Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.
In Part one I introduced you to a bit of history, of some of the major players of the Mahabharata. We also talked a little about the immortality of the soul. In Part two I touched on the importance of Dharma and what it implies. Now I would like to touch on,
Karma and Reincarnation
We come now to where Sri Krishna teaches Arjuna the priceless wisdom of these two inseparable friends. Life itself is caught up in Karma. Every action will produce a reaction and every cause will produce an effect. It is neither good nor bad and in fact can be quite complex, so is not to be taken lightly.
We say in local parlance, that ‘what goes around comes around’ and our scriptures (Holy Bible) tells us that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reaps. The farmer tills the soil, awaits the rain, utilizes good manure and at the right time, he gets a bumper harvest. However, he has to do the work. The bad or neglectful farmer cannot reap the same results. This is just how the Universal Law works.
Shankya Philosophy puts it in a very sublime way: “Cause is the effect silently and secretly involved and effect is the cause actively and openly evolved.” - Sri Chinmoy’s commentary on the Gita. So, you see that they both rely on each other and are inseparable. Guruji teaches that karma will coil around us like a snake, we have to pay the price. Only if Grace or a Spiritual Master of the Highest Order intervenes, can it be changed.
Arjuna is confused, but finally, accepting Sri Krishna as his Guruji, asks for the Masters’ wisdom. Sri Krishna tells him that there never was a time that he, Arjuna, was not, neither will there be a time when he will cease to be. Put a different way:
“That which does not exist, can never come into existence, that which exists, can never cease to be.” The Gita. We worry so much about scriptures, about people … things. However, if we die, what does it matter? As long as we exist, everything else does.
If we don’t, of what use is scripture? So, Sri Krishna goes on to tell Arjuna, that the wise mourns neither the living nor the dead. All is in fact, in God and as I said in Part 1, the soul, is immortal. What dies? Where then is death?
“Birth is the passing of the soul from a lower to a higher body in the process of evolution, in the course of the soul’s journey of reincarnation.” -Sri Chinmoy.
Sri Krishna teaches Arjuna that they have had many births and that he, Sri Krishna, knows them all. He carries on with his immortal utterance:
“As a man casts of his worn out garments and puts on new clothes, so too, the soul casts of its worn-out garments and enter into a new form, for manifestation.” Sri Krishna. To continue:
“Even as man discards old clothes for the new ones, so the dweller in the body, the soul, leaving aside the worn-out bodies, enters into new bodies. The soul migrates from body to body.” The Gita of Sri Krishna.
Reincarnation exists for the development of the soul. We come into life with many desires and our Lord allows us to fulfill our desires. The wise say that we are on a wheel of Samsara, spinning and spinning, until such time as we have learnt life lessons, then we fall off. (Realize our Godhead, in other words… our true nature)
Life gives the soul an opportunity to realize and manifest its divinity and death allows it to take rest. Death is the road, life is the traveller, the soul is the guide. Death is the bedroom and life, is the living room. They are not separate. One is asleep and the other dynamic. Hence Sri Krishna urges Arjuna to fight … to fulfill his dharma (duty), Brahman or God, is the only reality and he, Arjuna, is made in Its image.
Arjuna is finally made aware, that dwelling on sense objects, would lead to attachments, attachments give birth to unfulfilled desires, which fuels anger. This creates delusion which leads to confusion of memory and man is lost.
So, Sri Krishna teaches Arjuna that Yoga is equanimity or skillful wisdom in action, not inaction.
In the true spirit of Sankhya knowledge, Arjuna is taught that both victory and defeat are imposters, rather like joy and pain, gain or loss. The great Rudyard Kipling mentions this in his immortal poem called ‘If.’
Types of Karma
Karma or action, can be performed by the heart, the mind and the body. There are three types of Karma:
- Sanchita Karma, is amassed or collected Karma. It is actions that we have sown consciously or unconsciously, by our own deeds, thoughts, words or volution. They come from our past life and also our present life, but has not yet borne fruit, has not yet been worked out.
- Prarabdha Karma, is that which we call fate or destiny. The karmic effects have begun but not yet finished. It is that part of Sanchita Karma, which is already in motion, while at the same time, we continue to sow new seeds for future reaping.
- Agami Karma is approaching or future Karma, that which is not yet complete and is done only by perfect Masters, for the good of humanity … for the good of the world.
The soul exists in all beings and is immortal. Yet it has an upward urge to be more complete, more perfect … more divine. Hence in the process of evolution, it passes from the lower to the higher, from body to body, “At each stage, it takes into itself the real value of all its earthly experiences. Thus, the soul grows, enriching itself, making its divinity more integral, more harmonious and more perfect.” -Sri Chinmoy
Have you found these series useful?
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manatita44 (author) from london on March 05, 2020:
I like what you say at the end but the Indians know that and yet, Shaloo herself has said that even the Indians are changing.
The pull, glamour and allure is very strong. Earth is the field of duty, of manifestation and we grow through it.
Again, it is desire that pulls us back here. For some its money, or children, houses or whatever the clinging or desire is. We come of the wheel of Samsara, when wisdom dawns. Thank you so much!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2020:
Reading this is very interesting. I do believe that our soul goes on after we shed our mortal bodies. I want to think that one life would be enough to earn a life in heaven and not have to return again and again to learn lessons. But I suppose reincarnation accounts for those who do horrendous crimes and perhaps need to spend more time learning their lessons? Most of us could probably improve our lives if we thought that we would have to keep repeating them until we got it right.
manatita44 (author) from london on January 02, 2020:
Excellent! But my brother I know your wisdom in these matters. Gratitude and happy New Year!!
Love seeing you, Linda C.
You are showing that your Heart is vast and not narrow. You are not saying you believe, but are more than happy to have a look. Much beauty in this!! Heaven bless your Spirit! Happy New Year!!
Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 02, 2020:
Another beautiful piece of wisdom in this series of Bhagavad Gita. You are explaining it very well and I appreciate your wisdom and vast knowledge of spirituality.
The explanation of karma into three types is beautiful. That which we have accrued in past lives, the present accumulating karma in this birth, and the future karma that may be required to be done by us in coming lives. So, the past is not in your hands. Present, you can try to do be better and perform good deeds. The future karma is still unknown and so you can't escape your present karma wishing to be perfect in the future. Do whatever you do in this present moment consciously and righteously. That's the essence of karma.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2020:
This is a very interesting article.Thank you for creating the series, Manatita. You've given me much to think about.
manatita44 (author) from london on January 01, 2020:
Thank you, Bro.
You seem to have some holiday time. Enjoy!
Thank you so much and happy New Year, Bro. Just returned from our New Year meditation. Will get around to you soon. Peace.
Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 01, 2020:
"He who sees Me (God) in all and all in me (God), then I never leave him and he never leaves Me and he who in this oneness of love, loves Me in whatever he sees, wherever this man may be, in truth he lives in Me (God)". Bhagavad Gita.
I try to live this! From the first time I read it, many years ago, I understood that there are no religions, there is only Love! One God we are! Your work here, my brother, is exceptional! All three parts are a significant help for many to see with the eyes of the Heart. You have created a beautiful "sound", and the waves are travelling through the One, touching Souls! Gratitude! I couldn't ask for something better for the first day of the year!
Blessings from your family, here in Greece!
PS: There is a little "gift" for you in the hub I published today.
manatita44 (author) from london on December 31, 2019:
Tomorrow is another day. Let us rejoice and be glad in the sacrament of this moment. Shalom!
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 31, 2019:
Joyous New Year to you my Brother.
My understanding was given, metaphorically speaking, by Krishna on the battlefield against my "Ignorance" like Arjuna received his. Its showed me 1 billion timelines containing 1 billion life-forces each for earth's plane. Each life-force follows the same sequence so everyone's karma is imposed on someone in their timelines. That means whatever one does or receives is done or received from the same body at the same time in another cycle.
The thing about our "not being realize" is it's designed that only at the time for the individual to leave earth's plane after what Christians call "Born Again" are we to receive that enlightenment. Only one life-force evolves from earth from the same time-line at a time.
manatita44 (author) from london on December 31, 2019:
Greetings, my Brother.
For some time I did not speak much about Karma. It really isn't too necessary to know and can be a hindrance to souls, just as miracles or occult powers can be. The basics of the spiritual life is: Faith, selfless service, gratitude, devotion, silent and vocal prayer, meditation … a checking of the ego and greed, fear, insecurity, passion, non-attachment and so forth.
Yoga teaches that we are our own enemies and the process of change is within, not outside us. That said, Karma and Re-incarnation are very complex subjects. Some say we will return as dogs and cats, some say that they were queens and princesses; yet others say that they were the opposite sex. The final group says that something is one's Karma when things go wrong.
All I know is that I have sat at the feet of someone I consider to be wise, for 37 years. As well as similar souls who do not see it like you explain. For us, the soul is immortal and its natural trend is to go forward in the evolutionary cycle. It returns with its memory intact and progresses through a new body, not that of someone else.
Sure, we reap what we sow and it is inevitable that we would have had interactions with others in past lives, but not in another body but our own. Spiritual life is bound by rules and admits to exceptions, as God is not bound by plans, true.
My own perception and that of the Divine Incarnations, is that the Supreme does not usually break the order. I will stop now. As you see, it is already getting more complex. Meditation and selfless service, accompanied by inner experience, will eventually take us all to the place where things are much clearer.
Finally, God does not allow us to remain unrealised and each soul will eventually realise its true nature: God. This is our purpose. Happy New Year!!
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 31, 2019:
I must have deleted the other two parts inadvertently, Manatita, I shall have to go to your space and see. Thanks for sharing it because I have long ago agreed that everything is karma manifested by the life-force or soul's migrating from the least of God to the controlling God life-force.
I once shared the following in explaining how it works, maybe it will help others to grasp the understanding.
"My friend came up to me distraught to no end so I asked her if she wanted to talk about it. She began to explain how a girl my friend believed to be most beautiful had lost her boyfriend to her but was still in the picture with her as her now husband maintained some photographs of her that didn’t sit well with her: in many more details. I asked her what did the other girl bring to the table and what had she brought since he married her and proceeded to explain karma without her reply.
If this is your last incarnation, as I believe it is, in a previous life you were in her body and another life-force was in yours being as distraught as you are about the situation because of not looking at the whole picture. Now you are experiencing how the other girl felt when you were doing it to her. Like I said, if this is your last incarnation then in this life time you will remember the details of how she felt along with the memory of how you are feeling to balance the karma. Not only will you remember this karma event but every experience you’ve had with plants, all animated life, rocks, gas, oil, and all forms of ore and the various interactions between them for knowing the 360 degrees of all interactions your life-force has experienced, I said. So she went her way to meditate on it and returned some days later with her husband rejoicing."
manatita44 (author) from london on December 30, 2019:
Thank You Ruby.
Our holy scriptures speak of it, just that it is not so obvious as in the Gita. You are a perceptive soul.
Happy New Year!
Much appreciation for your continual support. Jai Ram!
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 30, 2019:
I have always believed in Karma. I enjoyed reading your article. Happy New Year my poet friend.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 30, 2019:
I found these series useful and believe in reincarnation. You have created a series that shows us the meaning of reincarnation. Well done on this series!