In Hungary, where I grew up, in the 1990’s the word karma was very rarely used. It was referred to as a negative expression for a sudden bad happening in one’s life. Mostly people meant God’s punishment, or a payback for a sin one committed. For a long time, I had no idea that karma was a natural law of life and it has its impact on everybody regardless whether they are aware or not.
Twenty five years later, living in the United States, I hear the word karma daily in the supermarket, at the post office, even from kids anywhere they play. Does anyone know exactly what it means? I doubt it but it is definitely more out in the light and there is also certainly more awareness in society than twenty years ago. The paradigm shift fires up our longing to know the unknown and our desire to see beyond the seen. Here is some useful knowledge I learned from my teachers; karma literally means “doing or action” and yogis explain it as the “law of cause and effect”. It plays a huge role in our lives, and often when we ask God why we need to deal with this or that problem, it is just a boomerang that comes back to us. Perhaps from a previous lifetime where we did something that we still have to pay for, the universe always works towards balance.
Karma can be explained by Newton’s Third Law; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Jesus described it with his own words as: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Karma is; whatever we sow, we reap. If we turn to people with kindness that is what we will receive, if we criticize then we will be criticized by others. Comparing with the 70’s and 80’s, today, 24 hours seem so much shorter. Time seems to have sped up. Our intentions and actions return to us much faster, with some almost instantly pulling us back to the same situations to what we have created for others. In the Aquarian Age all deeds spin back to the sender quickly and 10 folds!! The magnetic field is much stronger as we are getting closer to our soul again. This is another characteristic of the paradigm shift.
By the Master of Kundalini yoga, we are suggested to do Aquarian Sadhana (special daily spiritual practice designed for this era) for 2.5 hours because that is exactly 10% of our day and if we meditate on the creator, and feed our soul with unconditional love for this long, the rest of the day is energetically taken care of by the universe.
Karma means grip in Hungarian, and most humans are in the grip of karma (karma-bandh). Born in a given physical body to work out the owed karma. That is also the reason why we are born under certain circumstances, surrounded by certain people/souls with whom we have a contract. Unfinished stories need to be finished, imbalanced energy exchanges need to be balanced out.
Being bound to Karma is a conditioned state for everybody, yet being born as a human is a special privilege, of which, even the angels are jealous of our physical form. We cannot escape karma even if we escape this incarnation. Suicide is not a solution. Our duty, and karmas remain the same, since we only generate plus complications for the soul. The only way to get out of the cycle of death and birth (Samsara) is to finish gracefully whatever is in our contract and attain liberation. Yoga’s ancient technology shows us how to realize the Self. Yoga and karma are intertwined. Karma is the reason in, yoga is the way out.
Once we commit to practicing yoga, our owed karma begins to kick in and shows up in our life. As we keep up with yoga and our intuition sharpens, the third eye eventually opens up, we begin to understand why we need to go through certain hardships in life. When we follow the steps and basic limbs of yoga, living life truthfully, our “karmic baggage” lessens. The subtle body which encapsulates the soul body stores our karmic information becomes thinner, the energetic imprints (samskaras) continuously being discharged and released.
Very few humans are not conditioned by karma. Avatars are completely free from karma (karma-mukt) and they choose to incarnate and help humanity. They are called bodhisattvas in the Buddhist tradition. One lifetime is usually not enough to attain perfection therefore we reincarnate over and over again, until we learn the lessons and become karma free.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
“How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer