Category: Karma, Reincarnation
I have a few questions. Do all souls require an internal practice of meditation, Kriya or something similar to it to escape Maya? Or is that only one way? Can Karma Yoga alone suffice to be enough to become free in Nirbikapla Samadhi. Also is Karma Yoga only effective when all aspirations and work and the fruits of that work are mentally and in the heart given to God? Can you reach God by merely acting and serving your immediate family without meditation? Thank you!
The soul does not require Kriya or any other technique to achieve freedom, but it is certainly a great help. Ultimately what frees us is God's grace and our ability to offer our energy and devotion completely to God through the flow of that grace. Kriya helps us cooperate with and attract God's grace. It helps us to work directly with the life energy that either keeps us bound to the world or guides us to freedom. Karma yoga (service) is also a great help on the path as it expands our sense of identity beyond our small selves and into a greater reality.
There are 3 stray cats using my home as their residence.
One of them has given birth here twice!
The cat & its kittens now run around the home, mewing from behind the bookshelf etc.
I want them out.
Is it wrong to do so ?
I don't wish to harm them, but they're inadvertently creating a general nuisance!
If they go out on the street, and later die, am I karmically responsible ?
Dear Som, I do feel for you, and have been in similar situations myself where I had a hard time making a tough decision. I can't help think, though, of a humorous short story by PG Wodehouse, entitled Goodbye to All Cats. It's a fun read!
But getting back to your immediate problem, think of it this way - if the cats continued to live with you, giving birth to even more kittens, it would soon reach a place where they would be overrunning your house! Are you willing to be so passive as to let this happen?
While all results of bad karma are also surely spiritual tests, my understanding is that the reverse is not necessarily true. When caught in a trying situation, I often wish I knew for sure the root cause. If it was bad karma, then I would be prompted to introspect as to what I did wrong and strive to avoid similar thoughts/actions in the future, as well as to respond correctly in the moment; if not, I would take it simply as a cue to focus on the latter. Any tips on distinguishing?
It is helpful to see karma and spiritual tests as one and the same rather than distinct and separate causes of challenges in our lives. We've attracted by previous actions whatever tests or karma we face at any moment in time.
The following are helpful quotes from Swami Kriyananda's Course in Success and Happiness regarding karma:
Over the past few days I've "done more harm than good". A lot. It's been something as simple as keeping a door open for someone who doesn't need to walk through it, to jumping the gun at work and trying to do something that ultimately gets in the way of other people's progress. Am I going through a karmic pattern right now? How can I more consciously correct this behavior and how can I tune in to what God is trying to teach me?
I am sorry that you had to go through these challenges right now. Everything that happens to us is a part of our karma.
It will be helpful for you to review each situation carefully, and get clarity into what motivated you to act the way you did. Was your motivation pure? did it come from a desire to help others, or did it come from a desire to control others?
When a soul evolves into its first human body, what are the likely characteristics of that person?
A person newly in the human body has animalistic desires and habits. It will use its body more for physical enjoyment, trying to get the greatest physical enjoyment for the least amount of effort (example: a couch potato). They will not be mental. They will be lazy physically and mentally, and selfish.
I was walking across a cemetery and I saw this grave with a person who died in 1858. And when I saw the name on the grave I had a strange feeling that I know this person or knew that person. Could this be a memory of a past life or am I just imagining it ?
It is almost as if I can see the person in front of me. Could it be that I knew this person or could I just be imagining it ?
Yes, it is quite possible that you were this person or that you may have known this person well in a past life. Things like this often happen to many people - little glimpses into one's long journey through time and space and through many different incarnations.
Hello, I would be grateful for your guidance. My mom taught me to hate almost everyone since my early childhood. I grew up hearing stories of how badly my father had mistreated her. So, I grew up hating my father, and thus had mistreated him. Not until after my mother's death that my brother told me those were all fabricated stories. Since then I fear that in my next incarnation I will have to face serious bad karma such as being crippled. How do I get rid of this constant fear? Thank you. Kathy
You have the karma to be born into the family you were born into. You were condtioned to hate by your mother as karma brought over from past incarnations and manifest again in this one.
At this time you have the opportunity to heal the hate you have acquired in this lifetime and previous ones by offering your sincere apologies to anyone you have treated in thought or action with hatred. If someone is no longer living in the body, pray to that soul and ask for forgiveness and let them know how sorry you are for your errors.
I have some Q's from Autobiography of a Yogi.
1) What is difference between Soul and Astral body?
2) In the books he says that in the Astral planes the astral beings Who have overcome physical karma and live permanently in the astral planes, reincarnate again an again to overcome their astral karma until they move to the Causal plane. But how can a Soul die by itself and reincarnate in the same astral plane? Isn't reincarnation from astral to physical only? What rebirth here means?
Paramhansa Yogananda taught that the soul is not the same as the astral body that encases it. In fact he taught, in line with the teachings of Sanaatan Dharma, that the soul, which is the pure reflection of Spirit, appears on the causal plane, not the astral plan