The Effect of Karma on Health

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The Effect of Karma on Health

  1. 1. Samani Unnata Pragya Instructor, Religious Studies Department Florida International University 11/10/2013 1
  2. 2.    Jainism teaches two karmas ◦ Ghati("destructive")  affects the soul. ◦ Aghati ("non-destructive")  affects the body. There are four kinds of ghati karma: ◦ Knowledge obscuring karma (gyanavarniya): reverence to knowledge or a teacher will shed this karma. ◦ Intuition obscuring karma (darshanavarniya): reverence to intuition or a teacher will shed this karma. ◦ Obstacle creating karma (Antaraya) : helping others will shed this karma. ◦ Deluding karma (Mohaniya) : nonattachment & non aversion will shed this karma. There are four kinds of aghati karma: ◦ Pleasure & pain determining ( vedniya): Compassion and helpfulness towards others sheds vedniya karma and results in greater happiness. ◦ Body-determining ( nam): Admiring the ugly as well as the beautiful will shed nam karma and result in a more beautiful appearance. ◦ Status-determining ( gotra) Ex: being proud of one's status will accumulate gotra karma, and cause one to be born with a lower status in the next life. ◦ Longevity-determining ( ayushya): Killing someone earns ayushya karma, which results in a shorter lifespan. 11/10/2013 2
  3. 3. Vedaniy Karma •Pleasure and Pain Rendering Karma Naam Karma •Body Rendering Karma Mohaniy Karma •Deluding Karma 11/10/2013 3
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  5. 5. Mohaniy Karma/ Deluding Karma Creates negative emotions within the person. Negative emotions make our actions negative. Health Problems Psychosomatic Problems 11/10/2013 5
  6. 6.     Depression, melancholy, … have no viral cause, the cause is emotional. More attachment more fear. More fear more anxiety. More health issues. 11/10/2013 6
  7. 7.   Indian traditions vote for a direct relationship between the physical health & emotions. Here are few examples mentioned ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Intense anger can be a cause of a heart attack. Jealousy & hatred can be a cause of an ulcer. Depression can be a cause to tuberculosis. Too much excitement can imbalance thyroid secretions. This disturbs the metabolism leading to grumpiness, depression, sadness.  Antervishuddhito janto, shuddhi sampradryate bahiah  Bahyam iti kurute dosham sarvamantaradoshatah  Internal purity reflects outside as purity  External impurity is a reflection of internal impurity 11/10/2013 7
  8. 8. Naam Karma Creates the beautiful physical body Body enjoys pleasures Body gets diseased, ages, suffers… Body Experiences 11/10/2013 8
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  10. 10. Vedaniy Karma/Pleasure and Pain Rendering Karma Pleasure Rendering Pain Rendering 11/10/2013
  11. 11. Not compassionate towards all living beings Causing unhappiness for any being Forcing any one to be submissive Causing grief that would deplete the strength of the body To make some one cry To beat with sticks Causing physical affliction 11/10/2013 11
  12. 12. Compassionate towards all living beings Not causing unhappiness for any being Not forcing any one to be submissive Not causing grief that would deplete the strength of the body Not to make some one cry Not to beat with sticks Not causing physical affliction 11/10/2013 12
  13. 13.      For example, a man wants to build a house. The man represents a person’s soul. The house represents the person’s body. So here the man makes a contract with three people, one is builder, one is a material supplier and the third is the electrician & wiring company. These three people represent the three different karmas. The builder represents the body rendering karma who builds or constructs the house or body. So the better the construction, the better the body which means better health. The vedaniya is like the material supplier who supplies such things as the drywall required to build the house or body. So if the supplier supplies bad materials such as drywall with chemicals, then the house or the body will suffer. For example, drywall with chemicals will negatively affect the health of the body. The electrician & wiring person does the wiring and lighting in the house or body. If the electrician improperly does the lighting or wiring then one mistake can affect the entire house or body leading to a big disaster. Similarly, negative emotions can negatively affect the health of your body. So in conclusion, the construction of a good house requires how well the three people cooperate together. Similarly, the three karma together decides the good health of a person. 11/10/2013 13
  14. 14.   With every (good & bad) action there are (good & bad) karmic particles coming and getting attached to the soul. Tirthankar Mahavir says to his disciple Gautam, ◦ ‘Payogasaa, no visasaa’ ◦ (karma is bound by) effort and not naturally.    They stay in a dormant state for some time (anudirna). When the dormant state is over, they become effective (udaya). Having done the job they leave (nirjara). 11/10/2013 14
  15. 15.  Dravya-person ◦ Epigenetics  Kshetra-place ◦ Cold places..  Kaal- time/season ◦ Seasonal disease  Bhav- state of mind and emotions ◦ Fear of disease kills more than the disease itself 11/10/2013 15
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  20. 20.      Person imbibes karma (all kinds of karma) Vedaniy Karma with its +/- vibrations instigates the body. Intensity of the karmic bonding is rendered by Mohaniy Karma. As per the vibrations of karma, the physical body (which is a creation of naam karma) absorbs the particles from the cosmos. As the particles are received, the person experiences pleasure and pain. 11/10/2013 20
  21. 21.  Evam bhut vedana– Effects as they were bound. ◦ The karma renders the effect as it was destined to be when it was bound. ◦ For ex: Some karma which were supposed to give an effect in the form of a particular disease for a particular time, the person will have to go through the effect.  Anevam bhut vedana– effects with modifications. ◦ The person with meditation or confession and other spiritual exercises dilutes the karma, so the effect of karma becomes milder.  (Acharya Mahapragya, atama ka darshan, khanda 4, p.478, 40 verse) 11/10/2013 21
  22. 22. Uday/Fruition • Karmic effect as destined during bonding. Udirana/Expedite • Karmic effect being expedited. Sankraman/Change • Change of the karmic energy. Upasham/Suppress • Karma (mohaniy) can be subdued if they are weak. Kshay/Delete • Deleting the karma. 11/10/2013 22
  23. 23. •Meditation helps to burn out the karma. •Mantras create a new energy field to change the inner energy flow. •Penance, prayers, and spiritual efforts help replace one’s negative karma with the positive karma. •Good action is one way to negate bad karma. 11/10/2013 23
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  25. 25.       Action leads to karmic bondage. You reap what you sow! Karma can be changed or influenced (sankraman or udirana). To heal the karmic problem; the healing tools are spiritual endeavors. Therapies work if the karmic influence is not very intense. The higher the intensity of karma, the greater the healing required. 11/10/2013 25

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