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Understanding the Prime Essence of Karma

When it comes to Karma, some relate it to good and bad actions. But Karma is something which is far more profound than that. Guruma Bhrigushree is explaining What Karma is all about. Those who are looking to know the real meaning of the word can read on.

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What is Karma?

Karma meaning in English is action, work or deed. It is a keyconcept in not only Hinduism but also Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Sanskrit, the word is also known as ‘Kriya' which mean activity along with the steps and effort in action. But experts believe that Karma is the executed action which is of that activity. A good action gives good results while a bad action gives bad results as does bad intent.

As per Mahabharata, “What is Karma? As you sow so you reap. No man can able to inherit good or bad deeds of another man. Your actions are only ours and the fruit is of the same quality as your action.”

Lord Krishna has clearly said, “Without Karma your life is worthless. You will not consider a human being. If you have eyes they will see. If you have nose it will smell. If you have ears they will listen. But you should have control in your “Gyanindriya” for what to see, what to hear, what to taste and what to smell. Those who have control in these 5 organs are known as Karmayogi.”

“What goes around, comes around.”

There are many tales in Bhagawad Geeta providing the simple definition of Karma. Let's discover one of the most famous tales.Once upon a time, in a jungle an elephant was accidentally fallen into a pit. It was trying hard to come out but unsuccessful. A thief was crossing the jungle. He saw the elephant but instead of helping the animal, he used it as a bridge to cross the pit. After going for a few miles, the thief discovered a bag full of gold coins. Later on the same road, a Brahman was crossing. He felt the animal's agony and helped to get the animal out from the pit. He somehow managed to save the elephant but during this action, he fell into the same pit and got hurt. Seeing this Narad Muni (a messenger in Hindu God) asked Lord Vishnu about this. The God replied back to him that due to the bad Karma of the thief, he lost all the gold coins. The man who helped the elephant had received a few scratches on his body. He turned his destiny with his good action. His destined was that he might die but his good action saved him from death.

Types of Karma

To understand Karma meaning, it is important to know different types of Karma. The great Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita says Karma marga is one of the several spiritual paths in Hinduism. It has several types.

Nishkama Karma plays a vital role where human beings perform a self-less or desireless action without expecting fruits or results. A spritual seeker acts according to dharma without attaching himself with the consequences or fruits. This action is called a duty for duty's sake. Nishkam Karma gets an important place in Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna advocates Nishkama Yoga as an ideal path to understand the truth. Here the thought of outcomes purifies one's mind.