Hindu Dharma and Human Destiny                      *Dr.T.V.Rao MDThe human life continuous to be a challenge to live, adj...
as immutable law with involuntary and voluntary acts beingpart of a more intricate system of cause and effect that isoften...
loneliness unhealthy competition. Everybody experiencesthis suffering differently, example is the mental anguishcaused by ...
answer to our unconscious prayer for some event to occur tomake matters all right. Whenever we lose or gain we shouldreali...
God-created. The law of karma exhorts a Hindu to rightactions, giving him the assurance that, just as a saint had apast so...
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  1. 1. Hindu Dharma and Human Destiny *Dr.T.V.Rao MDThe human life continuous to be a challenge to live, adjust tothe circumstances and make a progress. To define what life,is difficult to describe, no one really understood what reallylife means. Environment provides man with certain harshincentives and demands which, as long as their intensity andfrequency are within the limits of human tolerance, canstimulate his motivation and enhance his productivity.However, when these environmental demands becomeexcessive or, conversely, when they become scarce, thebalance of incentives for creativity will be upset and as aresult neither the excess nor the absence of these stimuli willbe compatible with and conducive to a healthy adaptation inlife. Sometimes religious truth and cultural beliefs givesociety certain explanations and meaning to life events whichotherwise could not readily be achieved by science or reason.As Buddha said, "Human life is suffering". We all need tounderstand and recognize the meaning the phenomenon oflife. The belief in Hinduism makes us to accept the Law ofKarma that is the basis of what you reap is, what yousown.The law of Karma (Sanskrit), originated in the Vedicsystem of religion, otherwise known as Hinduism. As a term,it can at the latest be traced back to the early Upanishads,around 1500 BC our lives at any given point are a net resultof our past actions, both good and evil. Hinduism sees karma
  2. 2. as immutable law with involuntary and voluntary acts beingpart of a more intricate system of cause and effect that isoften not comprehensible to one bound by karma. It is thegoal of the Hindu, as expressed succinctly in the BhagavadGita, to embrace a sattvic lifestyle and thus avoid creatingmore karma.We are capable of good as well as evil, since Godgave us intelligence and independence. Therefore, we areresponsible for the consequences of our actions. The Hindubelief system also includes the belief that our soul, which isimmortal goes through endless life cycles. The Buddha alsosaid, "The human body is an illness, a carbuncle, and an ulcer,and this is what we all experience." We all experience theconditions of sickness and suffering. But all human andsentient beings cannot avoid illness and suffering. The onlydifferences are less suffering, or more suffering, less sickness,or more sickness. There are two types of suffering: sufferingof the physical body, and suffering of the mind. Physicalsuffering may include a lack of basic necessities, or naturaldisasters, or injury to the body from wars, diseases, burns,abuse, or poisons. We all experience this bodily pain nomatter what our status is in life. Such suffering can bereduced by co-operation and improvement of our physicalsituation, such as, for example, an improvement of medicaltechnology. Although the cure may not be ultimate, itprovides a certain degree of relief. The mental suffering ofour mind can be caused by many things, includingdisappointment, hatred, frustration, fear, anger, and
  3. 3. loneliness unhealthy competition. Everybody experiencesthis suffering differently, example is the mental anguishcaused by an illness. Some feel sad and terribly frightened.However others do not feel this depression, and may neverfeel mentally downcast, even though suffering from the sameillness, and the same physical pain.Hindus believe theirposition in life is based on their actions in a previous life, orlives: The Law of Karma, which from good must come good,and from evil must come evil. We see around us many peopleare suffering for minimal happiness however people strive tolive the Hindu theological worldview is that the physicalworld is an illusion and a deceptive too. Even a seeminglyinnocent person who has not eradicated bad karma frompast lives through charitable deeds is susceptible to suchpayback. Individuals suffering should be placed in thebroader context of a cosmic cycle of birth, life, destructionand rebirth.The good Hindu tried to live by good deeds,which was thought to help the believer achieve higherreincarnations, with nirvana as the ultimate goal. Hindusbelieved that the best way to advance ones soul up theladder of higher status was to accept and not complain aboutones present status. What mattered for a good Hindu was toeat and drink correctly, marry the right person and otherwiseact in accordance with the law of ones position in life. Wecome across several situations where you have solution andpeople wait for a miracles too happen, We realise when life isout of control, and we are mad as hell, Karma remain the
  4. 4. answer to our unconscious prayer for some event to occur tomake matters all right. Whenever we lose or gain we shouldrealise as physics-the study of energy and matter-Sir IsaacNewton postulated that for every action there is an equaland opposite reaction. But in reality, our life is governed bymetaphysics; karma is the law that states that every mental,emotional and physical act, no matter how insignificant, isprojected out into the psychic mind substance and eventuallyreturns to the individual with equal impact.Karma is neitherfate nor predetermination. Each soul has absolute free will itsonly boundary is karma. God and Gods do not dictate theexperiential events of our lives, nor do they test us. Andthere is no cosmic force that moulds our life.The belief inkarma and reincarnation brings to each Hindu inner peaceand self-assurance. The Hindu knows that the maturing ofthe soul takes many lives and that if the soul is immature inthe present birth, then there is hope, for there will be manyopportunities for learning and growing in future lives.Hinduism is built on principles of Karma, as it guides how aHindu lives, and each persons deeds both in current and pastlifetimes determine what sort of rebirth they attain. Karma isa combination of cosmic and moral cause and effect thatcrosses lifetimes and life lessons learned for spiritualgrowth.The Hinduisms answer is that the grace of God isever flowing equally toward all. It is not felt until one feelsthe need for it. The joys and suffering of a human individualare of his own making. Good and evil are mind-made and not
  5. 5. God-created. The law of karma exhorts a Hindu to rightactions, giving him the assurance that, just as a saint had apast so also a sinner has a future. Every living must succumbto “destiny" or "fate" is in actuality, according to the laws ofkarma, the simple and neutral working out of karma. Manyhave likened karma to a moral banking system, a credit anddebit of good and bad, choice many times remain with us.Emaildoctortvrao@gmail.com

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