Karma & Reincarnation
Ajah and indeed most spiritually inclined people are usually oriented towards Eastern religions, which include karma and reincarnation.
Karma is known as “the law of cause and effect”, and plays a central role in determining how one’s life should be lived. Karma is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) to occur. While the law of karma does not present absolute truth as it is illusionary, it is considered as one of the most profound laws in transactional reality. The law of karma helps the seeker to see life in a bigger context, take responsibility for the fate that befalls him or her and surrender personal desires to the universal law and order (Ishvara). Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an consequence of natural acts, an expression of consciousness. Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny. According to the Vedas, if one sows goodness, one will reap goodness; if one sows evil, one will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.
All living beings are described as being under the influence of the three gunas or qualities. Always present together in varying mix and degrees, these three qualities of maya bind the awareness to the false body and to the earth plane. Above these three qualities is the eternal time.
God is the true nature of all people, thus when a Jiva (individual) is fooled into believing in the illusion of seperation, and thus performing selfish and desire filled actions. These activities are called “karma”. The underlying principle is that karma is the law that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them.
We harvest exactly what we sow; no less, no more.
Ajah teaches these points to describe Karma…
The law of karma is the expression of the law of cause and effect, which we constantly apply in our daily life:
1. Anything you do (karma = action) will produce an effect.
2. Anything that occurs in your life is either due to an action of yours in this life or an action of yours in past lives.
3. Any good action will produce something that will affect you positively; any bad action will produce something that will affect you negatively.
4. The results of actions will come about at different speed, some needing hours, some many lifetimes.
5. The total of the potential results of your actions collected over lifetimes is called sanchitta karmas.
6. Out of this total the portion that is due at the time of your birth is called prarabdha karma. The prarabdha karma is wedded to the body-mind-system of a certain lifetime.
7. So with reference to 2 above: anything that occurs in your life is either due to an action of yours in this life or due to your prarabdha karma.
8. Anyone who has not yet realized truth, will inevitably create new karmas in his lifetime; the potential results of those are summed up under the name agami karma. The agami karma will be added to the sanchitta karma following the death of the body.
9. The death of the body is unrelated to karma. Death can happen any time. However the body & mind are always subject to Karma
The Spiritual path— the way out
If you start the fire of spirituality it eventually burns up all your Karma and Ego, But only through genuine awakening, shallow spirituality never will work.
When awakened the fire starts. Since you have awakened to the Divine within your every move becomes the will of the godhead, when you reach the final realization you are the Absolute as there is no ego, no false identity left…
1)Your a human at the whim of Karma
2)You surrender to Gods will, your ego and karma fade or “burn” away
3) When there is no Individual “I” left reaching realization, you are God… A true Ajah, Ajah literally means Unborn.
“Birth is not a beginning; death is not an end. There is existence without limitation; there is continuity without a starting-point. Existence without limitation is Space. Continuity without a starting point is Time. There is birth, there is death, there is issuing forth, there is entering in.” – Chuang Tzu
First off through meditation I have learned experiential details about reincarnation… and this is much simpler than previously thought.
1 first you die
2 After death your in the Bardo a state of emptiness & your own perception of emptiness. there is God & you….
3 Two choices remain in this state , meditate(go with the emptiness), or you get bored with the nothingness and crave for rebirth.
4 your craveing for rebirth is your command as you are one with God…and so you are reborn…
Reincarnation is the concept that the spirit, after biological death of the body & mind, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. Reincarnation is the natural process of birth, death and rebirth. Ajah Know that the Jiva or Atman(soul) is one with God so is intrinsically pure. Howevever, because of the layers of I-ness and My-ness, the jiva goes through transmigration in the cycle of births and deaths. Death destroys the physical body, but not the jiva. The jiva is eternal. It takes on another body with respect to its karmas. Every karma produces a result which must be experienced either in this or some future life. As long as the jiva is enveloped in ignorance, it remains attached to material desires and subject to the cycles of births and deaths (Samsara). The soul and matter are considered eternal, unborn and perpetual. There is a constant interplay between the two, resulting in bewildering cosmic manifestations in material, psychic and emotional spheres around us. This led to the theories of transmigration and rebirth. There is no retribution, judgment or reward involved but a natural consequences of the choices in life made either knowingly or unknowingly. Hence, whatever suffering or pleasure that a soul may be experiencing in its present life is on account of choices that it has made in the past.
“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from childhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” -Bhagavad Gita (2: 12-13)
The power that keeps the individual soul bound to the wheel of life and death is its thirst for separate existence, which is a condition for a host of cravings connected with objects and experiences of the world of duality. It is for the fulfillment of cravings that the ego-mind keeps on incarnating itself. When all forms of craving disappear, the impressions which create and enliven the ego-mind disappear. With the disappearance of these impressions, the ego-mind itself is shed with the result that there is only the realisation of the one eternal, unchanging Oversoul or God, Who is the only reality. God-realisation is the end of the incarnations of the ego-mind because it is the end of its very existence. As long as the ego-mind exists in some form, there is an inevitable and irresistible urge for incarnations. When there is cessation of the ego-mind, there is cessation of incarnations in the final fulfillment of Self-realization. The world – as we ordinarily understand it – is like a dream: fleeting and illusory. To be trapped in samsara (the cycle of birth and death) is a result of ignorance of the true nature of our existence. It is ignorance of one’s true divine self that leads to ego-consciousness, grounding one in desire and a perpetual chain of reincarnation. One is reborn through desire: a person desires to be born because he or she wants to enjoy a body, which can never bring deep, lasting happiness or peace. After many births every person becomes dissatisfied and begins to seek higher forms of happiness through spiritual experience. When, after spiritual practice (sādhanā), a person realizes that the true “self” is the immortal soul rather than the body or the ego all desires for the pleasures of the world will vanish since they will seem insipid compared to spiritual bliss. When all desire is gone the person will not be born again. One would spend eternity absorbed in the perfect peace and happiness of the realization that all existence is One Ajah of which the soul is part.