Man, Karma And God
If Man is the master of his fate and captain of his soul, why is he often found leading a miserable life? If man was born free, why is he found often in chains? If God made man in His own image, why aren't all doors open to man and why doesn't the ocean part ways for him? Has man lost his divine powers or didn't he possess them at all in the first place?
The answer to all these questions is constituted in one word: Karma.
The Making Of Karma
The literal meaning of the word Karma is deed. Karma is what we do - good, bad or wicked. We do Karma throughout our life from the day we were born till the day we breathe our last, without break or pause, consciously or unconsciously. 'Doing' is not merely engaging in a deliberate physical activity, involving considerable bodily movements or expending of energy, like throwing a pebble into a brook or tearing a page from a book. It is as much a seemingly effortless or involuntary activity like a thought process or a spoken word, as a deliberate physical activity as illustrated above, that constitutes your daily quota of Karma.
Karma falls under any one of three categories: thought, words and action. Whatever you do in terms of deeds under any of these categories, you are committing Karma which you cannot disown.
Thought Or Word, Deed Is Done
You may or you may not say a thing after giving it a deliberate thought. Either way, you cannot say a thing which has not been lying either on the surface of or buried in your conscience. Could you possibly say something in Mandarin or Japanese unless you were at least familiar with those languages, if not have a mastery or fluency? Not even if your life depended on it! Likewise, unless you had a thought, either active and vibrant or dormant, there is no way you could express it in words. Thought or word, the deed is done.
Remember the story of Leo Tolstoy who was walking along one day and saw a poor man sitting on the roadside, seeking alms? The poor man implored, "Kind Sir, spare me a coin." Tolstoy was full of remorse because he had no money to spare. He told the alms-seeker, "I am afraid I can't help you, my brother. For I have no money on me." The poor guy assuaged Tolstoy's feeling of remorse by saying, "But, Sir, you have already helped me by calling me your brother." Good intentions which are shaped by thoughts of kindness and kind words delivered with sincerity are a balm to many a wound.
Good Karma, Bad Karma
Karma determines what happens to or becomes of you. As Jesus said, if you so much as look at a woman with lust in your mind, you have already committed adultery. Whenever you tell someone "Go to hell," you have already despatched that person to hell. Your thoughts and words are powerful enough to cause the intended hurt or harm. More often than not, the person at the receiving end of your dark thoughts or foul words is YOU. The arrow which has been shot by you by executing Karma has to find a target; when it can't hit your adversary who is unassailable because of the shield of good Karma protecting him, the arrow boomerangs. Hence the virtue of thinking positive and necessity of loving your neighbour. In your own interest!
What you think is manifest in what you say although sometimes we say certain unkind words in the heat of a moment and then bite our tongue. We then justify our action by saying that we had spoken in haste without thinking. Now, is that right? No, it is not.
Secret Of Success
Dark thoughts, falsehood and unkind words, and foul deeds constitute bad Karma which brings misery, distress and failure in life. One has to pay the wages of sins. God never punishes man. It is man's Karma which is responsible for nemesis catching up with him.
If you have pure thoughts, speak the truth and act strictly in conformity with your thoughts and words, all the time and every time, you execute good Karma which is bound to bring you not only success in whatever you do but divinity as well.
On Way To Godhood
When one has done, at the end of the day, more bad Karma than good Karma, one is necessarily reborn to pay for one's bad deeds. When people are reborn, they commit more and more of bad Karma which results in countless more number of rebirths. Thus, man gets caught in a vicious cycle of births and rebirths. Eventually, liberation, Nirvana or Mukti, from the cycle of births and rebirths comes when one has squared off the cumulative effect of all the bad Karma committed in the countless number of births one has had. This becomes possible only when one consciously sheds one's human attributes like anger, greed, avarice, lust, hypocrisy, falsehood, selfishness etc and dons the robe of divinity which is rightfully his.
That's when people start following you, all doors are opened to you and elements obey you. For YOU are GOD.
© 2014 Kalyanaraman Raman