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Guru Vachaka Kovai

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Published by: Self Inquiry of Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi on Jul 17, 2012
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(Iru Vinai Tiran)

570. So long as one thinks ‘I, an individual, am existing’, it
is proper to accept the theory that – on account of
egoism, the attachment to the body – one certainly
has to do [with a sense of doership] the two kinds of
karma [good and bad] and to experience their fruits.

Sadhu Om: No one can deny the karma theory – the theory that
everyone has to do actions [karmas] and reap [experience] their
fruits – so long as there exists doership, which is the very nature of
the ego. Refer also to verse 38 of Ulladu Narpadu in which Sri
Bhagavan says, “Only if we are the doer of actions, will we have to
experience the resulting fruit...”.

571. God, the Lord of the soul, has appointed the ghost,
the ego, as a strange gaoler [or sentry] to protect the
body and extend its lifetime until the soul experi-
ences, without missing a bit, all the fruits of
karma
allotted to it in prarabdha.

572. It is only the results of one’s good and bad actions
[
karmas] done in the past that come in one’s present
life as one’s pleasures and pains, and also as one’s
friends and mighty foes, who are the instrumental
cause for them [one’s pleasures and pains].

573. Do not perform any good action [karma] through a
bad means, thinking ‘It is sufficient if it bears good
fruit’. Because, if the means is bad, even a good
action will turn out to be a bad one. Therefore, even
the means of doing good actions should be pure.

Michael James: From this verse, we have to understand that the
popular saying ‘The end justifies the means’ should not be taken
as a worthy principle to follow.

574. Those alone are good actions [karmas] which are
done lovingly and with a peaceful and pure mind. All

GURU VACHAKA KOVAI

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those actions which are done with an agitated, desir-
ous and impure mind are to be classed only as evil
actions.

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