Sharing with you a video discourse in Hindi, in which I talk about three types of Karma as per the Bhagavad Gita. This video was recorded a while ago, and here is a translated abstract for you.
5 Common questions people ask on Karma:
- Most want to know what is right versus wrong for them, what kind of action should they do,
- what is karma,
- what is bad action,
- what is a forbidden type of action and
- what is good karma?
What does Bhagavad Gita say on Karma?
The subject is action. Before I delve deeper, let us turn to Bhagavad Gita. Wisdom, doer, and action are of three types. Action that is not inspired by jealousy or greed, the one that is done with non-attachment is the type that is going to give you peace and contentment. Often people do karma with attachment to attaining the fruits of such karma.
A common question is how is it possible to do anything with detachment?
It seems only natural that to enjoy the outcome of the action, are we prompted to perform such action in the first place. If I am hungry, it is only normal that to fulfill my hunger I am going to intake food. Eating food to pacify your hunger, that is okay.
Attachment is when you begin to specify the type and variety of food you believe you require to fulfill your need. That binds one.
Krishna instructs Arjuna on the Karma of three types.
- First, that is sātvika, the one done in the mode of goodness,
- Second, rājasī, performed in the mode of passion and
- Third, tāmasī, the one done in the mode of ignorance.
With sātvika type, one gains liberation and inner peace, with rājasī, one gets pleasure and becomes attached, and with tāmasī, one experiences downfall of the body, mind, and soul.
This is the fundamental nature of the three modes of material nature. The first one liberates, the other ties and the third one causes the decline. You may also want to read about the law of karma.
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Let us further take a look at the different types of Karma. What is Karma in a nutshell? And how understanding Karma in detail can help us change our life for the good.
What are the different types of karma?
The classification hereunder is of four types.
Prarabdha, matured, Karma
Sanchita, stored, Karma
Agami, forthcoming, Karma
Vartamana, present, Karma
Read more on each of these types of karma here.
I want to be able to celebrate life. What types of karma should I do every day to achieve this?
Gratitude is one of the greatest ways of celebration that I know of. Observing an occasion is merely a social excuse. When you are grateful, every day becomes a celebration. When you no longer need a reason — religious or otherwise — to celebrate, every moment is a celebration, it becomes a momentous occasion. Beyond the labels, the dates, the days, there is something profound, deeper, better, greater that exists within you and all around you. It deserves your attention, your time, it is worth celebrating. Life.
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I read somewhere that all types of karma originates from ones thoughts. How can I better understand how our thoughts and desires lead to karma?
Your desires prompt you to take action or tread a certain path. Before you can know the nature of your desires, you ought to understand the nature of your mind.
When a desire is fulfilled, it gives you temporary joy & pleasure. The outcome is as ethereal and elusive as the desire itself. If desires could be satisfied forever, it would not be fallacious to seek fulfillment. However, when fulfilled, countless more spring up. Once you understand the nature of desires, they stop bothering you. Since you now have a firm grip on the tranquil state of your mind, your thoughts will disappear immediately upon emergence. While desires cannot really be classified, to aid ease and understanding, I am categorizing them for you in a comprehensive guide called, The Desire Tree. Why do we have desires and ways in which you can rise above them.
Read more here.
Everyone has four wives or four types of karma we are born with… what are they
Everyone has four wives, as follows:
The youngest one is called sampatti, wealth.
The third wife is called sambandhi, family.
The second one is called sharira, body.
The first wife is called karma, deeds. Your karmas travel with you over several lifetimes. There is no escape. It is what is karma – what we do that determines what we get. Read more
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Are all types of karma/deeds recorded in our karmic account? What is a karmic account?
Nature cannot give you what you have not earned just like it cannot take away from you what is rightfully parked in your karmic account. It is impartial. You need to deposit before you can withdraw. What you do with your life, your actions is entirely your own responsibility. Each individual has a separate karmic account, it is immaculately maintained, there are no mistakes there. If you give someone grief because that is what they give you, it does not cancel out your transaction. You both remain accountable for your actions on an individual basis.
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I get angry very easily, and this has a direct effect on my relationships. What type of karma and daily habits should I adopt to tame my anger?
Think of anger as an onion for a moment. The outermost layer is anger (krodha). Next is frustration (kuntha) and inconvenience (kashta). Beneath the second layer you’ll find hurt (aghata). After hurt is expectation (asha). Peel off expectation and you’ll discover a sense of entitlement (adhikara). Just after entitlement is the layer of attachment (anuraga). Go further and you’ll find ignorance (agyanta). This onion, nurtured in the manure of wrong ideas (avidya) and tilled by self-centeredness (svartha), grows in the soil of ego (ahamkara).
As long as even one layer of this onion is present, it’s enough to fill the room with a strong smell and make you cry. You can chop, slice, or dice it, the smell remains. Either, cook it in love, forgiveness and patience, and it gets better, edible, even tastier. Or, get rid of it all together. For, in its raw form the onion of anger remains pungent and lachrymal.
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