In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on how do we reach “Vaikunta” or “Moksha” or “Paramapada”. We’ve also witnessed that all these three “terminologies” mean the same, and attaining it requires us to neutralize both our “Paapa” and “Punya” accounts (Karma). We’ve witnessed how we take repeated births in this “Manushya Lokha”, due to our “Karma” and the nature of it. If we’ve accumulated exceptionally good “Karma”, we’re going to get the highest human birth and that too with all the luxuries one can ask for. If otherwise, we’re going to take births of animals, insects, plants, germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. We’ve to go through the entire cycle and finally obtain a human form, so as to strive for reaching the ultimate “Moksha”. Now that all of us have already traversed through all of those stages and have attained a blessed human birth with Bhagawan’s divine grace, we should utilize this opportunity to strive hard for attaining “Moksha” and becoming “Muktaatmas”.
We had concluded yesterday’s episode with an important open-ended point of discussion – How do we neutralize both our “Paapa” and “Punya” accounts? Of course, we can avoid performing the “Paapa” Karma as much as possible from our end. It’s quite a doable task for us to refrain from important activities that would enhance our “Paapa” account. However, what about the “Punya” account? How do we neutralize that? Should we stop doing “Punya” Karma in this world, just because we’ve to attain “Moksha”? If we stop doing the “Punya” Karma that we’re doing right now, how will this world function and sustain? How do we balance both? This is where we often chant this following sloka:
“Kaayenavaacha manse indriyairvaa buddhyaatmanaava prakritesvabhaavaath!
Karomi yath yath sakalam parasmai Naaraayanaayeti samarpayaami!!”
We might know this sloka very well – We chant this sloka at the end of our “Sandhyavandanam” practice everyday, as well as towards the end of the Vishnu Sahasranaama. Now what is the meaning of this sloka? What are we trying to convey to Bhagawan by chanting this sloka? The sloka explains thus, “Oh Bhagawan Narayana! I do not wish to experience the effects of whatever “Punya” Karma that I’m performing! Of course, as per your instruction, I had performed all the “Punya” Karma. I performed all the good deeds in this world, not for experiencing my selfish benefits out of it, but for making you happy! I performed these good deeds just to see you smile! I would like to submit all the aftereffects of my good deeds under the divine lotus feet of yours!” Also, we often say this as well – “Sarvam Shri Krishnaarpanamastu!” We often say this at the end of any important spiritual practice like “Yaaga” or “Yagnya” or whatever. Why do we say this? This implies that whatever good experiences that I would receive at the end of this spiritual practice, I selflessly surrender them to Bhagawan Krishna’s divine lotus feet! Isn’t it real “detachment”?
As we understand this important point, we might have a counter question here – “If we submit all our “Punya” to Bhagawan Krishna, what is he going to do with all of it?” The simple answer for this question is that, He’s not going to do anything with our Punya and Paapa Karma. Bhagwan Krishna Himself reveals in the Bhagawad Gita isn’t it? No form of Punya or Paapa Karma can affect Him in any way. He is beyond all of this! In fact, what is “Punya” and what is “Paapa”? Any activity that we do, which brings immense happiness to Bhagawan’s heart, is called “Punya” and any activity that we do, which brings sadness to Bhagawan’s heart is called “Paapa”! Thus, we should make sure that our activities should always bring immense happiness to Bhagawan every passing day! If we continue doing this, and if we’re surrendering all the aftereffects of our “Punya” Karma to Bhagawan’s feet, “Moksha” is inevitable for all of us. This is the most important point that we should understand from this discussion.
Thus, as a summary, if we’ve to attain Moksha, we should be able to neutralize both the “Paapa” and “Punya” Karma. “Paapa” Karma can be neutralized by refraining totally from doing them. “Punya” Karma can be neutralized by surrendering all the benefits of it to Bhagawan’s feet. Once we do so, we can be rest assured that we’re on our way to attain “Moksha”.
Moving on further, we’re going to analyse why are we involving ourselves into any action that we do everyday. As we’ve witnessed already, we’ve taken this human birth because of our past “Karma” – Both “Paapa” and “Punya” together. In this human birth, we perform enormous amounts of “Karma” (again, both “Punya” and “Paapa” Karma), owing to the directions in which our sense organs drag us towards! An important question thereby arises here – What makes us perform any action that we keep performing day in and day out? Can this action be avoided or modified based on the “Punya” or “Paapa” involved in it? An important discussion on this front awaits us in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂