Karma is action. All actions done in the existing life or earlier generations are accumulated in a huge pot with pluses and minuses – plus stands for positive or good Karma while minus stands for negative or bad Karma. Minus or negative Karma get neutralized by good actions or positive Karma. Suppose this pot at any point in time has 100 signs – 65 pluses and 35 minuses. And you have done, say, 15 positive or good actions (Karma). This neutralizes 15 minuses in the pot, and you are left with 65 pluses and 20 minuses. And then you further do 10 positive or good actions. The pluses in the pot add to 75. This process of addition and deletion of pluses and minuses continue life after life until the point when there are no pluses or minuses in the pot. This is the state of moksha or nirvana – the point where you are no longer reborn in this world, and you attain salvation.
All actions are Karma if and only if you act without looking at or expecting the consequences of your action. Remember you are Nature and Law of Nature is the Law of Cause and Effect where Nature is the Cause, Cause without looking at the Effect. Let us say, for example, you make a donation of Rs. 10000 to an Old Aged Home. Remember the saying: “What the right hand does, the left hand should not know.”. It is no use donating this amount and expecting it be publicized or honoured. The moment you think akin, the value of the donation becomes zero and you do not earn your good Karma.
Karma is actions without expectations of money, fame or name. This is what will benefit the society and lead to peace of mind and ultimately world peace.
Replacing the K in Karma with D, Karma becomes Darma. Therefore, Darma is Karma performed as part of your duty or laws that govern thie Universe. Only human beings bestowed with the sixth sense are capable of Darma while for all other living beings it is always only Karma. Life without Darma is akin to life without oxygen.
What then is Darma?
It refers to harmony, ethical conduct and righteousness. Just as you are obligated to follow the laws in Society so as to avoid punishment, so is Darma. Life without Darma in an individual leads to punishment by way of accumulating minuses in your pot of Karma.
In the earlier blog, the Law of Nature was defined as one of cause and effect. If this is understood, Nature’s Laws would be one where caution is exercised to avoid unpleasant or unwanted effects. Causes leading to such effects have to be avoided in order to lead a life that is more positive, more enduring, and more peaceful. This is what is expected of each and every human being in this Universe. As already known, only human beings alone with the sixth sense are capable of preventing such ill effects – effects that will cause harm and affect the tranquility of Nature.
For example, violence begets violence. It should be avoided at all costs in struggles, political or otherwise. Non-violence should not be confused with weakness or cowardice. You need more inner strength when the other side is resorting to violence. It can give you a big inner strength to overwhelm the enemy. Mahatma Gandhi is a epitome of non-violence.
After completing the Bar exam in London, Gandhi went to practice law in South Africa only to be humiliated by the British there. However, he chose the path of non-violence and sathyagraha to counter the unfair British Rule rather than oppressive forces of violence.
The following comments by Sir Winston Churchill proves their power –
“If Gandhi had come to fight with ships, we had powerful airplanes to destroy them. If he had guns in hand, we have Powerful Tanks to crush them to the floor. But this man came up with Non-violence and Sathyagraha – against which we had no weapons at all to fight with”!
Gandhiji called this seeking truth. Noone can be forced into the act of following Nature’s Laws – it is an absolute mandate to achieve what humans are expected to do. It becomes more of one’s will than a law.
Take for example the light from the moon that we perceive. The moon unlike the sun has no light of its own. It merely reflects the light from the sun. The sun is the cause, and the effect is the light from the moon. This cause-and-effect principle is the Law of Nature. Whatever happens around us follows this Law of Nature. The Law of Nature is the same as Newton’s Third Law of Motion in Physics – Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When an electric current passes through an electromagnet, the iron rod is magnetized. The magnetic force is directly proportional to the current passing through the magnet.
Numerous examples can be sited from Nature around us. Rain, lightning, or thunder follow the same Law. As human beings bestowed with the sixth sense, it is expected that we understand this Law of Nature. All our actions must be in tune with this Law in order to prevent any damage to ourselves. No attempt must be made to transcend or supersede Nature. For example, if a person says that he wants to test what gravity is and walks off a roof, he/she is sure to face death.
All diseases/infections in the physical body have a cause and effect. The cause for such diseases/infections is generally due to changes in the polarity of the cells in the human body. The polarity of the cells when maintained will prevent diseases/infections. Polarity of the cells can be maintained by regular yogic practices.
Society through acquired knowledge is aware of how Nature functions. With this knowledge, human beings can then predict, with an acceptable degree of accuracy, the likely impact of the Law of Nature on living beings. For example, predicting the weather with a fair amount of accuracy will help living beings be prepared for the vagaries of Nature. The Laws of Nature form the basis of Science and Technology.
Thinking Real what yoU See Transpiring.
When a close friend recommends an investment, the thoughtless mind simply trusts the friend and the investment is made. However, should the investment turn out bad and you lose a lot of money, you begin to mistrust the friend. Trust then was thinking that the return would be real. And when the contrary happens you lose the trust in the friend. If the friend is an experienced investor and trustworthy, you must trust the person whatever happens. This is Trust.
A dog is the best example of Trust. There was once an old lady who had a dog living with her through thick and thin. At night, the dog used to sleep under her bed. One day, it jumped on the bed and began to lick her jaw. The lady felt that it was very strange but trusted the sudden change in the dog’s behaviour. Her mind wanted her to go for a checkup with the doctor. And lo! A malignant tumour was detected but treated well in advance to save her life. This is Trust.
To succeed in whatever challenging has to be done, it is first necessary that we Trust ourselves (For example, learning a new language). By this is meant that:
- We have the skills.
- We can learn and acquire the required skills that we lack.
- Trusting that we can keep up the promise.
- Implement the steps to complete the challenge.
Suppose you and your 10-year-old child are crossing a shallow river stream. Which is preferred – you holding the child’s hand or the child holding your hand? If child is holding your hand, the child may at one point let lose if he/she is unable to hold on. On the other hand, if you are holding the child’s hand, you will never let go the child’s hand, come what may. The child can Trust you! In any relationship, what matters is not that which binds but that which bonds.
A blind man Trusts the person who is guiding him. True love is based on Trust. Cure is a function of how much you Trust the doctor attending on your illness. Success in sports is dependent on how much he/she Trusts the coach. A child Trusts his/her mother through tooth and nail.
Fearlessly Adhering to anythIng That Happens
Faith is derived from the Latin fides, meaning confident. It represents allegiance to duty or a person, that is, fidelity to one’s promises and sincerity of intentions. Just as an eagle which soars high in the sky far above the storms, people with unflinching Faith, rise above their problems with exhilarating confidence. Some people say that how we live is what matters, what we believe does not matter. However, the relationship between our life and our Faith is much more nuanced. Faith is like an Inner Voice that keeps reminding us about the positive outlook of life. As long as we have Faith, regardless of the outcome and continue our efforts, the reward will be more than we wanted or expected.
All of know the story of the Thirsty Crow. The crow which was thirsty was flying about with complete Faith that it will find some water to quench its thirst. And sure enough, it found a pitcher with little water in it. The crow could not reach the water. It still did not lose Faith. It looked around and thinking of how to reach the water. Ah! Idea! It picked up small pebbles nearby and dropped them one by one into the pitcher. The water level rose. It drank the water and flew away happily. The Faith that it had is a lesson for us. Creativity comes from Faith.
Faith and duty are intertwined. Take the case of the soldiers protecting the borders in the LOC. What keeps them living each day is Faith that they will one day be relieved of this duty and go back to their families.
Sincerity of intentions result in Faith. Suppose you have the intention of completing a specific goal/task, having Faith that you can complete the task in the stipulated time is what matters. Lack of Faith leads to resting complacent with obstacles as excuses. Suppose a film producer has the intention of having prominent actors/actresses and completing a film, he has to have the Faith that he can accomplish this under all circumstances. Having Faith is like putting in place the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
People who have Faith have Hope and people who have Hope have Faith. One cannot have one without the other.
In the earlier blog, it was mentioned that the conscious mind is what functions through the sense organs, perceives the external objects through the sense organs and stores these impressions or experiences in the sub-conscious mind, which is subjective and recalls these experiences whenever required. The sub-conscious mind is active 24/7 even when the body is in the sleep state.
Dreams occur in the sleep state. This implies that is the sub-conscious mind which is recalling the experiences of the conscious mind in the waking state. It is therefore important that these impressions by the conscious mind are positive so that the dreams do not affect the sleep quality.
Fort this purpose, our thoughts, words and actions in the waking state of the conscious mind should be favourable for good dreams in the sleep state. We become accountable for our own dreams. The conscious mind is like the mail sent while the sub-conscious mind is like the inbox. Dreams get their stimuli from the conscious mind. Thoughts must be pure, words must be kind and mean no harm, actions must be righteous.
Controlling our thoughts, words, and actions through self-introspection (discussed in the earlier blog) is the means to this end. Sweet dreams keep the mind in peace. Dreams are not a by-product of sleep but serves its own important function in our well-being. Dreams may be involuntary but controllable through our thoughts, words, and actions.
In the earlier blogs, it was explained that the Conscious Mind is an expanded form of the SOUL or Consciousness. It is the means by which we perceive the external objects through the five senses in the physical body. As such we become conscious of the physical body. It is objective type of the Mind. It the rational level of the Mind which is capable of reasoning what is to be seen, heard, felt, spoken, or thought of by the five senses. The embryo contains the DNA, carrier of the hereditary imprints from earlier generations. The SOUL is an integral part of the embryo which becomes the source of life force energy in all living beings.
The Sub-Conscious Mind is irrational in nature. The Sub-Conscious Mind does not engage in questioning what the Conscious Mind reasons out. Both the Conscious Mind and the Sub-Conscious Mind are two spheres of activity within the Mind. Whatever is seen, heard, felt, spoken, or thought of by the Conscious Mind through the five senses is transmitted to the Sub-Conscious Mind for execution. It is therefore the seat of all emotions and creativity. The experiential inputs from the Conscious Mind are also stored as imprints in the SOUL. It is logical to infer that the Sub-Conscious Mind works the way you want – dependent on the inputs from the Conscious Mind. Remember the saying: ” As you sow, so you reap.” The Conscious Mind thus becomes the watchman at the gate to protect the Sub-Conscious Mind from incorrect impressions. Incorrect impressions stored as imprints in the Mind become detrimental to the emotional and harmonious functioning of daily activities. Creativity is lost! Keep in mind that the Sub-Conscious Mind is active 24/7 even while the Conscious Mind is in the sleep state. What is impressed in the Sub-Conscious Mind is expressed out! It is subjective in nature and hence the name Sub-Conscious.
The Sub-Conscious Mind hence becomes the warehouse of Power within each one of us. Harnessing this Power is easy and practical. Given below are a few tips experienced by the author to harness this boundless Power within.
- Auto suggestions work wonders. Auto suggestion means suggesting something definite and specific to oneself. For example, before you sleep, you tell yourself – I have to get up at 5:00 A.M. to catch a flight. This thought goes to the Suh-Conscious Mind as an imprint and the physical body responds the next morning to this. There is no need for an alarm!
- Telepathy or thought transfer: On many occasions, the author has found that thoughts in the Sub-Conscious Mind communicate to others, even thousands of miles apart.
- Positive reinforcement: Again, remember the quote: ” A healthy Mind is a healthy Body.” Telling yourself that you are healthy and well, keeps you so. Pains and diseases vanish.
- Connecting with the Divine within: The SOUL is the Divine within each one of us. The life force energy from the body is dissipated to the outer space through the Conscious Mind and use of the five senses. This awareness will enable you to have full control of the Conscious Mind.
The reason there is so much of chaos and misery in the world is that very few people understand the interaction between the Conscious Mind and the Sub-Conscious Mind. When these two are in accord and in control, there will be harmony, peace, health, happiness and joy around. The Power of the Sub-Conscious Mind is boundless and within you for you to make use of!
There are five circulations in the physical body corresponding to the five elements of Nature – Fire, Air, Water, Akash or Aether and Earth. This is true of all living beings in the Manifested Universe.
Corresponding to Fire, there is the body heat being maintained. The two Nadis carrying heat energy (Sun) and cool energy (Moon) are balanced so as to maintain the body temperature irrespective of exposure to excess heat or cold environment.
Corresponding to Air, the lungs in the body are responsible for the Air circulation. The lungs take in pure Air while breathing in and impure Air while breathing out. The process of inhalation and exhalation occurs at a fixed frequency.
Corresponding to Water, we have the blood circulation. Blood is a fluid that carries Oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the body and carries away carbon dioxide and other waster products from the cells. Technically, it is a transport fluid pumped by the heart to all parts of the body.
Corresponding to Akash or Aether (Helium), life force energy circulation in the body cells is responsible for the effective functioning of the different organs in the body. This energy source in the body is the SOUL situated in the Mooladhara Chakra at the tip of the spinal cord.
Corresponding to Earth, the bio-magnetic energy circulation in the body is vital for maintaining the polarity of the body cells. The cells in the body comprising of 70% water have a positive charge due to the Hydrogen ions and a negative charge due to the Oxygen ions. The polarity of the cells is maintained by the gravitational force of the Earth. That is why it is termed Biomagnetic. A disruption of the cell polarity is what causes pain or dis-ease.
Proper maintenance of the five circulations in the body is vital for the normal functioning of the body. Yogic practices help. Human beings alone are capable of learning such practices.
There are seven main Chakras in the human body. These Chakras are the body’s energy centers. They run along the spinal cord to the crown of the head from where the energy from the body emerges and merges back with the energy in the Universe. Each Chakra emits a distinct color and energy and corresponds to a specific gland in the body. It further controls the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing. Any block or dysfunction of these Chakras will result in an imbalance in the body.
There are Yogic practices that stimulate and balance the energy in the Chakras for happiness and wellbeing. The Chakras disperse the five forms of prana or energy to the entire body. They also represent the five basic the elements of Nature.
The table below gives the description of the seven Chakras.
Chakra Color Element Location Gland Meaning Mooladhara Red Earth At the base of the spine Reproductive glands Stability, confidence, energetic Svadisthana Orange Water 2″ below the naval Adrenal Creativity Manipura Yellow Fire Naval Pancreas Wisdom Anahata Green Air 4″ below the throat Thymus Love Visuddha Blue Space At the throat Thyroid Communication Ajna Indigo Aether Between the eyebrows Pituitary Awareness Sahastrara White Divine State 12″ above the crown Pineal Spirituality
Ways to balance the Chakras:
- Having a sattvic diet
- Specific simple asanas to awaken each separate Chakra can be practiced.
- Breathing exercises like pranayama/Kapalabathi
- Any form of meditation
Just as the umbilical cord is the source of nutrients for the fetus/embryo until birth, the Nadis are the channels of life energy in the human body after birth. The embryo/soul contains the genes, the functional/physical units of heredity from each parent. The structure of the DNA in the genes is a double-helix wound anti-parallelly. The replication of the genetic code in the DNA is made possible by unwinding of the double-helix by the protein Helikase to get two separate channels as carriers for the genetic code and the energy therefrom is what controls the functions of the organs in the physical body.
The two basic Nadis in the body – Ida and Pingala also originate from the soul/kanda. This the point at the tip of the spinal chord and 1″ above the anal opening. Please see the comparative table below between the DNA helix and the Nadis.
Nadis DNA Helix Chakras at the points of intersections Protein Helikase at the points of unwinding Channels of life energy – prana Channels of life giving protein energy The chakras represent the five elements of Nature The elements in the DNA structure -Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, and Phosphorous also represent Nature Left channel associated with lunar energy (moon) – cool, negatively charged, and feminine The helixes carry positive and negative charges Right channel associated with solar energy (sun) – hot, positively charged, and masculine The channels have to maintained unblocked DNA mutations are to be prevented
Given below are two common Yogic practices to maintain the Nadis unblocked. It is recommended that these be practiced daily to remain healthy and dis-ease free.
- Pranayama: Only the thumb and the ring fingers are used to close the right and left nostrils respectively. Sit in a comfortable position ( the spinal chord must be kept erect and the eyes closed throughout the practice). With the right nostril closed with the thumb, inhale through the left nostril 10 seconds. HOLD the breath for 10 seconds. With the left nostril closed with the ring finger, exhale through the right nostril for 20 seconds. Now repeat this cycle starting with the inhalation through the right nostril for 10 seconds, HOLD, and exhalation through the left nostril. This completed one cycle. Repeat at least 5 cycles daily. The ratio of 1:1:2 for inhalation, HOLD, and exhalation must be maintained for best results.
- Kapalabathi: Sit comfortably. Moola Bandham – Contract the muscles of the anus and draw the muscles of the stomach in. Retain Moola Bandham while completing the cycle. Keep the eyes closed throughout the practice. Place the right hand on the right lap. Close the left nostril with the left thumb. Exhale forcefully through the right nostril. Inhale through the right nostril. Then close the right nostril with the index finger (at the same time removing the left thumb from the left nostril). Exhale forcefully through the left nostril and inhale through the same nostril. Rest for a few minutes. Repeat the above sequence 10 times. This is one cycle of Kapalabathi. Do 3 cycles daily.
Here, I am reminded of my paternal aunt who used to bathe just/new born babies (our children) until about a year. Everyday while bathing, she used to blow forcefully through the mouth keeping either of the nostrils closed at anytime. This technique, I believe is to keep the Nadis unblocked for free flow of prana in the body. Today, I can vouch for the efficacy of this technique (perhaps adopted for me as well when i was born) in maintaining good health and immunity.