Disclaimer: All thoughts are purely the views of the author. It is not directed towards any person alive or dead in particular.
By:- Aishwarya Raghunath
Person A is punished by person B for the actions performed by A in his previous birth.
Now for punishing A for his wrongdoing, person B will face his karma in the next birth by some XYZ.
Well, this is what is the ideal definition of Karma put forth by people across the world.
Leaving aside all the major concerns happening in the world, one half of the world is still busy debating on whether atheism is better or theism? Whose heaven is better? While another half waits to believe in a third entity who is yet to incarnate punish each one based on their karma.
This word karma has often piqued me. I wonder what was the actual thought running in mind of the person who coined it. Because the present meaning is extremely concocted and totally a paradox.
Each one’s destiny is pre-written
There’s a tall white man wearing a long gown donning white beard sitting on a throne with paper and pen writing each one’s destiny. (Hmm… I suppose all writers are direct progenitors of Lord. Just kidding!)
Well, Jokes apart. Irrespective of how each one’s God is, he is supposed to be a writer, in particular, an artist under whose control the entire creation is puppeted. No offense to the highest energy, though imagine now in case every action of ours is already written everything is predetermined happening as per his wish, then are we the ones supposed to be blamed for our action?
Should one then be really bashed by karma every now and then?
Each one pays for their Karma
Agreed we pay for our action, that is the literal transliteration of Karma – As we sow, so shall we reap. The thoughts that are sown in mind is what transforms into action. We are rewarded for our good deeds and punished for bad. But wait did someday just say,” everything is destined”?
Huh! If it’s destined then how are creations liable to be blamed for their action?
We are repaying past debts
According to various theists, man is repaying his debt of past life. The punitive trait of Karma rewards and punishes everyone for all the wrong or right we do in our past birth. (Humans never fail to calculate profit and loss in any situation)
Herein, what is the proof that we were humans then and will be humans in next birth too? What if you were a tiger, who for its survival had to kill other animals. Or even kill humans because then as a tiger the only thing you could find was delicious meat hovering in front of you irrespective of creature it is.
Will it be right to be punished for what you did as a tiger or any other creature in previous birth in the present birth when being born as a human? Won’t that be like failing a student in 8th grade because he had copied in 4th grade?
Won’t it be unjust? And will your God or mine be so unwise to commit this blunder?
Why delay in the calculation?
Does God agree on procrastination too? Because if he doesn’t then we won’t have to wait one whole life to repay past debt and add on more for not living this birth because we were repaying past debt. I suppose this might be our season 7 on Earth because things have got just more complicated.
Hallelujah! We have a karma gateway too. Do good karma and get flat entry to heaven without additional charges. Do bad karma and go to hell (T&C applied).
Basically, we all are going to go to hell because we don’t believe in each other’s heaven.
Who is liable to be punished?
A poor man was working as a cook at an industrialist’s house since long. He was an extremely hardworking, Sincere and loyal man. Never was he ever insincere nor lazy, still, he was hardly appreciated for his work. One day his child who was down with fever collapsed in the school. On admitting him it to the hospital, the child was diagnosed with a hole in his heart.
The poor man’s family was asked to immediately conduct an operation or else the child may die. The fees were 3 lakhs. The poor father after trying all his will, selling his wife’s jewelry could collect only around a lakh of rupees. For the remaining amount, he approached his boss for help. But as cold-hearted his boss was, he declined to help him in need.
Left with no resort, he had to steal it from his boss drawer and get his kid treated. The operation was successful. Unfortunately, the cook was caught and put behind bar for theft.
Who should be punished for their karma? The boss who declined to help save a kid’s life or the man who stole for saving his child? Theft is wrong, but won’t it be more wrong to not save the child just because he is unable to arrange for money? How will karma be judged then? Ask thyself.
Karma in reality
Karma is ineffective unless there is no “I” in your action. If one considers the action is committed by them then they will surely face the repercussions.
The simple tricky calculation
Your conscious mind knows it all. And that is “the God” who calculates your karma. Indirectly it’s you alone who decides your punishment and reward. Whether you agree or not your conscious mind knows well when you do something against your wish. Energy radiates back. If you think you did something wrong even when it was right, you will face punishment and vice versa. Have control over your thoughts. Stating here is an example from the well-known epic Mahabharata which clearly signifies how one’s karma is in their control alone.
In Mahabharata, during the Mahaprasthan (final journey) to heaven, Yudisther was made to go through heaven via hell as a punishment for speaking one lies (which he did against his will and considered wrong) but wasn’t made to go to hell for pawning his entire kingdom, brothers and wife in dice game (because he considered playing dice is a king’s Dharma).
In short, our mind decides our heaven and hell.
(Kauravas and Karna were in heaven because all their wishes were fulfilled and their mind was content. Whether it is Duryodhana after hearing about his enemy’s death or Karna who was happy to die in the hands of truth as well as not ditching his close friend and yet fighting for right indirectly)
Residents of Heaven and Hell
When you feel happy in committing an action, the feeling of contentment and peace in mind is “Heaven”.
When you are guilty of your actions, yet unable to express out, prodded by your conscious, that feeling is “Hell”.
In conclusion, follow your heart but do take your brain along. Don’t get chained in the shackles of society. Believe in the God, the energy who is present in everything animate as well as inanimate.
Because “GOD IS MAN AWAKENED AND MAN IS GOD ASLEEP. DO YOUR ACTIONS WITHOUT THE WANT OF RESULT. YOUR WANT WILL DECIDE YOUR KARMA.”
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