How does a soul choose a body?

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How is a particular body chosen for a particular karma? If the whole energy is one, then on what basis does it spread into different forms?

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How does a soul choose a body?

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Questioner: How is a particular body chosen for a particular karma? If the whole energy is one, then on what basis does it spread into different forms?

Sadhguru: That is your karma. See, you can choose to eat whatever you want, isn’t it? You can eat rice grown in Tamil Nadu, Tamil mannu will become part of you. So, if you eat chapatti, maybe Punjabi mitti is becoming part of you. These days people are eating fruits that come from New Zealand, maybe you’re slowly acquiring the karma of a kangaroo, because kangaroo manure has gone into it. Yes!

So, it is all the same earth, but you can choose which part of the earth you can make it a part of you, isn’t it? So, similarly, it is all the same energy, but you can make something else out of it. Everybody ate rice only probably today, but not everybody is the same, because you are given the freedom to do whatever you want with it. With the same earth you can produce rice, you can produce wheat, you can produce ragi, you can make a mango, you can make a coconut, you can make whatever, isn’t it?

So, with the same energy, you made it like this, she made it like that, I made it like this, he made it like that – same energy. This is why we said, ‘the way you are is your karma.’ That means it’s your doing. This is the only culture which is very, very clear that, the way you are is not God’s doing, the way you are is your doing. It’s your karma means it’s your doing. Creation is not your doing, but the way you are, the way you’re experiencing life, what you are attracting, what you are getting into, is 100% your doing. It is your karma.

So, right now, you look at yourself, if you don’t like the way you are, do the right karma. Yes! You’ve not done the right thing, that’s all. If you are right now sitting like this [slouching], you want to sit like this [straight back], come here 3 months, I will tell you what you should do, you will sit like this. Yes! So, if you sit like this, it’s called a pyramid, you know? Pyramids were built for the dead, not for the living. If you’ve taken the shape of a pyramid, you must understand, this is the abode of the dead, this is not the abode of the living. The living has to be housed in a beautiful house. Yes? The dead can be put up in a pile of rocks, which we call a pyramid.

So, if you are growing into the form of a pyramid, you must work it out. It’s your karma – this is your also your karma, this is also your karma. Joy is also your karma, misery is also you karma. Isn’t it wonderful, your life is your business, and nobody’s business? Is it not wonderful? Hmm? No? Is it not wonderful your life is your business, and nobody’s business? You can make whatever you want out of it – is it not wonderful? There cannot be more compassion, for someone as small as you in this creation, who are you? You are a tiny speck. To you this much freedom has been given, that you can shape your life the way you want it – isn’t this fantastic? Isn’t this the ultimate compassion? ‘Uuf!’ means you’re gone, but to you, who is not even like a worm in this cosmos, you are like a speck of dust, to you, so much freedom has been given, that you can shape your life the way you want it.

If you want, you can become God-like. If you want, you can become just a lump of earth. Whatever you choose, it’s left to you – is it not wonderful? No? Is it not wonderful? Absolutely wonderful, isn’t it? So, it’s your karma.

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