I believe the original intent of the write of the mail (Shri. Akash)
is "karmic quest" - he seems to believe that knowing one's karma
exactly will help one to avoid such negative karmas in later
lives......The reality is that God has purposely erased memories of
our past lives so that we do not carry the emotional burdens; the
lessons that we have to learn are in the form of our life
circumstances. By patiently enduring our sufferings in life, we
automatically eradicate all karmaas. There is no other remedy
necessary for a persevering person in my opinion.
HOwever, the vast majority of us cannot take such an enlightened
view of life.....Our sufferings may in fact detract us from our
spiritual advancement.....That is why, the rishis out of their
compassion for our souls have laid down various remedies in karma
kaandams to overcome evil karmas committed in previous births.
If we happen to remember our previous lives precisely, there will
be more confusion. Karma necessarily brings people connected by it
together so that they get a chance to balance the karmaas. For
instance, a person who has unduly harassed another person in the past
may be born as a relative in this birth so that the harassor can help
the harassed in many ways and eradicate the karma of the previous
birth. I will not be surprised if in certain cases, the harassed
person of the previous life is born as a son to the harassor of the
previous life; so the harassor - in his new role as the father will
sacrifice many things for bringing up his son - the harassed person
of the previous lives. He may be a patient father and very loving.
The son, may in turn respond to this affection and this way the karma
will be balanced smoothly. Now, what will happen if the son starts
remembering the old life? Can he ever look up at his father with
In marital lives, the confusion will be more profound! What will
happen if we happen to discover that our closest friend's wife
happened to be our wife in the past and we had a wonderful
relationship in the previous life, but due to some quirk of fate she
has become the wife of our friend of this life????; won't those
memories interfere with the smooth functioning of the society?
It is pertinent to note that Einstein said "God does not play
dice." God has evolved the script of the universe very perfectly; it
is not for us to try to dwelve too deeply into that unnecessarily
because it may open a can of worms. These are my thoughts; of
course, learned members may have different opinions.
Yes......going back to memories of past lives is quite possible by
regression techniques, and they do help in resolving some
psychological issues which arise from impressions of the past.
In astrology, classical works like "Agasthiar Karma Kaandam" specify
the likely negative karmas that the native may carry depending on
planetary placements in the horoscope, and also the suggested
remedies to overcome the ill-effects.
Chanting Gayathri mantra regularly, and some mantrik japas do help a
person in remembering events of past lives so that the karmaas could
be faced and eradicated consciously. For advanced spiritual
practitioners, these memories will not be disturbing; but, rather a
very useful aid in shedding off all karmic baggage. Advanced
spiritual aspirants can view all life events with perfect equanimity
and that is why God's Grace ordains that siddhis that a person can
attain are directly related to their level of spiritual maturity.
Remembering past lives is a common enough siddhi at some stage of
spiritual development for most sadhakaas.
Chanting Gayathri mantra, Raama naama japa( or shiva japam), etc. are
definitely good aids for removing our negative karmaas.
> Om Namh Shivaya!..
> Thank you Dakshinamoorthiji. Can you let us know your thoughts on
> the original intent of this email?. I am reproducing the same here
> to avoid searching and scrolling all the way below -
> Respected Gurujans and learned scholars,
> > > >
> >>I have been following actively the thread on the karma concept.
> > > I had
> > > > one fundamental doubt or question as you may call it for
> > > could find an answer yet.
> > > >
> > > > Since we are born and take rebirth over and over again, "why
> is > > it
> > > > that we cannot remember our karmas ( Dushkarma or SatKarma )
> of > > our
> > > > earlier lives. Remembering this would help us in
> > > atleast "knowingly"
> > > > avoid certain Karmic centred activities. This memory will
> > > help
> > > > the being to do better and strive hard since the data is
> > > available (
> > > > memory of karmas) and the being will be in a better position
> to > > judge
> > > > what is best and what next he/she could do.
> > > >
> > > > I understand that with this memory an additional baggage of
> > > previous
> > > > lives relationships and responsibilities come in. But again
> > > hold on
> > > > to these relationships and responsibilities is up to the
> > > individual.
> > > > If compared these additional baggages against the Karma's
> which > > is
> > > > being done in each lives, I guess the benefits of knowing (
> > > memory)
> > > > our Karma outweighs this additional baggage.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks in advance for your replies..
> > > >
> With Regards
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dakshinastrologer"
> <dakshinastrologer@> wrote:
> > Dear Shri. Gopal:
> > Sorry for the delayed response at the outset.....I was through
> > very tight situations in the past month and all my energies were
> > directed towards solving the problem.....Besides, I had some
> > religious duties and collective worships to conduct which made my
> > participation marginal in this forum during the last month.
> > I will quote the Chapter 6 Verse 1 you have alluded to and then
> > explain the words "karma" and "kriyaa" that you wanted to know
> > about.....
> > "Anaasritah karmaphalam kaaryam karma karothi yah
> > sa sanyaasii cha yogii cha na niragnir na cha akriyah"
> > The meaning of the verse is:(It is spoken by Our Blessed Lord
> > Himself)....He who discharges his duty without seeking its fruit,
> > is the Sanyaasin (ascetic) he is yogi; not he who is without
> > fire and without rites.
> > So, the word used in this verse is "akriyah" meaning "one without
> > rites". There are various obligator religious rites ordained for
> > orthodox sanadhaani (I prefer to use this word instead of the
> > "Hindu"). An ascetic does not perform all these as he has
> > everything in life. The Blessed Lord says that one who is
> > regarding the fruits of his duties is a real sanyaasi.
> > In the context of this verse, karmphalam denotes the fruits
> > out of one's actions; kriyaa refers to religious rites
> > and other outward forms of worships).
> > Generally speaking, kriyaa (rites) also lead to accumulation of
> > karma (good though it is). Kriyaa is the seed and karmaa is the
> > while karmaphalam (the results accruing out of our karma) is the
> > fruit! The fruit (karmaphalam) will be tasty or bitter depending
> > the quality of the seed (actions). We are in effect sowing the
> > of our own destiny for future births by our current actions.
> > Blessed be.
> > Pandit. R.DAKSHINAMOORTHI
> > --- In email@example.com, Gopal Goel <gkgoel1937@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Dear Abha and other friends.
> > > The question is what is ' KARMA' ?
> > > In chapter 6 Verse 1 0f Gita two words are refereed-'KARMA'
> > 'KIRIYA'.
> > > What is the different in these words?
> > > G.k.goel
> > > Ibhataash <bhat_ashok@> wrote:
> > > Om Namh Shivaya!
> > >
> > > Thanks Abha for an excellent note. It was not preachy atall.
> > > it was words from the person who has gone through that in
> > > life rather than picking notes from the scriptures and telling
> > > Appreciate it very much..
> > >
> > > I am still awaiting for the gurujans of this group viz -
> > > Dakshinamoorthiji and PVRji for their responses. Seems they are
> > busy
> > > or the right time to answer this has not yet come. Will wait
> > >
> > > Thanks & Regards
> > > /-Akash..
> > >