To start with, let’s recall a 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, 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 their actual meaning and concept.
Many of us might not be completely aware of the terms "karma" and "balancing the karma".
Whatever the case, the information I am going to share in this article is based on the kinds of issues that as holistic practitioners we come across or have collated from the experiences and people around us, 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 being) that has specific (good or bad) consequences; these karmas are generated by our core intentions (Chetna, चेतना), and intentions are very important.
Most of us don’t even know how this science works. The moment we think of something good or bad, we immediately send a signal to the universal energies and a thought is created. Through this thought, karma takes birth and then this cycle begins.
Of course, you're thinking; it's a natural process, and 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 the same; the 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 the 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 receive balances for our finances. We cannot simply ask and keep receiving; we must balance every receiving with giving, whether it is money, love, respect, good deeds, or anything else that we receive in some form for our contentment.
The Law 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 characteristics or attributes that make them have a certain personality or persona and they follow deeds accordingly.
[Remember that everything in this universe is interconnected, whether it is humans, animals, or other species, plants, nature, the earth, sun, moon, karmas, planets, deeds, love, relationships, sufferings, blessings, or anything you can imagine.]
The belief that "mental attitude and physical circumstances take birth or existence merely because of past karmas" was refuted by Buddha. He mentioned, if this was a complete truth, then "freewill" had no existence, and today it is sad that most people do not even know that God has a freewill concept (universal law of free will) that 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.
The majority of people fear God and live in fear that God is causing their suffering, but the truth is that we are responsible for our own suffering. God has always said "Ask and you shall receive!" He will never deprive anyone of anything. It’s us who limit and distance ourselves from his blessings by our thoughts and karmas.
Life is a game. It will keep throwing challenges at us. We need to play those rounds, learn the lessons, clear the karmic balances and debts, and move on. Only through this, as a soul, can we proceed to our liberation (Mukti), which will lead us to go back to the divine source from where we came.
Because of mental conditioning and limiting beliefs, we don't and never try to explore our lives and its principles. Life is not a 9-5 job, having a peaceful married life and children, getting old, and then dying. This is not what we are all 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 are all 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 also learned in science that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.This is what we are actually talking about. Karma is like a seed generated from our thoughts or intentions, and once that is sown, it will manifest and result in the consequences, sufferings, or blessings.
According to the nature of the Karma seed, the fruit could be happiness, bliss, unhappiness or misery, prosperity, health and longevity, poverty, ugliness, disease, short life-span, and so on.
As we sow, so we reap somewhere and some time, either in the present life or in future births. The Samyutta Nikaya (Buddhist scripture) states:
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 it in detail at some other point in time. However, let’s now get back to our focus on how to balance these karmas. Or once we as a human or soul reach our realization and know the reasons for our sufferings, what can we do to clear it or balance it?
The following are some common practises that we can always do because they bring more self-realization, connection and compassion, peace of mind and desires, and help us to move forward towards our spiritual liberation, which ultimately encourages us to clear the karmas and balance them, as well as keep purifying our souls as pure as when we came to this world, and in order to return to the divine source, we must purify our souls once more:
I hope this article will bring some awareness and help the viewers understand the concept of karma and karmic balance.
I've attempted to condense and convey the key points through this article. However, karma is a vast concept and deserves its own article because it encompasses so much ground.