In the first part of the article Sadhguru explains what is Karma - the past impressions of life. Sadhguru also tells us the distinction between, Sanchita Karma, and Prarabhda Karma. Sadhguru shares a simple way one can start breaking ones physical Karma. Sadhguru says - "Depending on what kind of impressions you took in, whether it was hatred and anger, or love and joy, you accordingly have a certain kind of personality – usually every human being is a complex mixture of these things. Once you allow this karmic structure to build beyond a certain point, there is really no such thing as freedom. Everything that you do is conditioned by the past. If you want to move in the direction of liberation, one of the first things that you need to do is to loosen the grip and shackle of karma."
Is Karma a wicked ploy to keep everything in suffering? Sadhguru tells us that there is nothing wicked about Karma. In fact Karma is the very basis of our physical existence. Karma is a wall we have built around us for our self-preservation. But this wall has also become our bondage. There is a part of you which is always wanting to expand and grow. For that, this same wall has become a wall of self-imprisonment. The most profound thing that Sadhguru tells us is, that 'no matter what kind of karma you have, this moment's karma is always in your hands'.
Apart from individual karma, there is also 'collective' karma, or karmic memory. Karma is the memory of life. So, whatever actions are being done around you, will have an impact on you. You share your karmic memory with your family, community, nation. Lot of people may go through a lot of suffering and pain without in any way being associated with what is happening around them. Collective Karma may create certain consequences for you, but how you experience life within you, is entirely your making.
Karma is essentially about the volition behind the action. Sadhguru says 'Karma is only in terms of your need to do something. When you have no need to do anything and you simply do what is needed, there is no karmic attachment to it.' When the volition is taken away, there will be no Karma. Acceptance, and unbounded responsibility means you will not have any volition about anything, and you will just do what is needed.
Sadhguru tells us that we form habits, which are certain patterns, to bring a certain ease in our lives, and for the sake of survival. As people grow, those looking for excitement, will drop their habits easily, while those who are fearful and want to preserve themselves will hold onto their habits. Sadhguru says - "What we refer to as karma is also just this. Karma means you are unconsciously creating patterns for yourself, not only about your behavior, but about the way life happens to you."
In a way, dream and wakeful states are both reality. Both are interpretations of the mind. Sadhguru says, "Right now, how you are experiencing the creation is completely dreamy. It is not the way it is". Karma is accumulated because of volition, not action. Because there is no volition in a dream, you can not accumulate Karma while dreaming, it is a process of unwinding of Karma. So, yes, in many ways, your dreams are driven by your Karma. Sadhguru also shares how a simpleton is unwinding more karma than winding new; and how educated people are winding way more than they are unwinding, largely because of the current education system which establishes strong intentions in a person.
If your energies move upwards, but your thoughts move downwards, then they will collide and create certain friction and struggle within you. There is a distinction between thoughts and thinking. Though, how you think is strongly influenced by your karma, but if you are willing, your intellect can think beyond it. When you do any sadhana, it is very important that you create the necessary psychological ambiance within yourself to reap the full benefits of the practices. Sadhguru gives a simple 20 second 'crash course' to become more receptive and distance yourself from your karmic structure.
Sadhguru says, that we should learn to be happy with our compulsions! Only when we are joyful, transformation is possible. Joyfulness brings flexibility; and only flexibility opens the possibility to go beyond our compulsions. If we bury, our karma deep, then it will grow manifold. "Karma, is not the problem; how you carry it is the only problem".
What is Karma? How does one end up building a Karmic mountain? And once one has build an enormous Karmic mountain, how does one dismantle it? In this article, Sadhguru simplifies this extremely complex aspect of life. It is the journey of inclusion with absolute involvement which is liberating. Read on to find more...
The process of life itself dissolves your Karma. But you are building up new Karma through your thoughts and emotions. For many people building more Karma outpaces the dissolution! Karma is the illusion of many. This is the foundation of Karma. Sadhguru says 'if you confuse yourself, “Which is me and which is not me?” suddenly karma loses its foundation'. Kriyas and Pranayam are a process to strengthen the energy body and bring a certain distance from your Karma.
Karma means action. Action is performed at four levels, at the level of body, mind, emotion and energy. Most of the actions you perform are unconscious, but their residual memory builds within you. Though Karma is being projected as 'reward and punishment', it is not that. Karma means, building up memory. It means, life is entirely your making. In the Indian culture, God is not the goal, the ultimate goal is always liberation. Mukti or liberation means to wipe out the Karmic information that you have gathered.
Disease can be because of chaotic energy in the system. It can also be because of strong karmic reasons. Prarabhda, is the karma allotted for this lifetime. It is written at the level of the energy. So, everyone's energy, prana, behaves a certain way because of this karmic bondage. Simplistically, portions of the energy are allocated for action, emotion, thought process and for your experiential dimension. In contemporary society, the energy allotted for emotion is no finding expression, leading to deviations and all kinds of mental health issues. The physical activity has also drastically reduced. This unused energy can also cause disease.
Yes, it is possible! If you step over someone, especially when they are sitting or lying down with eyes closed, you could be walking into their energy body, because in these states their energy body expands. In Yoga, there are three physical dimensions to you - physical, mental and energy. Once you are conscious you do not want to walk into someone else's mental or energy bodies, because that can have an impact on you.
Whenever you think about Karma, you should always be referring to yourself! Someone else's karma is not your business. Your life is your responsibility. If you refer to someone else's Karma, you will become a negative force. So, do not worry about your family's Karma. Sadhguru tells us 'you need to realize, whatever happens in your life, it is you'.
Is There A Conflict Between Karma And Inclusiveness?
There is no conflict between these two. Karma means residual memory - physical memory, psychological memory, emotional memory and energy memory. By the very nature, memory will always have a boundary. Because there is a boundary, if you want to expand, it becomes a limitation. So, you must loosen it up and bring inclusiveness into your system. Nature is anyway inclusive, so you just become aware of that.