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What is Karma and how is it relevant to our lives? Part I


Let us first understand what Karma is and how is it relevant to our lives? Karma is the most widely used term in popular spirituality (with an exception of Semitic religions). Karma is believed to decide ones progress or failure both in the material as well as spiritual spheres, in terms of health, wealth and even the attainment of enlightenment. Karma is one of the cosmic or natural laws governing the universe. Though cosmic laws cannot be defined and can only be understood through application and observation, we will try to define it as much as possible.

Karma literally means action, whether good or bad, right or wrong. When it comes to spirituality we define it as the fruit of our actions. What is karma and why are there laws of karma? Is it a mechanical process to enforce order in the world? What is the order that it seeks to establish?

The intrinsic nature of all living phenomena is to give, to offer, to sacrifice itself for another cause.   This is what we observe in nature.
The nature of the universe is compassion. This natural compassion, maintains harmony in the universe. Compassion is the order of this universe. When any living being or living species have deviated from this order, the law is enforced to reestablish this order. "*/Karma is a conspiracy to awaken ones heart/*".

Karma is a living law and therefore its nature ought to be compassion.
It is not a punisher but a teacher. It teaches through life experiences, although one needs to be perceptive to learn. It teaches a person to love, to be compassionate and vulnerable. When we have learned the lessons that karma intends to teach us; when our lives have fallen into this universal order of compassion, there is no need for the conspiracy anymore.

Each time you think (perceive), speak and act, you are setting into motion the laws of karma. You are planting a seed. The kind of seed you have sown is the nature of the thought, word and action that you have set in motion; fear, hate, judgment, love, blessing, anger, joy etc. And every time you think and act similarly you are nourishing this seed. The seed eventually grows to be a huge tree, bearing tons of fruits. This is your reward or punishment, however one likes to perceive it. You are hated, judged, loved, and blessed many times over depending on what the seed contained when it was first sown.                           "*/You reap, what you sow many times over/*".

We are the architects of our life. Unfortunately we are not perceptive enough to see the relationship between the thought and the deed, perhaps the time lapse between the two is sometimes too much for us to keep track of. From thought to deed, it may take a week, a month, a year, a decade or more. Constant review of our life will help us to see the connection. The speed of reciprocation depends upon the evolution of the individual. Sometime reaching the threshold could mean a life time or more. If we do not get answers to our questions even after examining our lives in the light of the cosmic principles, only the "*/Theory of Reincarnation/*" can explain the rest.

The whole process of thought materializing into deed is a karmic cycle. Our life is a flow of karma.
An awareness of these eternal laws gives us the power to alter the course of karma, but not in the midst of the karmic cycle. We have the power of wisdom and the choice of free will to review and make changes in our life but not before the cycle comes to an end. A frog in midair cannot alter the course of its flight. Yet, on landing it can choose the direction of its next leap.

However we have already seen that karma is not a judge but rather a teacher. Therefore even in the midst of a cycle if one can learn their lessons then the karmic cycle is altered. The lesson is learned through an intense awareness of one’s thought patterns, which are creating such life situations. As one becomes aware, there is a sense of acute helplessness. In this state of helplessness, there is divine intervention and Grace alters the karmic cycle. This kind of liberation is possible only through */Divine Grace/* and not through any kind of human effort. */The other alternative to liberation is through creating Sat Karma, which we will be explaining now./*

"*/Life is a process of learning and karma is the greatest teacher/*".
But then a question arises "*/Why is learning such a painful process/*?"

The self, which has acquired such prominence in today's world and all the self centered activity born from it, goes against the order of compassion. Man has lost the faculty of feeling and this is a potential danger to the harmony of the world. Loss of feeling also means loss of responsibility. So nature is conspiring to break the self in order to create a compassionate world. The word "*/compassion/*" originates from the word passion and passion means "*/ pain/*". */Compassion means 'that which has risen from pain'/*.   We cause pain to others because we are unable to perceive this pain, and in this lack of ‘seeing’ what we are causing to others, sometimes creates feelings of guilt later on. Feeling guilty does not make us responsible, it only causes more pain. A suffering man only causes suffering to others. When one is subjected to the same pain that he/she has caused others, there is every chance that one will not repeat the same mistake. You now know how it feels to have caused pain. You are going to think twice, you will empathize with others. You naturally become more compassionate and responsible. These are the ways of karma, "*/by causing pain, it removes pain/*".

Now that we have understood what karma is and why there is karma, let us see why, there is so much emphasis on creating Sat Karma.

In Bhagavad- Gita Sri Krishna says, "*/Do your actions without expecting the fruits of it/*". But others say, "*/Think, speak and do only such actions that create good karma/*". Why is such importance being given to creating Sat Karma?

Let us see a story that illustrates the importance of creating Sat Karma.

Once upon a time there lived a pundit in a village. One day he suddenly had an urge to attain God and hence he decided to renounce all his worldly possessions and go into the jungles to perform penance to attain God realization.
As he prepares to leave, Goddess Sri Lakshmi appears in front of him and says that she is entering his life and from then on all luck will be in his favor. He tells the Goddess that he has nothing to gain from luck as he is renouncing the world. But then the Goddess insists that she has to intervene as it is destined to be so. The pundit agrees to this but makes a request that as she enters his life after telling him, the same way she must also let him know when she is departing. The goddess agrees to this. Now luck is with him.

He continues on his journey. Half way through the jungle he meets the king’s messengers who say that the king has sent for the pundit to be his new guru and advisor. The pundit is surprised at this turn of events. When he reaches the kingdom he is received with great honor by the King.

The pundit is in doubt about the situation and desires to test out whether luck is really with him or not.
So he thinks of dragging the King down from the throne. Thinking exactly this, he runs up and drags the king down from the throne. Everybody is stunned and angry. But as luck is favoring him, the dome above the throne suddenly cracks and falls exactly on top of the throne. Everybody including the King is thrilled and thankful that he has just saved the Kings life.

But the pundit is still not satisfied. That night he enters the King's chamber, where the King is fast asleep.
He just lifts the bed and topples the King down. As the soldiers come to give him a lashing, they see a snake come out of the bed and he is again saved. Now the pundit is convinced about the luck favoring him and repents for all of his actions and is truly transformed.

After a long period passes, one day he is sitting under a mango tree meditating. Goddess Lakshmi manifests before him, telling him that she has indeed come to bid him farewell; her time with him was over. He prostrates before her and thanks her, touching her feet.

The King then comes and asks him for a teaching and specific prayer to do. To this the pundit responds, "*/Go and perform this prayer and then return for my teaching/*". Saying so, he gives a mango as an offering. The King after saying the prayer eats the offering and dies. Unfortunately the mango had a poison of a snake, which had bitten it. Now the pundit is punished for what he had NOT done.

What does one understand from this story? When you have good karma everything goes well. The moment good karma is exhausted, you suffer. So that means that we need to keep creating good karma. That means we need to think, speak and perform only such actions that give joy to others and not pain. Otherwise it’s like the bank balance being empty and suddenly coming into debt.

 

The beauty of this process

Diksha=Oneness Blessing is a transfer of Divine energy which helps us to disidentify from conflict and suffering, taking us to states of inner peace, joy, happiness and Oneness

 

Diksha energy is universal & useful in all spiritual traditions.

It enhances our ability to connect from the Heart with the Divine & with all of the people that we love.

Many report that after receiving Diksha = Oneness Blessing they experience healing on all levels, as well as powerful and ongoing spiritual awakening. Most people are seeking harmony and joy. We have discovered that it is possible for everybody to live in that state of inner freedom, even permanently.

 

Oneness Blessing initiates a process of awakening the Divine Presence within you; taking you towards Oneness, and enabling you to see the reality of what you are in every moment. Also healing your body, your relationships, and recognizing the divinity in the experience of the present moment….

 

 

Conscious awakening is the ability to see reality as it is, without the layers of interference and interpretation imposed by the mind. It is a simple neurobiological event, and can happen instantaneously.

 

 

Conscious awakening is peeling off the layers of interpretation from any given event.  To the enlightened person, life becomes very ordinary. You walk, and you are walking. You eat, and you are eating. Enlightenment is not about having extraordinary experiences so much as recognizing that each ordinary moment is extraordinary in itself.

 

Before, there were a thousand interpretations in the mind for everything you experienced. Now, there is only the experience.

 

In this Divine state you consciously experience your divine self and become one with God. This can be experienced as a great explosion of love or joy, which is much more profound than any worldly pleasure.

When someone reaches this state of being, this connection with God, the Divine, the Absolute, they will surely have achieved the ultimate that being on this earth can offer.

 

You, your freedom and your liberation is what is most important to me.

Experiences

These are experiences from members of a Justice Dept. who have received Diksha = Oneness Blessing:

 

First of all I want to thank you for the time that you took to teach us just a little of the great knowledge that you possess, I hope this will not be the last time. It really was a wonderful experience as I now have obtained both physical and emotional tranquility. I also received new energy and motivation to live the now and stop wasting time in trying to solve what it is not possible.

 

I received a very positive energy not only throughout the chakras but it also filled my aura so please expect that I will be in contact with you very often. “Thank you Alexis”

 

The truth is that I liked it very much. It was one more experience for me in this life and also the very first time that I have attended a session like this one. I think that it was excellent and that they should give more of these sessions in this justice office. Thank you Alexis

 

I believe that this experience is really good to learn and experience new things and also to realize that is something else out there beyond us.

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