Category: Karma, Reincarnation
Namaste, What is right between these two things?
1. Doing everything that we take up using all our intelligence, taking full care with much industry to come up in life.
2. Leaving everything to God, taking whatever comes on our way as HIS prasad and going spiritually.
Second question: Why everything goes wrong whatever I take up even if I am staunch devotee of a Satguru? Can't HE take away my bad karma so that I can earn a lot money and distribute among the needy if HE just helps me in crucial times?
Dear One, Joy to you!
1) Seek Ye first...and all these things will be added unto you. It is to say, everything we do throughout the day, we want to do it for God and with God because God is the doer. Every minute of the day, we need to offer every thought, every activity and, every desire to God. There is a wonderful prayer that helps us keep our focus on staying attuned to God:
I wonder about the concept we have about going back in time to fix something; would things really have gone another way? Physics now tells us that life is not fluid, but more like a frozen river and it would be possible to go back in time. I realize it may not be in our best interest, for we can drive ourselves mad, but it is such a human tendency. What do Masters say about this, if anything? Live life to the fullest in the present, learn from the past and look onward to the future?
I know why your question was sent to me. I have long been a fan of science fiction and especially anything about traveling through time. I even wrote a short novel recently called Through Many Lives, in which I describe a character who learns to time-travel.
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.