All actions performed by the body, mind, senses and intellect are called karmas. There are two types of karmas – voluntary and involuntary. The actions, which are done with a desire are voluntary karmas whereas the actions done without desires are termed as involuntary karmas. Steeping onto an ant while walking is an involuntary karma. Involuntary karmas are not accounted for. The Shrimad Bhagwat Gita teachings emphasised doing actions without having the desire of the results of the actions.
According to ancient Indian philosophy, karmas are of three types – kriyaman karma, sanchit karma and prarabdh karma. Kriyaman karma is an action that is instantly fructified and exhausted at the same time without carrying forward to the future. Sanchit karma is the sum total of the assets and liabilities of your personal karmic balance sheet. Prarabdh karma are the karmas that fructify during a person’s lifetime in the form of his/her luck.
Destiny is the fructification of our positive and negative karmic stock. Several lifetimes produce several profit and loss accounts of karma. The balance sheet of an individual defines their current state of wealth. The expenditure side of the profit and loss account of a particular life are what we owe to our parents, to the five elements, to plant kingdom, to animal kingdom, to guides and teachers. It also includes the negative karmas done by us like criticising others, acts of unfairness, criminal acts that harm others, mental hurt and trauma. The income side of profit and loss account includes positive karmas like feeding others, greening places, providing shelter and medication to needy, educating poor, being righteous, being empathetic and being humble.
This book explains the causes and effects of karmic destiny and the karmic laws that govern us in a very simple way. It defines the profit and loss angle of our karmic assets and liabilities. It guides in accumulating karmic wealth by doing positive karma.
The quotes that I like from the book are as follows:-
1. The power of mind, it is said, can move mountains.
2. I (Author) have received several communications from people who find it difficult to plant trees since they live in densely populated cities. My recommendation to them would be to talk to friends, associates who own farm houses or are involved with institutions like schools, colleges and hospitals, and try and donate trees to be planted there, and if required pay the pro-rata cost of nurturing and maintaining the trees. There are several corporate houses across the globe that do tree plantation as a part of their corporate karma. One can also pay NGO’s to do this on their behalf.
3. Allowing a seed to grow, investing in its space and nurturing it is considered great karma. Trees and plants provide food and shelter for birds, animals and humans; even the wood is used for various purposes. Dried leaves are also used as an effective manure, not to mention the ecological benefits. Therefore, helping to grow and sustain greenery is an inexhaustible wealth of karma as it has multiple effects and benefits. The karmic benefit of this act will accrue to the planter not just in this life but also beyond. Not a bad return on investment!
4. When good karmas fructify, people attain wealth of different kinds like money, property, status, fame, glory, well-paid jobs and thriving businesses. They are also gifted physical wealth like good looks, good health and physique. Some get wisdom, intellectual and spiritual wealth and a lot more!
At the end of the book, there is a glossary to explain the meaning of Indian words and terms. It is very helpful in understanding the concepts related to karma, gunas and koshas. The illustrations are remarkable, elucidate karmic concept, convey peace, evoke soulful energy and provide calmness.
Hingori Sutras has unfolded four spheres namely Dream Sutra, Aatma Sutra, Karma Sutra and Guru Sutra, the latest in the collection. The author spent the first half of his life as a non-believer. During his early years, he contracted arthritis and suffered it for 10 years until he met his spiritual guru who cured him in 60 seconds flat! That minute changed his life. The second half of his life was spent in philosophy, philanthropy and spiritual practice. His teachings, which are the secrets of the spiritual path, have been a closely guarded secret up until this book. If you have any spiritual queries or need any spiritual help, you can write to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highly recommended book for those who are keenly interested to know about the age-old theory of karma in simple words! :) A book that has to be read again and again for better understanding and for better perspective and for concept clearing. :)