How Do I Conquer Leftover Karma and Live a Life of Joy?


I’m 27 and have been facing repeated challenges since I was very young. However, I’ve always drawn upon my inner strength and the Divine help me to overcome my difficulties and create, more or less, my best life. However, I still find a residue of my old patterns, karmic or otherwise, still lingering that plays out very negatively sometimes in my relationships with people. How do I conquer this leftover karma and live a life of joy and harmony with people so I am not affected when they test or trigger me?

—Pooja, India


Dear Pooja,

Thank you for your heartfelt question on how to remain strong in daily life. It is wonderful that you have the desire to hold to God. You are already creating a blessed life.

Drawing upon inner strength and Divine help, as you already do, minimizes the effects of past old habits, karma, and tendencies. You are very blessed with the precious tool of having the desire to keep close to that Divine help.

When those karmic tendencies arise, talk to God. Tell Him: “I do not want this or that, I give all to You, please help me see only You.” Speaking to Him in the language of your heart will attract His help and blessings. Consider that you are tapping into the energy source already in you. Trust that you are with God at those times of testing.

Increase your willpower and energy by keeping your aspirations strong and powerful. Sadhana, Service, and Satsang are your most useful tools. These three actions will keep your energy strong and connected with God. Follow the soul’s desire to merge with the Infinite which is reinforced by meditating, giving to others, and being in uplifted company.

God does not mind the temptations, challenges, and subsequent mistakes — but our indifference He does mind. When the downward-pulling energy comes, remember to hold aspiration strong. and move upward with “the arrows you have in your quiver” — just as the Bhagavad Gita talks about how Arjuna held to Krishna with all he had, when doubts or challenges came to him, by using those arrows of aspiration. Arjuna was able to remain strong holding onto Krishna as his Divine help.

Here is an affirmation to use at times of uncertainty to increase your desire to hold to the Highest:

My will is to do that which is right to do. Part, all you mountains that stand in my way! Nothing can stop my progress!

Use this throughout the day for strength and encouragement. Never forget we are His children and He loves each of us so very much.

Many blessings on your efforts.

Joy to you,
Nayaswami Hassi