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  1. 1. Can the Destiny be changed through Karma? © Bharat Bhardwaj 2008
  2. 2. ‘ KARMA’, DESTINY & Astrology by Bharat Bhardwaj Author of ‘ Minimizing the 80% Bullshit of your Life ’ © Bharat Bhardwaj 2008 (Confidential: For internal circulation only)
  3. 3. Acknowledgements <ul><li>This presentation is the outcome of my learnings from my respected Jyotish Guru </li></ul><ul><li>Shri K.N.Rao </li></ul><ul><li>and, the knowledge gained from the writings of </li></ul><ul><li>Swami Ramsukhdas. </li></ul>
  4. 4. To human is result of Err <ul><li>‘ Nanak dukhiya sab sansaar’ – there in no soul in the world who doesn’t suffer. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact our birth is result of our karma which one is supposed to ‘bhogya’ (enjoy or suffer -good as well as bad). </li></ul><ul><li>Rebirth keeps on taking place until one’s karma account achieves Zero debit and Zero credit. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ One will have to pay all the credits which one has taken from others, but one has freewill to waive-off the credit given to others in order to achieve salvation’, wrote Swami Ramsukhdas. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Karma ? <ul><li>‘ Karma ’- for broader understanding - is any act performed by an individual – </li></ul><ul><li>Whether to achieve some objective, </li></ul><ul><li>Willingly or unwillingly, </li></ul><ul><li>As a part of a process or duty, </li></ul><ul><li>Knowingly or unknowingly, or </li></ul><ul><li>Mentally – by thinking, or physically – by speaking, hearing, seeing, touching or doing </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Karma’ leads to fructification or ‘a result’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Akarma… ? <ul><li>Any act performed by an individual selflessly without objective, selfishness, duty etc. becomes “Akarma ”. </li></ul><ul><li>This higher stage is achieved by the individual when one stops differentiating between ‘within oneself’ and ‘outside world’, and attains the state of oneness with nature, & its mystical supreme power GOD </li></ul><ul><li>It does not lead to any fruit/result but leads to Mukti (salvation) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vikarma… ? <ul><li>Any bad act performed by an individual which is considered as Paap (sinful) i.e. against the family, society or humanity </li></ul><ul><li>Generally it results in sufferings of the individual </li></ul>
  8. 8. Classification of Karma… ? Sanchit (Accumulated from previous births) Kriyamaan (Being performed in present life) Prarabdh (Part of Sanchit karma allocated to be executed in present life) Mainly 3 types of Karma
  9. 9. Kriyamaan Karma… Phal-Ansh Samskaar-Ansh Shudh Good deeds Beneficial for all Ashudh Bad deeds arising out of Greed, Lust, Anger, Ego, Jealousy & Attachment Drashta (visible) Adrashta (invisible) Tatkalik (immediate) Kalantarik (Long term) Lokik (within this life span) Parlokik (future births)
  10. 10. Sanchit Karma… Phal-Ansh Samskaar-Ansh Prarabdh (Karma to be fructified in present birth) Sphurna (Force behind the fructification of karma)
  11. 11. Prarabdh Karma… Anukool paristhiti (Favourable conditions) Pritikool paristhiti (Adverse conditions) Mishrit paristhiti (Mixed conditions) Swechhapurvak kriya (Own willingness) Aneechhapurvak kriya (Unwillingly) Pareechhapurvak kriya (Someone else’s willingness)
  12. 12. What is Bhagya (Destiny)? <ul><li>‘ Bhagya ’- in simple terms is the pre-decided fate/events of one’s life, because </li></ul><ul><li>We all are born under a certain constellation of planets </li></ul><ul><li>We have no control on our birth </li></ul><ul><li>We all are born in different families under different conditions & circumstances, exposed to different surroundings and undergo different sequence of events in our individual lives. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Bhagya (Destiny) & Freewill <ul><li>Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans illustrated with the following example: </li></ul><ul><li>A Cow is tied up with a rope. </li></ul><ul><li>She has a limitation that she </li></ul><ul><li>can’t move beyond a </li></ul><ul><li>certain distance. But she </li></ul><ul><li>has freedom to graze & move </li></ul><ul><li>within the circumference of </li></ul><ul><li>circle possible . Limit is destiny, </li></ul><ul><li>And the freedom to choose her </li></ul><ul><li>own movement is freewill </li></ul>
  14. 14. Can Bhagya (Destiny) be changed? <ul><li>Srimat Bahgwat Gita clearly says that Karma is superior to destiny. </li></ul><ul><li>With one’s good deeds in Kriyamaan Karma, one can dilute the evil effect of Sanchit Karma upto some extent, and can enhance the good effect as well. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Can Bhagya (Destiny) be changed? <ul><li>Our Rishi-munis & Yogis have suggested </li></ul><ul><li>Daan (charity), </li></ul><ul><li>Yagya (prayers) and </li></ul><ul><li>Japa (chanting of mantra, stotras) </li></ul><ul><li>to mellow down the suffering due to past karma, and to strengthen one’s threshold to bear it. </li></ul><ul><li>All over the world in every religion there are hundreds and thousands of live examples where group prayers and chanting with full faith have done miracles in the lives of people. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Can Bhagya (Destiny) be changed? <ul><li>Second method suggested by experts of this field is to take ‘diksha’ from a Guru (master) who is capable of neutralising the impact of one’s past karma </li></ul>
  17. 17. Can Bhagya (Destiny) be changed? <ul><li>Another method recommended by experts is meditation and “Kundalini” awakening i.e. to attain the ultimate state of one’s inner consciousness, and oneness with the supreme mystic power of the universe. Indian yogis have used this technique for over 4000 years to live tranquil, productive and focused lives. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Indian Astrology <ul><li>Vedic astrology is a wonderful tool – provided one gets a good honest astrologer – to guide people. Also it helps people get hope of light after darkness </li></ul><ul><li>The ancient texts also suggest several remedies (Japa, Daan, Yagya) to get relief from one’s sufferings, to improve one’s bearing capacity as well as one’s attitude towards life. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Then what to do… <ul><li>Thank God for whatever one has got, and realize that it’s outcome of one’s own deeds </li></ul><ul><li>Offer prayers, chant or meditate </li></ul><ul><li>Do your dharma (duties & responsibilities) towards your family, work, society & humanity. Avoid harming or hurting anybody in this process. </li></ul><ul><li>Serve humanity selflessly in whatever best capacity you feel you can do </li></ul><ul><li>Try consciously not to get influenced by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kama (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Greed), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moh (Attachment), Aahankar (Ego) and Irsha (Jealousy) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Suggested readings <ul><li>You may read the following books on this subject of Karma theory & rebirth </li></ul><ul><li>Karma & Rebirth in Hindu Astrology by Shri K.N.Rao </li></ul><ul><li>Karm-Rahasya by Swami Ramsukhdas (Geeta Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Bhaktisutra by Narad </li></ul><ul><li>Srimad Bhagwat Gita </li></ul><ul><li>Reincarnation by Dr. E.L.Stevenson, Head, Deptt. Of Para-psychology, Univ. of Virginia, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Hindu Psychology by Swami Abhedinand </li></ul><ul><li>Life after life by Dr. Raymond </li></ul><ul><li>Garuda Puran, Padam Puran, Bhagvat Puran </li></ul>
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