Posts tagged: karma

May 05 2010

Karma and What It Means To You!

All these talks about karma and destiny are impossible to be ignored, once you enter the realms of spirituality. As you get more familiar with the teachings of spiritual masters, you’ll realize that there’s no uniform interpretation of the concept of karma. What is evident is that the meaning and importance of karma in our lives varies from one level of awareness to another. At the lowest level, where spirituality and its principles are met with hostility, the existence of karma is all together denied, or seen as an attempt to subordinate unruly mankind using the threat of “what goes around comes around” etc. At the highest levels, enlightened beings are free from karmic influence. Being beyond the mind and the body, they are outside of karma’s reach. From yours and mine perspective, what happens at the intermediate levels is of great importance.

When you accept that the entire universe operates as a unitary, karmic unfoldment of God Manifest, it becomes obvious that each and every individual element in it plays its part. Said Dr David R Hawkins: “In essence, individual karma is an information package (analogous to a computer chip) that exists within the non-physical domain of consciousness. It contains the code of stored information that is intrinsic to and a portion of the spiritual body or soul. The code represents a condensation of all past experiences, together with associated nuances of thought and feeling. The spirit body retains freedom of choice, but the range of choices has been already patterned.”

The concept of freedom of choice, the free will, widely accepted as the greatest influencer of one’s karma, is critical to the social structure of the Western civilisation. In Hindu culture, however, our concept of free will doesn’t exist. There’s not even a word for it. They see karma as action, specially responsible action, good or evil. For them, the word karma means to do, perform. They divide karma into three aspects: sanchita (accumulation of deeds from previous births), parabdha (part of the karma to be absorbed in the present life) and agani (the currently acquired, the results of which will bear fruit in the future).

It is evident by now, that it pays to be good. Give a little bit of consideration to how your every action affects your future spiritual wellbeing, and not only you but the whole universe will benefit. Yes, the collective karma of mankind plays an important role in how one’s destiny is shaped. Those who accept the concept of karma find it easier to understand why life dishes out some seemingly unjust and cruel experiences to the innocent, while the undeserving and bad people enjoy themselves with the spoils of their wickedness. Case in point: The now infamous Goldman Sachs employee Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre has bragged to a girlfriend that the firm was taking a “big short” position on the Gulf. “One oil rig goes down and we’re going to be rolling in dough,” Mr. Tourre wrote in his email. “Suck it, fishies and birdies!” What’s his karmic score? God only knows. It’s not for me or you to worry about; we have our own karma to attend to…