Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Karma

Starting now, I will be writing a lot on my favourite topic - Karma.I have been reading quite a bit on it from sometime, and it really is a very interesting topic to understand. People may find it boring or may not understand it , but believe me , if you get it right, it will change your whole perspective, about everything. I am not saying that I am a pro in this matter, or that I have mastered the knowledge of karma, but I have just shown interest in this from past 1 year , and it indeed has changed a lot of my views. I have not read any Vedas, Upanishads, not even Bhagwad Gita ( though I intend to start it now ) . But from what I have read from various sources like newspapers and even the movie The Matrix, I have understood quite a bit or atleast got a gist of the whole concept.

So what is Karma ?? Karma is the consequences of our actions, or the choices we make. We reap the consequences of our actions that are governed by the law of karma. The ways of karma are unfathomable, but the fruits always correspond to the actions. When an individual dies, the soul leaves his body and adopts the next form according to his karma.

The karma theory only attempts to make sense of the mysterious, to systematise the randomness of happenings and to give a sense of purpose to life. Deeds a person performs by choice as a free agent determines the body her soul would inhabit and the family in which she would be born in her next life. She will be given according to what she deserves.


Well, all this is about the next life and many dont even care about this life, forget the next. But karma is not only about actions in your next life. The future course of your current life is determined by the choices that you make in this life. I read about 3 types of karma somewhere , which i will write about sometime later.

I havent read Bhagwad Gita , but I am sure its all about karma. I have read some small texts of the Book. And they mostly explain the same thing - karma. A small excerpt from the Book -

Krishna assures Arjuna in the Gita that the deeds of a person are never annulled even when they are discontinued; that in his next birth the negligent seeker of excellence recollects his unfinished project and resumes where he had left off; that he is born again in such households that are congenial to his inclinations. Our free will and dedicated efforts could be guided by what is encoded in our genes , what the religious call as " latencies " .

Its very difficult to put forth or explain the whole concept of Karma . But I will try my best. But without doubt, you will understand it only when you are ready.

3 comments:

twistedpsychology said...

about karma


u see most religions see life like a DRAG race .at the end u are put in one of the two places heaven or hell depending on ur deeds.

but according to karma theory everybody's are given an equal chance in the beginning
(see at as a qualification round) and their conditions and starting point's in later lives depends on thier performance in the previous life.somehow this analogy makes more sense to me.it sort of explains why we are all not born at equal positions.i dont think all humans are born equal,but do beleive they are entitled to equal chances.

but am an agnost,

Saurabh said...

Hmm ...

Interesting reading.
Though I am not too much of a believer in these things ... I do believe that every action you make now changes your future (but not in the karma sort of the way)

Maybe both are the one and the same things. I kinda agree to what twistedpsychology had to say though...

Anyways, shall wait for the next of your series on this issue ...

Ajay said...

Okai this was great.
i am hungry for more on this topic.
I had started reading the Bhagwad Gita, but did not complete it.
Well do post more details on karma soon. An interesting read.