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Karmic Balance (Balancing your Karmas)
I am writing this article on request of my viewers and clients.
To start with let’s recall few excerpts from my previous article on “The Karma Story” where we discussed karmic relationships and how to break this cycle.
If we look around us today almost everyone has hardships, some people are not happy, some are struggling in relationships, jobs or finances. Most of the time when we visit a priest or an astrologer or any holistic practitioner, they often advise us to balance our karmas through certain remedies or advice, but, we often fail to understand its actual meaning and concept.
Many of us might not be completely aware of this term “Karma” and “Balance the Karmas”.
Whatever, the information I am going to share in this article is based on kind of issues as a holistic practitioner we came across or being collated from the experiences and people around, in addition to the spiritual practices and knowledge that we acquire and possess.
So let’s first understand what we understand by “Karma”?
Karma is an action (or state of doing) which results in particular consequences (good or bad), these karmas are generated by our core intentions (Chetna, चेतना) and intentions are the ones which matter a lot.
Most of us don’t even know how this science works, the moment we think something good or bad, we immediately send a signal to the universal energies and thought is created, through this thought, karma takes birth and then this cycle begins.
Of course, you must be thinking, it’s a natural process how can we stop thinking? You don’t need to stop thinking, but if you start following Buddha’s teachings or giving attention to any other saint’s teachings (all are same, only difference could be language or way of imparting), you will realize they focus on intentions (Chetna, चेतना), causes (reasons) [invisible cause or causes of the visible effect, not necessarily confined to the present life, they may be linked to a past.
So, as per Buddhist teachings our present mental state, moral intellect, mental conditioning, inherited karmic balances, temperamental differences can be most prominent reasons more than our actions only from present and past as they often add to our deeds of karmas in present.
There is a great need today, for all of us to understand this concept seriously and balance our karmic balance sheets in order to reduce or end our sufferings.
For me, it also includes our give and receives balances for our finances. We cannot just ask and keep receiving, we need to balance every receiving with giving also whether money, love, respect, good deeds or anything that in some form we receive for our contentedness.
TheLaw of Karma plays an important role in our sufferings or blessings. All experiences, fortune/misfortune, are due to some or other past actions. Based on these actions humans acquire specific character or attribute that makes them a certain personality or persona and they follow deeds accordingly.
[Remember everything is interconnected in this universe, be it humans, animals or any other species, plants, nature earth, sun, moon, karmas, planets, deeds, love, relationships, sufferings, blessings everything.]
Buddha contradicted the belief “Mental attitude and physical circumstances take birth or existence merely because of the past karmas”. He mentioned, if this was a complete truth then “Freewill” had no existence and today it is sad that majorly no one even knows God has freewill concept which allows us to take control of our lives in our hands and allows us to redefine things by rectifying our wrongdoings, karma balance and clearing karmic debts towards people, money or anything that counts and adds to our sufferings.
Majorly everyone fears God and lives a fearful life that God is giving us this suffering, however, the truth is we are responsible for our own sufferings. God, has always said “Ask and you shall receive!” he will never deprive anyone of anything, it’s us who limits and distance ourselves from his blessings by our thoughts and karmas.
Life is a game, it will keep throwing challenges to us, we need to play those rounds, learn the lessons and clear the karmic balances and debts and move on. Only through this, we can as a soul can proceed to our liberation (Mukti) which will lead us to go back to the divine source from where we came.
We all are not just physical human forms, we are more, we are light beings, energy beings, and we need to understand these concepts thoroughly to understand life and the divine to the core.
As per the mental conditioning, limiting beliefs, we don’t and we never even try to explore our lives and its principles. Life is not a 9 to 5 job, having a peaceful married life and children, getting old and then dying. This is not what we all are here for, we are here to learn lessons, clear the karma cycle so we can purify our souls and immerse back into the divine light of which we all are a part of (GOD).
The Buddha says:
"I declare, O Bhikksuhs, that desire or discretion (own will) is Karma. Having willed one acts by body, speech, and thought."(Anguttara Nikaya)
Karma does not necessarily mean past actions, it encircles both past and present deeds. Hence, we are the result of what we were; we will be the result of what we are. The present is no doubt the generation or consequence of the past and so will be our presentation of the future, but the present is not always a true index of either the past or the future, so complex is the concept of Karma!
In short, Karma is “The Law of Cause and Effect”.
We had studied in science also; every action has an equal and consequent reaction. This is what we are actually talking about. Karma is like a seed generated from our thoughts or intentions and once that is sowed, it will manifest and results in the consequences or reactions or sufferings or blessings.
Here, we can follow the “Flower Theory” which many people might be aware of, if we consider the process of pollination and how a flower or a plant grows, the seed is sowed and it gives birth to a small plant and roots which are deeply connected to the base of that seed, it further adds branches and leaves, fruits or flowers to that plant; same way, is the cycle of karma for us. The better and good the seed, positive the intention, positive and sweeter is the fruit else we only get bitterness in the results.
The fruit here could be happiness, bliss, unhappiness or misery, prosperity, health and longevity, poverty, ugliness, disease, short life-span and so forth according to the nature of the Karma seed.
As we sow, so we reap somewhere and some time either in the present life or future births.
The Samyutta Nikaya (Buddhist scripture) states:
"According to the seed that’s sown,
So is the fruit you reap therefrom,
Doer of goodwill gather good,
Doer of evil, evil reaps,
Down is the seed and thou shalt taste the fruit thereof."
Karma is a law in itself, which operates in its own sphere despite getting affected or intervening by any external, independent ruling forces.
Karma is a vast concept with different classifications and we will discuss in detail at some other point in time, however, let’s now get back our focus on how to balance these karmas or once we as a human or soul reaches our realization and know the reasons of our sufferings, what we can do to clear it or balance it?
The following are some common practices we can always do as they bring more self-realization, connectedness, peace of mind and desires and helps us to go ahead towards our spiritual liberation which ultimately encourages us to clear the karmas and balance it as well as keeps purifying our souls as pure we come to this world and in order to go back to the divine source we must purify our souls once again:
1.The most important and biggest key to balancing our karmas is “Forgiveness” – Forgiveness of self from guilt, regrets, etc., and forgiving others who did wrong to us. If we curse or become revengeful, we would never be able to break this cycle. Forgiveness exercise or "Ho'oponopono" which I shared in previous articles of forgiveness can help a lot in this. Always identify your karmas and work on its balancing through forgiveness.
2.Do good deeds, help the needy, and feed the poor or hungry - Do it without any expectations or anything in return, do it with your heart and soul, surrender the result to the divine.
3.Share your success and joys with everyone – It always doubles and intensifies the happiness when shared with others. Doing small deeds which can bring happiness or smile on someone’s face is equally accepted as you would do something with the money. So, money is not the only way to bring happiness to someone or self.
4.Keep your thoughts positive – The more you stay optimistic and keep thinking positive you will start understanding the Law of Attraction and how it works with our thoughts. Negative thoughts act as a barrier to our success, happiness and karma clearing.
5.Remember “Prayer” is the strongest tool – Prayer and faith can move the mountains. When you have no control over situation, surrender, just pray to God and his beings to bless you with tolerance and guide you through this process of suffering or make it bearable.
6.Acceptance of the sufferings as a part of your lifecycle – Sai Baba has also mentioned in “Sai Satcharitra” – “कर्मयोग की भट्टी में जलना ही पड़ ता है।“If you will refrain from going through your karmas and keep on avoiding, you will never be able to end this cycle of karma. It’s better to bear it today rather than continue to suffer for many lifetimes.
7.Continue the journey through any of the four yoga -Karma Yog, Bhakti Yog, Kriya Yog and Gnana (Gyan - Consciousness). The four yoga also help us reach the divine consciousness or to the divine, but these will also guide us to release the karmas and break the cycle. Once a being is conscious he/she will know the gist (essence) of life and he/she will be able to understand the concepts of free will and balancing the karmas.
8.Energy healing for self and for others (if you are a holistic practitioner) through practices like meditations, Reiki healing, Lama Fera (Buddhist healing technique), Karmic clearance and healing.
9.Cut the toxic attachments with your karmas – The more you keep any emotional or mental attachments or fear, more it will act as a barrier for you, so it is always important that you cut the cords or attachments which do not serve your highest good. This will definitely help you seek and identify the divine guidance and move in a new direction.
There are many ways to balance and remove the old karma and patterns, you just need to be conscious and ready to accept the help from the divine which is always present around us, however, being ignorant we hardly notice it.
Hope this article will bring some awareness and help the viewers to understand the concept of karmas and karmic balance.
I have tried to summarize the things and present as a gist, however, karma is a vast concept and it needs a long discussion.
Love, Light, Peace, Gratitude, and Blessings to all…!!!
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