
intellectual forces, making it very difficult to resolve karma. Only when karma is wisely
harnessed can the mind become still enough to experience its own superconscious depths.


Karma is also misunderstand as fate, an unchangeable destiny decreed long ago by agencies
or forces external to us such as the planet and stars, or Gods. Karma is neither fate nor
predetermination. Each soul has absolute free will Its only boundary is karma. God and
Gods do not dictate the experiential events of our lives, nor do they test us. And there
is no cosmic force that molds our life. Indeed, when beseeched through deep prayer and
worship, the Supreme Being and His great Gods may intercede within our karma, lightening
its impact or shifting its location in time to a period when we are better prepared to
resolve it. Hindu astrology, or Jyotisha, details a real relation between ourselves and
the geography of the solar system and certain star clusters, but it is not a cause-effect
relation. Planets and stars don't cause or dictate karma. Their orbital relationships
establish proper conditions for karmas to activate and a particular type of personality
nature to develop. Jyotisha describes a relation of revealment: it reveals prarabdha
karmic patterns for a given birth and how we will generally react to them (kriyamana
karma). This is like a pattern of different colored windows allowing sunlight in to reveal
and color a house's arrangement of furniture. With astrological knowledge we are aware of
our life's karmic pattern and can thereby anticipate it wisely. Reincarnation: A Soul's
Path to Godness


The soul dwells as the inmost body of light and superconscious, universal mind of a series
of nested bodies, each more refined than the next: physical, pranic, astral, mental. In
our conscious mind we think and feel ourselves to be a physical body with some intangible
spirit within it. Yet, right now our real identity is the soul that is sensing through its
multiple bodies physical, emotional and mental experience. Recognizing this as reality, we
powerfully know that life doesn't end with the death of the biological body. The soul
continues to occupy the astral body, a subtle, luminous duplicate of the physical body.
This subtle body is made of higher-energy astral matter and dwells in a dimension called
the astral plane. If the soul body itself is highly evolved, it will occupy the
astral/mental bodies on a very refined plane of the astral known as the Devaloka, "the
world of light-shining beings." At death, the soul slowly becomes totally aware in its
astral/mental bodies and it predominantly lives through those bodies in the astral
dimension.


The soul functions with complete continuity in its astral/mental bodies. It is with these
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