Have you wondered why some people go through life smoothly while others face all kinds of challenges? The law of karma answers such questions. It states that life is governed by a system of cause and effect. It is a universal law, like the law of gravity. These laws are impartial. There are no exemptions.
The law of karma is akin to Newton’s law. It says every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Action includes the desire, intention and thought behind it. Action is like a seed that grows into a sapling, plant and tree. An apple tree will yield an apple tree. It cannot become a mango tree. Similarly a negative action will only result in grief and sorrow; it cannot give happiness. If you want happiness, you must sow happy seeds!
Karma, action, is the axle around which life revolves. You are a sportsperson because you desire it, with continuous investment of thought in that field, through vasana, deep-rooted interest, your inclination for it. You are a combination of all your vasanas put together; they are the blueprint that determines the kind of body, family, and environment you have.
Every action leaves a distinct footprint on your personality.
A good act will create good vasana, a bad act deposits bad vasana. Musical acts create musical vasana, and business actions make business vasanas. Vasana results in thought that consolidates as desire, which manifests as action. Action rebounds as more vasana. All living beings are victims of their vasanas. Only humans are gifted with choice of action. You can choose to passively follow your vasana or break free and chart your own course. Irrespective of your past, you can sculpt a brilliant future by consistently choosing thought, desire and action in the direction of your goal.
The theory of reincarnation connects the unexplained disappearance of traits and aspirations at death with the inexplicable appearance of the same at birth. It says the inner personality of a person just moves from one physical body to another. The movement of mind, intellect and vasanas from one body to another is called death of the former body and birth of the latter. Just as a person discards old clothes to don new ones, a person discards a body and environment no longer conducive for the fulfilment of his desires and moves to another body and atmosphere that may fit the bill. Thus death allows you to start afresh on your journey to enlightenment.
Of the total vasanas one has, a few powerful ones exert pressure for fulfilment. They are called prarabdha vasanas. They determine your birth in an environment that is tailor-made for their exhaustion. Once they are fulfilled, the next batch of prarabdha vasanas starts playing up. So you move to another body and surrounding, that is customised for this fresh set. This cycle of birth and death goes on as long as one has desires.
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