Episode # 374 – Key takeaway from the “Karma Theory” – As you sow.. So you reap!!!


In the previous episode, we had witnessed a very important excerpt of the “Karma theory” as explained by both Valmiki Ramayana and Vidura. Of course, the Valmiki Ramayana explains it in an indirect way through the incident of Bhagawan Rama killing Shubaahu and “chasing away” Maareecha to the far-off ocean. However, Vidura seems to hit the point straightaway here – He directly explains King Dhirdiraashtra that when a person passes away from this world, none but only his / her “Karma” would follow him / her for all the “n” number of births that are to follow! This is of course an important message not only for King Dhirdiraashtra but for all of us as well. Whenever we’re about to perform any action (“Karma”), we should think twice before committing ourselves into it. We should use our sense of discrimination to check whether we’re doing this action on purpose of fulfilling a “Dharma” or are we performing this action in a hasty manner, which might pull us into the path of “Adharma”. Thus the choice is ours! It is upto us to use our intellect and do the needful!

Now to extend this context to the modern-day scenario, many of us have cultivated this “habit” of blaming Bhagawan for whatever sufferings that we undergo in life! We can see this everywhere and even within all of us too. In fact, (on a lighter note) myself as a person who is explaining this to all our readers, I’m also not an exception to this! 😊 Whenever we undergo a stressful situation or when the going gets tough, we immediately wash our hands off it and conveniently put the blame on Bhagawan and our horoscope for whatever misery happens to us. Now the question here is whether this is a right approach that we’re taking towards life. How do we answer this important question, with whatever Vidura and Bhagawan Rama had illustrated to us? Let’s have a detailed discussion today.

In fact, we can look at this question in two dimensions. (Of course, there might be many other dimensions as well, and maybe, our readers can come up with them while giving your comments and feedbacks!) On the first dimension – As per the “Karma theory”, it is very clear that, as we sow, so we reap! If we perform good actions according to the path of “Dharma”, we’re going to definitely reap the good benefits for them. If we’re performing some bad actions owing to whatsoever reasons, we’re on course to reap the ill-effects for what we’ve done. This is like an examination that we write – If we’re knowing the answers for all the questions in the question paper and if we’re consciously answering them with all our preparation, we can expect good results to come. Else, we would have to face failure and the consequences attached to that. Hence, if we are undergoing sorrowful situations in life, we should understand that these situations are resultants of some bad actions that we might have performed in our past. Perhaps, sometimes we might not be able to connect the “cause” and the “effect” very easily because of the uncertainty of the time in between. As Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA) puts it beautifully in perspective, the “time-lag” between our actions and their resultant outcomes is completely out of our control – In other words, we might currently be experiencing the resultant outcomes of some of our actions that we might have performed during our last birth! Or, we might be experiencing the resultant outcomes of some of our actions that we might have performed yesterday too! However, one point is sure – There is no escape from experiencing the resultant outcomes for whatever good or bad actions that we perform.

Hence, the sole reason for both our happiness and sorrow in life, is we ourselves! If we are solely responsible for our situations, what is the point in blaming Bhagawan for what we’re undergoing? What can Bhagawan do in the middle of all this? We should give this point a serious thought for today! If we’re the sole cause of our actions, why to blame someone else who is not even in the picture? 😊 Hence, we should develop the maturity to deal with any kind of situation in life (both happy and sad) with a strong will power and of course by seeking and invoking Bhagawan’s grace.

Now on to the second dimension – With respect to our horoscope, the planetary positions that it depicts, is solely dependant on our past “Karma” that we have accumulated over many births (“Sanchita Karma”). Our readers should understand this very clearly. Of course, many of us might know that our horoscope chart is predicted based on the date and the time of our birth from our mother’s womb. This is totally out of our hands and is the act of Bhagawan. If we’re born with a certain planetary position in our horoscope, we can never change it and we’ve to live with it all through our life. Of course, there might be some “remedial prayers” (“Parihaara”) suggested by many astrologers, but all of it would work only to a certain extent. There can never be an escape or a “short-cut” route to come out of our “Karma” just like that! If that was so easy, everybody in this world who do the “remedial prayers” should be happy! But is that the case? The answer is “No”!

Hence again, we should think over this point, and should develop the maturity to take life as it is and face the problems and challenges that come through. The ultimate message from this episode is that, everybody in this world would have problems and happy moments alternating at different times and phases of life. It is upto us to treat them separately and face life as it is, instead of cribbing and crying. We shall continue this important discussion in the next episode too, with an interesting instance from the Valmiki Ramayana! Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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