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Category: Karma

Faith under control of the Gunas/Nature

There are three types of faith:
Tamasic faith which is because of dullness. Like when you do not want to take responsibility or action and you say, “Oh it doesn’t matter, anyway God will take care of all these things!” (laughter)
Rajasic faith which is brought on by intense compulsion of desires and ambition. The ambition keeps the faith alive.
Satvic faith is innocent and is born out of fullness of consciousness.
Faith and alertness, though apparently opposite in nature, are actually complementary to each other. In the absence of faith, there can be no growth, and there can be no correct understanding without alertness. Faith can make you complacent. Alertness makes you tense.
If there is no faith, there is fear. And when there is no alertness, one cannot perceive or express properly. A combination of both is essential.
In Gyana (state of wisdom) there is alertness without tension and faith without complacency. The purpose of education should be to remove the element of dullness from faith and the element of fear from alertness. This is a unique and rare combination. If you have faith and alertness at the same time, then you will become a true Gyani (the Wise One)!

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Life

Life is fair, and it’s still good.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
Pay off your credit cards every month.
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
Release your children when they become adults, it’s their life now.
Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. Take a deep breath It calms the mind. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are. Keep an open mind. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. The most important sex organ is the brain. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’ Always choose life. Forgive everyone everything. What other people think of you is none of your business. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. Believe in miracles. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young. Your children get only one childhood. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. The best is yet to come… No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Yield.. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 —–By a 90 yr old Lady who Lived life

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Names

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Terms

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Meaning

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Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya Vashishtha

Great Rishis (7)
Maha Rishis, or Deva Rishis

The principlal powers of consciousness & life from the creative cosmic energy (Aum) & of the spiritual eye in man. (Light)

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Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa, Brigu,

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Great Sages or Divine seers

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Preceptor of the Astral Gods, liberated in spirit.

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Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, Sanat Kumara

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Primeval Four (4) Ushanas

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Ancient, Joyful, Everlasting, youthful

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Svayambhuva, Svarochisha, Auttami, Tamasa, Raivata, Chakshusha, Vaivasvata*, Savarni, Daksha, Brahma, Dharma, Rudra, Rauchya & Indra Savarni

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Manu’s (14)

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Creative manifestation & dissolution. Vivasvat* (7th) is the progenitor of the present race, Only 4 could create men.

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Aryama, Dhata, Mitra, Rudra, Varuna, Surya, Bhaga, Vivaswan, Pusa, Savita, Tvasta & Vishnu

Adityas (12) according to linga Puranas

Bright and pure as streams of water, free from all guile and falsehood, blameless, perfect, upholding Dharma. Protectors of all beings, who guard the world of spirits and protect the world.

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Ishwar, Hiranyagarbha, Virat, Pragya, Taijas, Vishwa

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Angels (6)

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Creative Intelligence / Forces Deities

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Pavaka (agni)

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Vasus (8)

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Vitalizing & Intelligent Gods

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Shankara, Kapali, Pingala, Bhima, Virupaksa, Vilohita Ajesha, Shasana, Shastu, Chandu, Dhruva

Rudras
(11 radiant beings)

Shiva & the 10 Pranas (vital Airs)

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Mooladhar, swadhisththan, manipura, anahat, vishuddha, agya, sahasrara

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Chakras (7)

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Sahadeva, nakul, Arjun, Bhim & Yudhishthir, 3rd eye / bindu, and the top of the cerebrum.

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They are twins with head of a horse but the rest of the body of human beings;

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Twin Ashvins (2)

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Vedic gods symbolizing the shining of sunrise and sunset.

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Marichi, Hanuman

Maruts (49 wind Gods)

They are described as armed with golden weapons i.e. lightning and thunderbolts, as having iron teeth and roaring like lions, as residing in the north, as riding in golden chariots drawn by ruddy horses.

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Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva

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Vedas (4)

Vedas means knowledge. They are a large body of the oldest scriptures of Hinduism

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Chitra ratha

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Demi gods Gandharvas

Concentrated on the Maya or finite perception of the divine eye

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Desire; The God of Love,

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Kamadeva

The first Awakening of Desire

Personified Creative Consciousness.

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Kandarpa

God of love, sex desire for creation.

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Kubera

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Yakshas, Rakshasas

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Dishonest, traitorous, greedy, selfish & possessive.

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Vasuki

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Kundalini

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The coiled sleeping Serpent

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Ananta, Shesha Nag

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Naga serpents

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Eternal, that which remains suspended betwixt creation cycles

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Brihaspati

Chief amongst Priests

Lord of evolution or expansion of creation through power of cosmic delusion

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Skanda, Kartikeyan, son of Shiva

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Among Generals

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God of war represents self control that drives away the ego & senses

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Om or Aum

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Words

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The primordial vibration of Brahman

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Silent Superconscious Chanting

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Yajnas

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Oblation, Praise, offerings accompanied by chanting of Vedic

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Kapila

Siddhas

Founder of the Sankhya school of Philosophy. Incarnation of Vishnu, an avatar come to earth to restore the spiritual balance through his teachings.

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Ashvattha Fig / Pipal Tree/ Bodhi

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Trees

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Has its roots in heavens, and it is a tree of eternal life.

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Meru

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Mountain peaks

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Top of the cerebrum, Sahasrara Chakra

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Aryama

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Pitris

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Ancestors

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Gayatri

Mantras

The essence of the entire vedas in one Mantra

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Vasudeva Krishna

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Vrishnis

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Yadavs

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Indra

Gods

Chief of Astral Gods, conqueror of the senses. Wisdom is his vehicle.

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Upanishads (108)

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Scriptures

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Preceptor
A preceptor is a teacher responsible to uphold a certain law or tradition, a precept.

Karma Quotes

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
― Confucius
Is Fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?”
― Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“it is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.”
― Jessica Brody, The Karma Club
“Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Once you’ve lived a little you will find that whatever you send out into the world comes back to you in one way or another. It may be today, tomorrow, or years from now, but it happens; usually when you least expect it, usually in a form that’s pretty different from the original. Those coincidental moments that change your life seem random at the time but I don’t think they are. At least that’s how it’s worked out in my life. And I know I’m not the only one.”
― Slash, Slash

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
“The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.”
― Ben Okri, Astonishing The Gods
“How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“Dear Karma, I really hate you right now, you made your point.”
― Ottilie Weber, Family Ties

“I was in the biggest breakdown of my life when I stopped crying long enough to let the words of my epiphany really sink in. That whore, karma had finally made her way around and had just bitch-slapped me right across the face. The realization only made me cry harder.”
― Jennifer Salaiz
“If you’re really a mean person you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop.”
― Kurt Cobain

Karma- revisited

Prarabdha Karma is a collection of past karmas, which are ready to be experienced through the present body.

Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your past karma that is being worked on in the present life. If you work on your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on.

Prarabdha-Karma (accumulative karma) the operative karma, whether good or evil, cannot be avoided, for the simple reason that we were born because of it, and we have to experience it in this life. ( present, continuous tense)

The prarabdha or accumulative karma, can also be postponed to future reincarnations, and because of that it is of a more voluntary character. The horoscope in this connection becomes quite a useful tool, a kind of blueprint, just like the way the knowledge of the seed leads to the knowledge of the plant and of the developments that it is likely to have.

In Hinduism, sanchita karma is the sum of one’s past karmas – all actions (good and bad) from one’s past life follow through to the next life. That is what is in store for us in this life.

Sanchita-Karma (operative karma) is the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt.

Agami-Karma (karma created in future), You are sowing the future seeds for future lives. As it is an open ongoing fluid account!

Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your “sanchita” karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to “sanchita” karma and are sent to future lives

Kama (desire) Dama (limit/control) Sama (deliberation/thought)

Kama (desire) resides in our senses, mind & intellect. The senses are the tools through which we experience & are the reason that desires  arise in our mind as we observe sense objects & the intellect finds means for fulfilling our desires. When a particular desire is important to us, we will use any means to fulfill it. But, we have to exercise our free will here & use our intellect to first control or limit our desires at the sense level, for example if you like a cheese sandwich everyday, then limit it to having one every other day & then further to once a week & so on. This is called the practice of dama (Limits/ control). Then after the desire is somewhat in control, then try to cut the desire at the level of thought– you deliberate if you really need to have that sandwich. This process of rationalization is called sama. (deliberation)

The 3 Types of Karma (Actions)

Sanchit Karma is due to our past actions what you go through in the present are the effects of that past. Either in previous births or in this birth.

Prarabhdh Karma is what we are experiencing currently due to our past and the effects or experiences you are creating at present. We are living that experience.

Agami Karma is the future seeds that we are sowing. Will germinate either in this life or the next. But you have yet to experience them. It is your stored future.

So, whether a person performs actions or karma by observing dharma/ righteousness, or not, the final effect leads to stored Karma (Sanchita) which literally means accumulation of good or bad actions. The final result of this Sanchita is Prarabdha (current destiny) which is the cause of present birth in a particular family of the gross body and its character, as the stored karma in their subtle form get accumulated on the manifested soul in the previous birth. As the stock of good karma would vary from individuals to individuals and Sanchita is exhausted, individuals come back sooner or later in this phenomenal world.

One’s actions are the “acted upon karma”. These lead to the divine law “what you are sowing now, you shall reap in future”. This acted upon karma leads to Agami karma, which literally means ahead or in future. So Agami karma becomes the base for your action in this birth as well as next birth. The birth in different kinds of families is not due to any accident or destiny and is due to law of Karma -as you sow, so shall you reap. No one can escape this stern law.

These laws relating to karma- sanchita, done karma, agami karma, prarabdha are “Adrsta”-Unseen where the stock taking of good or bad actions, merit and demerits apply. This is an intrinsic part of Vedic spiritual science.

KarmaYoga

Karma yoga explained in 3 definitions :

The first one is SAMATVA BHAV, i.e., EVENNESS OF MIND.  Having the same neutral, stoic attitude towards the result of an action whatever be the result. Our Raga Dvesa (likes & dislikes) are neutralized. This attitude is KARMYOG.

The second definition is  KAUSHAL, i.e. DISCRETION IN ACTION.  It means to use our  discriminative intelligence, intellect to see whether the action is right.  Buddhi (Intellect) will be different from one person to another– Kaushala – is our capacity to interpret things correctly. This capacity to interpret is discriminative intelligence. Then decisions are made according to what is right and what is wrong (Dharma & Adharma) and are not based on personal likes & dislikes or convenience.

The third definition is Dissociation from the Association of pain. It means tune away from the  association with pain and move your attention to other things. Understanding that it is usually a simple non gratification of desire that causes pain.

Karma involves role-playing. Sometimes a particular action is to be done only because you are in that situation. Events occur because they have to. Once we understand this, then everything becomes meaningful. Let there be no attachment to action and let the results be received by us with Grace. In short, Our choice is only in performing the action never to the results thereof. Usually it is our response to the result of action that is the problem

Law Of Karma

Mankind is bound by an incontrovertible Law of Karma…

Goodness, caring, nurturing, love and performing good deeds begets Happiness & Fortune.

Bad deeds, transgressions, hurting others or the environment around you begets sadness, bad luck & misfortune.

Indeed  It is the very concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect.