This article is graciously provided for republication by the author, Dr. Dinesh Sharma, an Ayurvedacharya, consultant Vastu Master, Vedic Astrologer and Ayurvedic Physician and teacher in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and Meditation for more than 30 years.
Can't ignore the law of karma
Though the karma theory appears obscure and intriguing since much has been said and written about it, it is quite simple to understand and practise. Most of us are aware about the cosmic law that every action has equal and opposite reaction.
It implies that whatever right or wrong we do, it gets reciprocated through an unknown and indefinable system.
Karmas are the actions we do. Human body has dashendriya manah (10 senses) for action and perception, and the mind through which we contemplate, feel emotions and take actions. Chaitanyatma (conscience) is a non-partisan observer of all our karmas or actions.
Apart from manah (mind), we have eyes to see, ears to listen, nose to smell, tongue to taste, skin to feel, mouth to speak, hands to work, feet to walk, anus to excrete waste and sexual organs to reproduce. Mind -- according to its positive or negative nature -- thinks, perceives good or bad, resolves and use the senses of perception and action for constructive or destructive purposes. This is the reason why sages and savants emphasise the need to develop a satvic (positive) mindset through spiritual practices.
Chaitanyatma records all our karmas. Even when we are alone and think that no one is watching us, it is still keeping a close watch and recording all our deeds.
Whatever modern science says about rebirth, the Eastern philosophy mostly believes that souls reincarnate in different life forms. The Vedantic approach to resolve mysteries of life is yogic, which is inner journey by guiding the prana shakti (life force) through already aligned chakras or energy centres. The external senses, even with the aid of most modern gadgets, have many limitations to unearth the mysteries of life. For unearthing such mysteries, one needs the darshan or visualisation of a truly evolved mind, which with the help of prana shakti has crossed the final barrier of Sahasrara Chakra. An evolved mind can explore and contemplate much beyond what an external eye can see.
When we visit a new city or country, we need to leave it without breaking its laws. We need to leave without doing any bad karma. Similarly, we need to leave this body without any bad records and unpaid debts. If someone has hurt us, we should forgive him. If we have hurt others, we need to seek forgiveness sincerely. If we have cheated, we need to repay.
If we have killed, we need to do penance for that.
If we hurt, cheat or even kill, we are doing bad karmas and polluting our pure conscience with which we were born here.
Our bad records will bring us back to repay everything. Karmas are like smart calves who trace their mothers even in the herd of thousands of cows.
Understanding the mystery of karma, Kabir said: "Jyon ki tyon dhar deeni chadariya". It literally means that I have kept my sheet as it was. Kabir is referring to his chaitanyatma-- that he has kept his conscience as spotless and clean, and free of bad karmas, as it was when he was born.
Moksha -- liberation from the cycle of births and deaths -- is possible only when we have truly understood the mystery of the karma.