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Saurabh
(Dubai UAE)

Hari Aum!

Before this online Call Talk, I used to always remain confused, whether ‘Karm’ (Action) should be given importance or ‘Praarabdh’ (Destiny)? Maaji took us through the topic step by step, giving us a complete and exhaustive overview. I am indeed blessed to be under the shelter of revered Sree Guru Parampara to be able to attend such thought-provoking Call Talk topics every month.

Today’s Call Talk started with the beautiful story of Bhakt Prahlad and Hiranyakashipu, discussing about their karm-s and praarabdh, bringing out the essence that if my hands are held by the Lord, then I am going to be performing deeds in the right direction only.

Ordinarily, no living creature endowed with a mind and intellect can remain, even for a moment of his wakeful conscious existence, without doing some work or the other. Cessation of all activities is the signature of death, therefore act we must, from birth to death. Most of the time we act instinctively, or we act motivated by our ego, and egocentric desires. Ego is the performer of karm and ego is the enjoyer of karm. It is in human form, where ego has developed to that extent, that it has formed the idea of doership. Wherever there is doership there is karm, otherwise it is kriya or karya. By entertaining these desire oriented, egocentric activities we get into endless sorrows, and we create new mental impressions (vasanas). These thoughtless & wrong tendencies propel us to act and create a new set of sorrowful existence and then we get into this never-ending vicious circle of ego motivated action, which creates new vasanas, and they demand new fields for the exhaustion of these vasanas - where the individual again fattens his ego and comes to entertain the fresh set of desires. That’s how we get trapped, and we just can’t come out of this vicious circle.

So in which direction should my karm be? The 1st thought will be that, whatever type of fruits I desire, in that direction my karm should move.

But Maaji explained that karm should be as per Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta chapter 2 verse 47,

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥

We don’t have any rights over the fruits of actions, my right is only on the karm in hand, which can only be performed in the present and the fruit is going to come in future. It can come immediately or may be at a later time in future. It keeps getting accumulated as Sanchit Karm-s. Out of these accumulated Sanchit Karm-s, which ever karm gets fructified, accordingly we get that particular embodiment. That’s how we enter different lives in different births. Whatever I am facing now are the fruits of what I did in the past; whether I like it or not it is my praarabdh. I must not give up praarabdh. I have to face it with proper understanding. If I decide to run away, then that Karm of running away, will again come back to me as my praarabdh sometime in future. I will definitely suffer again, so it is never advisable to do so. Therefore, as per the Scriptures, we need to face praarabdh with the proper understanding that if this is the kind of praarabdh I have got, then I have to improve upon my karm in this life itself to face better praarabdh in future. We definitely do not have control over the praarabdh that we have got, but we do have control over our karm in the present which will make our future praarabdh. We need to focus on the quality of karm. That’s how we can improve our praarabdh.

Maaji took us through the beautiful teachings of Sage Vashishtha & Sree Ramchandra ji’s episode, wherein Guru Vashishtha ji says that the only way to go beyond the Influences of past actions is by Guru Kripa & Ishwara Kripa, because of which the ego dissolves. When there is no ego there will be no doership, there will be no praarabdh, no enjoyership and no further binding factors of vasanas and karm.

Message from the Maa ji: Drop the doership! Explained in Verse 9, Chapter 3 of Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta

यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धन:|
तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसङ्ग: समाचर ||

It is the attitude of sacrifice of doership which alone can liberate me, otherwise all the other types of karm-s even of bounded duties, although performed perfectly, will be binding only. They will create new set of vasanas & they will create praarabdh again.

Therefore, perform action for the sake of Yajna, free from all attachments.

God dedicated selfless actions performed in a spirit of devotion and self-surrender exhaust all the existing vasanas and do not create any fresh impressions or any more fresh fields of activities. Do the action with the constant remembrance of Lord and do it as an offering, as sacrifice at the Holy feet, so that we will, not be further binding ourselves with their fruits.

My Humble Pranaams at the Lotus Feet of Pujya Guru Maa and Revered Sree Guru Parampara.

Koti Koti Pranaam,

Aum Tat Sat!