Category: Karma, Reincarnation
I would like to know your view on this thought: How can anyone predict my future if I have taken the choices in my hands, instead of passively leaving it to old habits, fate, and karma?
If I knowingly change myself, how can unknown things affect me? Or is my change itself a part of fate? Anyways, I don't want to be a part of the puppet show where my ignorance governs the show.
Your question is a deep and important one. Pared down to its essence, your question asks about the nature of free will and whether it exists. Or as you put it initially, if one has free will, how can one's future be predicted?
Let me try to answer your question by answering it several different ways:
During the past few weeks, two people have said to me they believe that individuals have control of everything that happens to us, and that we are responsible for everything that happens to us. In one sense, I believe this is true, due to karma we have created and must work out in some manner. On the other hand, I believe God is ultimately
You are definitely thinking along the right path. It is such a complex question that I thought I would share with you from a book called Rays of the Same Light. This is a commentary that Swami Kriananda has written on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. The excerpt that I give here is from comentary on the Bible passage. Swami Kriananda answers so much more elequently than I could. I hope you find it helpful.
I am 36 yrs and not successful in my studies, my career, my life though I love studying. For the last 4 years I have been following Shirdi Sai Baba path. I completely surrendered to HIM & want to change myself. Now I am jobless while my wife earns. I am taking care of my kids while she works. I am suffering with my fickle mind. Is there any reason (Bad Karma) for this unreasonable situation like this? When this will end up? I took up spiritual path to experience HIM. How to overcome fickle mind?
The mind, like the ego of which it is a part, is a fickle friend and a terrible foe. Through the self effort of concentration and meditation, we draw the grace to be changed and transformed. It would be more helpful to see your challenges and present circumstances not as "bad" karma, but an opportunity to overcome obstacles. In this way, you can view your challenges as a gift, given to you to become stronger.
Hari Prasad Sahu
What are the symptoms, when one undergoes the process of karmic clearing?
How long does the process continue?
Does it happen phases? If so, how many times ?
How could we know that the karma ended ?
Dear Hari Prasad,
I think all of us would like it if someone else could clear our karma - painlessly, preferably. And yes, there are many people who advertise that they can do it (the only pain being monetary). With all due respect, I don't think they are clear about karma.
I just re-read "Resurrection of Yukteswar" in "Autobiography of a Yogi", and in one passage it says "... Such beings have only astral and causal karma to work out." (p. 413)
I understood that in the astral world one could still have karma to be worked out, but not in the causal world.
Do you have any notion of what kind of karma we would still be carrying once we reach the causal world?
Let me preface my comments by encouraging you to again read the Autobiography of a Yogi chapter, "Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar." Your answers are there - and probably better ones than I can give you - but I'll do my best.
According to Sri Yukteswar, causal karma exists, but it is almost indescribably subtle. The root cause is the same as for physical and astral karma - desire. Physical plane desires are perhaps easiest for us to comprehend. Fulfillment of those desires requires that we be on the physical plane and the nature of those desires revolve around our physical bodies and our egos. Likewise astral desires. Fulfillment of those desires requires that we be on the astral plane and the nature of those desires revolve around our astral bodies and our egos. But causal desires are nearly impossible for us to understand because causal beings have no bodies - but there is still the smallest thought of separate existence from God - and thus the ego still exists.
Do all souls start out on the physical plane? The reason I ask this is that I am curious where such spirits as angels and demons fit into this equation. Are there spirits that simply start out in the astral plane?
On a related note, is it common to receive glimpses of one's previous life in the astral before our current physical life? I felt like I had a brief glimpse of the very end of my last astral life before coming into this physical body, and it has had a big impact on me.
All souls start out as part of God, as one with the Spirit beyond creation. It is said that God created all the universes, causal, astral, and physical out of Himself. This means that we, as souls, are part of Him. That is why we can truly say, we are children of light and not darkness.
Guruji, thanks for answering my question on living with Karmic Scars.
Guruji, I have another question, I have been observing from my childhood and with many cases, I have a firm beleif that people who are good die early. Is it so? I knew many people who were very good human and died earlier than normal age. Can you pour on some light on this? Thanks Rajesh
The answer to this question is based on the laws of karma and reincarnation.
It may be that the "good" souls you have seen who died early had worked out much of their karma in past lives. Perhaps they came into the present life to work out some last bit of karma that was holding them back. This might be a reason for them seeming to be "good."
Sir, I have always been truthfull and humble and seldom have cheated anyone, however, I got cheated by people which has left a big scar . How do I live with these scar's some of which have been very very bad.
Perhaps in some distant past (life), you had done something similar (maybe it was that person?). Since then you've committed yourself to honesty. Yet, the karma, not yet being completely worked out, has found you and you have become the recipient. I cannot say that this is so, but I can say with conviction that this hurt is an opportunity to work out, end, or rise above whatever karma brought it to you to begin with.