Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Stop doing karma
Hindu philosophy believes in the concept of Karma. Every action has consequences. If we do good deeds, we get good results and vice versa. The result of our actions may happen in the same life or in the next life (Yes, Hindus also believe in reincarnation). Actions become karma only if done with a sense of attachment and expectation. So, for example, if we do charity with the hope that we will be benefited by it, we are creating good Karma.
In effect, therefore, Karma is like a bank account whose balance we can keep increasing by doing good karma and we can keep increasing the negative balance by doing bad karma. However, bad karma cannot be offset with good karma. We have to suffer and enjoy the consequence of both - which probably explains the ups and downs of life.
As long we keep doing karma, we are bound to this existence. Doing good karma may result in our enjoying a better life but it still binds us. As long as we keep taking births, there are chances of us succumbing to temptations or be misled by bad company and end up with bad karma. We also know that as long as we live, we will go through some good and some trying times. How can we break free of this endless cycle?
Our seers have taught us many ways of breaking this cycle of life and death. I would refer to one here as the topic relates to that of karma. Lord Krishna advises Arjuna in the Bhagvad Geeta to keep performing actions without expectations of results. Perform actions / duties without any attachment and do everything as an offering to Me, says Krishna.
If we do this, we stop accumulating new karma. And when we exhaust the fruits of all our past karma, we have broken free. We attain Nirvana or oneness with the Lord. It is the destination that we all are moving towards - consciously or subconsciously. Lets break free of karma and attain final everlasting beatitude.