Go on efficiently doing your duty at all times without attachment.
Doing work without attachment, man attains the supreme. ~ Bhagavad Gita
What is Karma?
Karma in simple terms means action. One can think of Karma as a spiritual equivalent to Newton’s Law of motion. “For every action there is an equal reaction”. If one exhibits negative force through thought, word or action, that negative energy will be resonated back. Karma is an endless cycle of deeds and thoughts a soul passes through.
The present body can be considered as a sleeve the soul wears temporarily till its expiry (death). Different religions have multiple variations of Karma, with a common base line of action & reward. A soul breaks these karmic cycles when it stops building new Karma, achieving Moksha/Nirvana.
11 secrets to a fulfilling life:
- Cause & Effect – As you sow, so shall you reap. Whatever one puts into the universe comes back to them.
- Creation – whatever surrounds us, gives direction to our inner state. Surround yourself with what you want to have in your life.
- Humility – there is good and bad existing in this world like Ying & Yang. If one keeps focusing on the negative traits or beings around them, they’ll not be able to focus on higher strata of life. Accept everything with a positive stride, in order to bring change.
- Growth – to grow spiritually you should understand, you can not control anything but yourselves. Hence if you want to change your life, start from yourself. Because that is the only thing you can control. When you change your coding, the universe follows suit and things around you start to change.
- Responsibility – take responsibility of everything in your life. This is a very important aspect of finding freedom and happiness. No matter what condition you are in, what is your current status and what people have done to you, accept it all as your own doing. The day you do this, you’ll become free and happy. Nothing and no one will be able to harm you or disturb your peace.
- Connection – everything in the universe is connected. You once were a part of a star and in the end you’ll again be a part of it. What a beautiful process of life. Hence whatever you are doing big or small, important or immaterial, everything is connected. Give your best and let the universe do the rest. Neither the first or the last step is of greater significance, they are both needed to complete the task.
- Focus – focus is a very feeble thing, it is very hard to gain, but once gained it comes with immense rewards. Second important aspect about focus is, it is unilateral. Hence when you are doing any task, give it your undivided attention, only then you will achieve success in all your endeavours.
- Giving – when we start understanding the make of this universe, we realise that there is nothing that can be possessed or called as ‘my property’. Shri Krishna says, “Everything is temporary and it keeps changing hands.” Hence sharing, helping and giving back to the world is the purest form of love and good one can do.
- Here & Now – Shri Krishna says, “one should live life by each moment, by the minute by the hour and by the day. This is true bliss!” Examining your past or worrying about your future will only steal the joy of the present. Take lessons from the past, treat each day as a present and don’t waste time worrying about the future because it is a mystery.
- Change – change is the only constant in the universe. To change our course of life we need to change our old habits, old patterns and old attitude, once we take control, life will follow the path we choose.
- Patience & Reward – “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work” – Bhagavad-Gita. Every reward comes in time, with initial grind. Rewards of lasting nature require patience and persistence.
Karma is a lifestyle that inspires positive thinking & actions. It should not be considered as a punishment, but it exists for the sake of education.
Every religion speaks about Karma in its own way and methods of breaking the karmic cycle. But the common factor between all of them is – what you give is what you get. We are all connected and our actions, deeds and thoughts affect the environment around us.
- Do good and good will follow.
- Accept whatever you get, with time you’ll get what you deserve.
- The only thing you control is yourself. So, if you want to change something, change yourself and the world around you will change.
- Live in the present, because past is gone and future is unknown.