Monday, December 6, 2010

Adyathmic - Discussions -288 -[Karma]

Q:-  Karma Theory

Karma is the universal principle of cause and effect. Our actions, both good and bad, come back to us in the future,helping us to learn from life's lessons and become better people.

Karma is basically energy. I throw energy out through thoughts,words and deeds - mano vaakkaya karamaas, and it comes back to me in time,through other people. Karma is our best teacher , for we must always face the consequences of our actions and thus improve and refine our behavior, or suffer if we do not. The bondage of this karma or karmabandham is the root for repeated births and deaths and experiencing the pleasures and pains - sukhadukhaalu. Beyond this bondage is salvation.

Bhagavadgita suggests that the moment the fire of knowledge -jnaagnihi manifests itself the whole stock of sanchita karmas in the form of latencies disappear and one is above experiencing prarabhdha and aagami.

Understanding the way the karma works, we seek to live a good and virtuous life through right thought, right speech and right action and this is called dharma. We must also be very careful about our thoughts, because thought creates, and thoughts make karmas - good,bad and mixed.

I request you to listen to my humble understanding of Law of Karma.

Reply by SK

Essence of scriptures is: - Dehum- Nahum-Kohum –Sohum – which indicates the body is not the self – the self is that. Which clearly indicates the self is without the body. Therefore, the self is the formless knower of the body. Without the body, the self is free from birth life and death.  Therefore, karma theory, which is based on the idea of birth, life, death and rebirth, is a mere religious fable based on the body,which is not the self.      

Karma is universal principle only on the base of false self (ego or waking entity), within the illusion. The cause and effect is reality, only on the base of false self.  The fact is Atman or the soul or consciousness  is the true self, and Atman or soul is uncaused.   Buddhism says, there is nothing - nonentity. Advaita says there is some reality, even though things are not what they appear to be.

If one knows the truth, he will know there is neither cause nor effect. Advaith is to know, what is it, that is Real, and base the reasoning on that real.

When reasoning is done on true base, one has the yardstick to know what is truth, and what is untruth, and he will be able to reject the unreal or untruth mentally.  Therefore, one has to make sure the  self is neither the  waking entity nor self is dream entity  but the  self is formless soul or  consciousness, which is the formless substance and witness of the three states.

 If one accepts the self as body, then the karma becomes universal principal. If one accepts the soul or consciousness as self, then the physical body, ego or waking entity,  waking world and whatever one has seen known and believed and experienced as a person becomes unreal on the standpoint of the soul as self.

 By accepting karma theory, one is accepting the unreal as real, and permanently remains in the clutches of duality thinking the cycle of birth, life and death as reality.  Therefore, to overcome the illusory cycle of birth, life and death, one has to know the fact that, the body or ego or waking entity is not the self, but the formless soul is the true self. Thus the self is within the mind (universe) but it is without the mind(universe).   Thus the self is within the ‘I’ but it is without the ‘I’.