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Why We Believe in Karma ?

Dr.T.V.Rao MD We all live in world with strengths and weakness, every body wishes to be successful and happy. No sane man wishes unhappiness in life. However life continues to be struggle many theories have proved that our destiny is beyond our control. When I was not well qualified, I aspired to be better educated, when I was finding difficult to make the ends meet and though of having more money. At every stage of life there is struggle to live. So many people are anxious to know about their success and failures from fortune-tellers and I believe and it is true the fortune-tellers benefit out of our curiosity and anxieties. If we analyse our past, each life is another struggle with the same basic forces and problems as the last or the next. The actual theme changes little. In each lifetime we face the same basic circumstances and problems as the last, the same wins and the same losses, but woven into a slightly different fabric. We even meet the same people over and over again -those closest to us, the ones we have loved so many times and who many times come back to us, as we do to them. Our karma inches forward slowly like a great river, gathering like little rafts, and new good and new bad seeds from each life. We reap what we have sown. Our primary aim, as spiritual people, should always be to ensure that we create and garner new good seeds and to deal with, work through and destroy bad seeds. It will repeatedly have come before your minds that in the law of karma, man experiences something which is so organized that at every moment of our life we can look upon what we have gone through, upon what we have done, thought and felt in the incarnations preceding our own, and we shall always find that our

momentary human inner and outer fate may be understood in the light of a Life-account, in which on the side we set down all the clever, reasonable and wise experiences, and on the other all that is unreasonable, wicked or ugly. On one side or the other there will be excess, which signifies at any moment of life the destiny of that moment. "Karma" literally means "deed" or "act", and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction,which Hindus believe governs all consciousness.Karma is not fate, for we act with what can be described as a conditioned free will creating our own destinies. According to the Vedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determine our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other lifetimes.Human beings are said to produce karma in many ways: And notwithstanding all this apparent and impossible confusion, there still remains a systematic Purpose and Plan underlying it all, and leading to some planned Destiny but a destiny which, as far as man is concerned, disappears into the infinite, and for ever keeps on disappearing not withstanding the ever-expanding vision and the detection of constantly widening horizons. Although many of these thoughts may appear to be paradoxical, the fact remains that man

retains a considerable degree of free will and the capacity to guide to a large extent the course of his own life and destiny; he has even been granted the power of neutralizing or wiping out certain bad karma accrued in the past, by initiating the correct redemptive action in the present life. One of the most effective means of realizing this is by leading a life of sacrifice and of dedicated and loving service of the fellow man 'What man has made he can unmake'. Man was never intended to be the helpless victim of circumstance for life after life the soul returns, utilizing a physical instrument to gain experience, and training this tool to become the intelligent arbiter of its own fate and a conscious exponent of the indwelling divinity. So the no two individuals have same fortunes and destinies in spite of same efforts, being the children of the same parents. Science still cannot answer the meaning of destiny. I feel making our lives purposeful can change our destiny? Email