Sanskaar and Karm
All living beings when born, come with two realities embedded, and when they die they also take with them the modified version of the two qualities that they had come with. The first quality is described by the world ‘Sanskaar’ which is difficult to translate in English but which roughly translates as- embedded subconscious behavior that has been learnt and ingrained over many lifetimes so that it has become second nature. And the second quality is the Karmic account of an individual.
We frequently observe that people have very different kinds of lives. Even twins born under the same planetary and stellar configurations often end up leading very different lives. One twin may become rich while the other languishes in poverty. One may enjoy good health while the other suffers from poor health. Some people find fame, fortune and an easy life while many people live a life of misfortune, misery and difficulty. And sometimes fortunes change dramatically. Many people face a tough later part of life after an abundant youth while it is the reverse for many others. All in all, there are as many types of fate as there are people in this world. The question naturally arises – how are the lives of different living beings so different? The answer lies in individual combinations of the two qualities mentioned above, namely Sanskaar and Karmic account.
When a person arrives with good Sanskaar, his thinking, beliefs and actions are positive, constructive and compassionate towards others. If the Sanskaar of a person is bad, then that person proves to be the opposite – cruel instead of kind, negative instead of positive, destructive instead of constructive. Thus Sanskaar determines the way we deal with the world instinctively. On the other hand the balance in the karmic account determines the quality of life that a person experiences. If the balance is good and consists of good deeds, then a person experiences an abundant life but if the balance is negative and sinful, then suffering occurs. The exact nature of life depends on the actual balance in each person’s karmic account.
This is why one should be careful not to accumulate a negative karmic balance. And we should remember that since the entire universe is constructed on the basis of the law of karma, even God will not come to change your karmic account. Your karmic account can be altered by no one except yourself – your own efforts and your own karmas or, sometimes, by the grace of the guru. All that God does is to give, through the aegis of the guru, the gift of true knowledge to help you understand this and be ultimately free of the cycle of karma.
So don’t blame God for something that is of your making or unmaking. God loves us unconditionally and he only wants us to come to him in the light of love and knowledge. For him, however, our journey is our choice and he gives us the gift of free will to choose our own path. Whatever be our path, whenever we ask for guidance or release, he does guide us, but only in a way that we permit as per our limited understanding and belief systems.
God says in the Bhagwat Geeta, chapter 18 verse 12, that the person who is not able to renounce the ownership of his actions in this life is fated to experience the good, bad and mixed fruits of those actions in his next life. Thus such a person ensures his rebirth by being attached to the actions he takes in his life.
So what I, Aadishree, say is this: try to give up ownership of the actions you take. If you cannot do so, at least give up negative actions since those will bear bitter fruit sooner or later and trap you in misery. So I advise all of you to at least reduce your negative karmic account to zero.
Let me explain this in detail. Suppose you say something to a person that troubles him so much that he has a heart attack. What kind of karma is that? Of course that is a sinful act. Now suppose after that, you open a charitable hospital and that hospital saves the life of a thousand patients. That would obviously be a great act of piety. The question is, since you saved a thousand lives and took one life by your harsh words, would your karmic account be 999 on the plus side?
No, friends! The answer is that you will experience the happiness of a thousand good deeds and also the sorrow of that one evil deed. That is how the law of karma works and that is why the lives of people are so complicated and different from each other. Each person has a unique combination of good, bad and mixed type of deeds to account for.
So, friends and fellow devotees, I advise all of you to settle your negative karmas quickly. Do those things that will reduce your negative karma to zero. Call that one person to whom you caused grief and ask for his forgiveness and make up with him… Only that will heal that negative karma. Being nice to someone else will not heal that negative karma. Once you do that, your life will be blissful and simple and you will be able to inculcate those spiritual values easily that allow Moksha or enlightenment.
What are the Godly attributes that must be part of your Sanskaar? Giving unconditional love to fellow travelers on the journey called life; being compassionate; being peaceful; abandoning anger; speaking softly and saying words that heal pain and sorrow; helping others when they are in difficulty; and being 100% truthful and fearless in thought, deed and words.
When these qualities become second nature to you and you don’t have to think about them, when they emerge on their own and when you have reduced your karmic account to zero, that is when your soul will achieve Moksha naturally and easily like a hydrogen filled balloon rising in the air. That’s when you will attain your natural place with the Lord in his personal abode…