No, Karma does not fail, however, people who have studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, learn how to manage their Karma.
Some tell-tale signs of a person who has studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita:
a. They are fearless and composed.
b. Negative feelings such as hate and anger do not take over their intelligence so easily any more.
c. They realise that they, or rather their nature that is based on their Gunas, is directly responsible for everything they have and do not have in life.
d. They understand the futility of merely ‘praying for what they want’ without performing any action, and realise the need to ‘work with devotion for what they want.’
e. They are confident that they can achieve whatever they wished for if they developed a clear mental image of what they wanted, had a perfect focus on their goal, worked with social responsibility as a guiding principle, and gave their best but with no attachment to the results. Doing so can make even the impossible happen.
f. They treat everyone and all beings with equal respect.
g. They work with the natural law of Cause and Effect as the fundamental principle behind everything that exists and does not exist.
h. They do not fear fate or destiny any more, but since they have a fair idea on how Karma works, they are selflessly and more enthusiastically involved in works that are good for the welfare of society.
i. Since they realise that their Self is Krishna Himself, they push their mind to a side, and meditate upon Krishna, who is the personification of the Formless and All-pervading Supreme Brahman, Paramaartha Tattvam, or God Principle, visualise what they want, invoke Divine energy, create plans – always with the benefit of others in mind, and go for performing their Karma as a Yagnya or sacrifice, giving their best in whatever they do.
The Sanatana Dharma
The reason why the Supreme, All-pervading, and formless Brahman, Paramaarttha Tattvam or God Principle is worshipped as Bhagavan Krishna with a form has been clearly explained in one single Shloka SBG 12:05 and yet, people who do not see the truth behind the explanation, treat God as some separate being. This prevents them from respecting the natural law of cause and effect, taking responsibility for their words and actions, and also creates the need for them to go to people who function as ‘agents’ such as babas and ammas, who would ‘recommend’ their case to a personal God.
Certain organised religions order their followers to visit the grave of a person important in those religions. But why is it that people of the ancient nondualistic way of life, which, for that matter, does not lay any commandments whatsoever, have the need for ‘agents’ such as god men and god women, who the ignorant people think are ‘elevated souls’ that can ‘help them with impressing God’?
Krishna said: SBG 9:32 Anyone can come unto Me, O Paartha, whatever be their race, gender or social status. Even those shunned by society can approach Me the Supreme Destination and attain the Highest Goal.
On the one hand, people do respect great wise people such as Swami Vivekananda and Ramana Maharshi, but on the other, they go to god men and god women and do exactly the things the two wise men named above, advised people not to waste time on!
The SBG is a treatise that can save a person a hell of a lot of time which they would otherwise waste on reinventing the wheel in their worldly as well as spiritual pursuits.
Krishna, did not ask people to give up family and friends and walk like mendicants, but He asked people to do their duty in a selfless manner, with no attachment to the results, and as a sacrifice unto Him.
A simple definition of the term ‘Sanyasi’ is given in Shloka 5:03 “A person who neither hates nor desires the results of his actions is known to be a Sanyasi or one who has renounced everything. Such a person is free from dualities and is therefore liberated from material bondage.”
Is it so difficult to understand this simple teaching of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita?
In one of my posts or videos, I described Karma as ‘the never-failing and absolutely unforgiving natural law of Cause and Effect.’ Those who have truly experienced the way Karma works will surely agree with me. Well, let me end this post on a pleasing and encouraging note by quoting a Shloka from the 6th chapter of the SBG.
पार्थ नैवेह नामुत्र विनाशस्तस्य विद्यते |
न हि कल्याणकृत्कश्चिद् दुर्गतिं तात गच्छति || ६ ४० ||
Sri Bhagavaan uvaacha:
paartha naiveha naamutra vinaashas tasya vidyate
na hi kalyaaNakrut-kash-chid-durgatim taata gacchati (SBG 6:40)
Bhagavan Krishna said: O Arjuna, neither in this world nor in the next world is there destruction for him; because the one who does good, O My dear, never comes to evil.
My personal task in this Janma of mine is to do my small bit in order to re-establish the timeless Sanatana Dharma as a rational, scientific, and cool way of life as against the regressive impression that a lot of ignorant people who are followers of some grandiose, self-centred god men and god women have made it appear to be.
Righteous action, which is true Yagnya, could be called the most sensible way to manage Karma, even if one were to look at things from an agnostic point of view but with the natural law of cause and effect as the main scientific principle of all existence.
Life, which is not as complicated as many people make it out to be, needs to be treated and respected as a great voyage that can enrich a person with unbelievably amazing learning experiences.
BURN KARMA THROUGH KNOWLEDGE
Be a KarmaYogi.
Be a Nimitta Maatra.
Be a Responsible Soul.
“He prays for himself and for his folks for unearned favours,
Forgetting, he merely gets the results of his own acts and endeavours.”