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Four Types of Karmas - Commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Four Types of Karmas - Commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Explaining Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar states the 4 types of Karmas or actions: meritful action, demeritful action, mixed action and neutral actions. The very core of your existence, the Being, is free from all these karmas.
Explaining Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar states the 4 types of Karmas or actions: meritful action, demeritful action, mixed action and neutral actions. The very core of your existence, the Being, is free from all these karmas.

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Four Types of Karma
Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 20
 
There are four types of karmas (actions).
 
Meritful action.
Karma that gives you merits. You do good to somebody and they feel goodabout it and they thank you very much. They thank you from their heart and that brings yougood, meritful karma.
 
Demeritful action.
Action which gives you demerits. You do something to somebody andthey feel suffocated, they suffer, they cry, they yell and they are miserable. That bringsyou a karma of demerit.
 
Mixed action which gives mixed results.
There are certain karmas which are a mixture of merit and demerit.
 
Action which gives neutral results.
It is devoid of both, merit and demerit. For example,you go for a walk in the evening and that has no merit or demerit. It is an action.There are certain actions which have no merits or demerits. You are vacuum cleaning the hall, so ithas no merit or demerit. Yet if you are doing it to help someone then that is an action of merit.The very core of your existence, the Being is free from all these karmas. It has no karma. Whateveraction that comes forth from the Lord is not attached to any karma. Good, bad, right, wrong,nothing is there.
Vipāka
is the fruit of the action, result of the action. Enjoying or suffering the fruit of the action isnot there. These fruits do not touch that very sensitive, purest core of your Being, of yourexistence, which is the Lord of Creation. That Consciousness is free from this.
 Āshaya
means, latent desires, impressions, opinions, or seeds. That Being which is free from kleshaor misery; karma or actions;
vipāka,
the fruit of action and
āshaya
or impressions of actions. Thatspecial Being is
Ēsh
wara
or the Lord. And where is the special being or Lord? Not somewhere
hanging in the sky. It is in your heart. It is in every being’s heart.
 Whatever action you do, whatever events happen around you, it does not touch a central point of your life. That central core of your life remains a virgin. Jesus is born to a virgin means, the Lord isborn to this virgin area deep inside you, which is untouched by any event or happening in life.
Purusha vishesha
that special being is the Lord. When your external mind is worshipping, it is to thecore of your being. It is like a boundary, circumference, that is outside is collapsing to the center.When the boundary collapses to the center, what happens? It becomes infinite, limitless. Our littlechattering mind, when it prays, it prays to the infinite being that you are. That is prayer. For that
you can say, “Okay Lord, Oh my Lord, help”. Lord Krishna says, “To whomsoever you pray,everything comes to me alone because I am the core of the existence.” Wherever you worshi
p, it isjust an act of dissolving. Whichever point a sugar doll, a candy, gets into the water it does notmatter. It is just going to mix and become one with the water. Similarly worship is an actof  dissolving the mind
into its being. When you keep your mind on the Being, who is freefrom
klésha, karma, āshaya
 
and
 
vipāka
(you will find that) dissolving in it is almost instantaneous.Immediately your mind starts dissolving. That is why there is no difference between the God, Guruand yourself.
Ēshwaro gurorātméti mūrti bheda vibhāginé.
It is just a matter of words. Whateverthe Master is, it is nothing but the core of your being. It is the same as the Divine that rules thisentire creation.

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