What you Sow, so shall you reap
Why some people are beset with aliments beyond comprehension in spite of a good life here?
Many a time we ponder over this question or similar ones like, why does my drunkard colleague have a lavish lifestyle and I don’t? Why an uneducated could live a big bungalow and other person who is comparing lives in an apartment?
What we have sown now, we must reap now or in the future. It is not God who is responsible for our consequences – good or bad. We punish ourselves by our own evil thoughts and actions. Good, worldly or evil actions performed with independent free will, or through the influence of past actions, are called karma.
What we are currently now is due to the outcome of our past actions. “Past "may be past in this life or past incarnation. Our physical body – the way we look, the family that we have in this life, our friends are all outcome of our thoughts and actions.
Every action performed- mentally or physically, consciously or unconsciously has a specific effect on the life of man. This law of action or cause and effect is termed as Karma. Action through ignorance, desire, selfish craving and instinctive reaction to self created environment traverse through thousands of reincarnations until it becomes conscious of this process and reverses it. Good or bad actions remain in our subconscious mind.
According to Karmic law, we attract everything that we thought of or intending to acquire so. The various grades of health or ill health, good or bad tendencies can only be explained by looking into record of past lives. Sri Sri Paramhamsa Yogananda said, “Be in the world but be not of it.”
Guruji mentions that effect of “whatever you have done you CAN undo” by introspection and meditation. Karma is often misunderstood as fate (something one has to resign to). Guruji gives us solace by saying that WILL POWER is more powerful than KARMA and one CAN change their Karma by strong will power.
The effect of an action by a person may come to him after he forgets the action and eventually he refers it to as fate. The seeds of past action can be roasted in the fire of desire less action and Kriya Yoga meditation. Kriya Yoga consists of body discipline, mental control and meditating on Aum. Patanjali refers to Kriya technique or life force control. In Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna advises his disciple to practice pranayama (life force control) or Kriya yoga to prevent his mind from wandering away from divine ecstasy into the domain of thoughts and material sensations. Kriya yogi releases his life force from five sense telephones and automatically finds that sensations have vanished from consciousness. Kriya yoga is airplane route of God realization - an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened. Life energy which normally involved in bodily activities like maintaining heart beat is freed for higher activities by calming and stilling the ceaseless demands of breath.
To overcome Karma the guideposts are: we should think before we act and act lawfully. This will help to control so called fate. No matter how great a failure, there are always success tendencies buried in subconscious mind. We should rouse these good tendencies by meditation.