Burn Karma through knowledge

The story of good and bad in life.

Some people wonder why bad things keep happening to them again and again and why they always get cheated or let down by others. As a matter of fact, there are patterns which time and again, occur in everybody’s life. You may have come across some people who have a very smooth life. Right from theirbktk education, experience in school, college and in family, in the start and building of a career, in marriage and also in family life, they have absolutely no problems at all! Whereas there are a lot of people who repeatedly face troubles, don’t do well in their education despite being intelligent, get into the company of wrong people which leads them into trouble, land up in a wrong job, get married to someone who is not compatible with them and end up facing difficulties throughout their lives. They usually blame their Karma, the planets and the stars for their misery. This is because they misunderstand Vedic Astrology which is a secret language used to decipher and understand coded hidden Karmic patterns indicated on natal charts. Patterns in a person’s life are deeply connected to their Karmic traits, which need to be analysed, understood and if necessary, corrected.

Before we continue, it would be necessary to take a look at the following verse from the Bhagavad Gita:
SBG 15:08 “When the soul which is the master, acquires a body, it takes the mind and the five senses from the body it has left, just as the wind takes different odours along with it.”

The above verse clearly indicates that the basic traits and character that people possess are what they brought along from their previous lifetime or Janma. These traits cause certain patterns in a person’s life which continue in never ending cycles UNLESS they are CONSCIOUSLY broken. Therefore it is important to understand that hardships in life cannot be attributed to those gigantic planets that ‘occupy wrong houses’ on their natal charts. Vedic astrology is unquestionably a great boon to mankind which helps them in diagnosing Karmic patterns and in understanding their innermost traits and character. But it would be totally asinine to stop there, dig into natal charts and research Astrology instead of taking the hint from them and making conscious changes in one’s thoughts, attitude and behaviour.

At the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra, Arjuna who was in a state of confusion prostrated before his Friend, Teacher, Philospher, Guide, Charioteer and God Bhagavan Krishna and requested Him to accept him as His student and to show him the way to achieve clarity of the mind.
SBG 2:07 “With my mind in a state of confusion regarding my duty and the feeling of helplessness because of weakness, I ask you to tell me what is good for me. I am your disciple and I have surrendered my soul to you. Please teach me.”

One of the most important teachings of Bhagavan Krishna is the recognising of the ‘I’ in a person. A person who does this, understands that the body is not him or her but it is only a vehicle within which they reside and travel through life.
SBG 2:22 “Just as a person casts away old clothes for new ones, the embodied Self too casts old bodies away for new ones.”

Worries, fears, anxiety, anger, ego, arrogance, selfishness, violence and other such negative qualities arise due to the lack of understanding of this great truth which deludes their mind into giving importance to impermanent things which in turn cause pain, anguish and sorrow.

In the 16th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Krishna very beautifully explains the positive and negative states of mind. He classifies the positive and negative qualities in a person as divine and demoniacal. Bhagavan Krishna says that people with a demoniacal nature are those who lack purity, truth and right conduct and that such people are ‘thrown’ by Him again and again into ‘demoniacal wombs’. It would be quite logical to think that if rebirth were to be true, brutal terrorists who kill others would be born again and again from the wombs of women of families which are much more evil and vile. However, this can be stopped only when they alter their mindset which can be achieved by attaining true knowledge. The change needs to happen from within because there is no external force that is causing either good or harm.

Faith, right thinking, devotion and ZERO EGO have the immense power to completely change the course of life. Anything that the mind visualises and is fully convinced about, becomes reality.

True Knowledge guides a person on the path of righteousness and leads them to create more positive Karma which overrides past negative Karma, or in other words, burns Karma.

The following verses from Chapter 16 help greatly in understanding that wrong thinking leads to negative patterns.

श्रीमद्भगवत गीता
Srimad Bhagavad Gita
Chapter 16
दैवासुरसम्पद्विभागयोग – Devasura Sampad Vibhaaga Yoga
The Yoga of the distinction between Divine and Demoniacal qualities.

Shri Bhagavan Krishna said:
Fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in Yoga and knowledge, alms-giving, control of the senses, sacrifice, study of scriptures, austerity and straightforwardness,
non violence, truth, giving up of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, not possessing crookedness, compassion towards beings, not coveting, gentleness, modesty, not being fickle,
vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, absence of hatred, giving up of pride are qualities that belong to one born in a divine state, O Arjuna!
Hypocrisy, arrogance, self-conceit, harshness and also anger and ignorance, belong to one who is born in a demoniacal state, O Arjuna!
The divine nature is deemed for liberation and the demoniacal for bondage. Grieve not, O Arjuna, for you are born with divine qualities!
There are two types of beings in this world—the divine and the demoniacal. The divine has been described at length.  Hear from Me, O Arjuna, of the demoniacal.
The demoniacal do not know what to do and what to stay away from. They lack purity, right conduct and truth.
They say that the universe is without truth, without a moral basis and without God. They also say that it has been brought about by mutual union, with lust for its cause.
Holding this view, these ruined souls of small intellects and fierce deeds, come forth as enemies of the world for its destruction.
Filled with insatiable desires, full of hypocrisy, pride and arrogance, holding evil ideas through delusion, they work with impure resolves.
Giving themselves over to immeasurable fears and anxieties which end only with death, regarding gratification of the senses as their highest aim, and feeling sure that that is all,
bound by a hundred ties of hope, given over to lust and anger, they strive to obtain by unlawful means hoards of wealth for sensual enjoyment.
“This has been gained by me today; this desire I shall obtain; this is mine and this wealth too shall be mine in future.”
“That enemy has been destroyed by me and others also I shall destroy. I am the lord; I enjoy; I am perfect, powerful and happy”.
“I am rich and born in a noble family. Who else is equal to me? I will sacrifice. I will give charity. I will rejoice,”— this is what they say as they are deluded by ignorance,
Bewildered by many a fancy, entangled in the snare of delusion, addicted to the gratification of lust, they fall into a foul hell.
Self-conceited, stubborn, filled with the intoxication and pride of wealth, they perform sacrifices in name, through ostentation, contrary to scriptural ordinances.
Given over to egoism, power, haughtiness, lust and anger, these malicious people hate Me in their own bodies and those of others.
These cruel haters are the worst among people and they are sinful. They are always thrown by me into demoniacal wombs life after life, in the cycle of life and death.
Entering into demoniacal wombs and deluded birth after birth, not attaining Me, they thus fall, O Arjuna, into a condition still lower than that!
Triple is the gate of this hell and destructive of the self – lust, anger, and greed. Therefore one should abandon these three.
A man who is liberated from these three gates to darkness, O Arjuna, practises what is good for him and thus goes to the Supreme goal!
He who, casting aside the ordinances of the Vedic scriptures, acts under the impulse of desire, attains neither perfection nor happiness nor the supreme goal.
Therefore, let the Vedic scriptures be the authority in determining what should to be done and what should not be done. Having known what is said in the ordinance of the Vedic scriptures, you should now act here in this world.
ॐ तत्सदिति श्रीमद् भगवद्गीतासूपनिषत्सु
ब्रह्मविद्यायां योगशास्त्रे श्रीकृष्णार्जुनसंवादे
दैवासुरसंपद्विभागयोगो नाम षोडशोऽध्यायः || १६ ||
Hari Om Tat Sat
Iti Srimad Bhagavadgeetaasoopanishatsu Brahmavidyaayaam
Yogashaastre Sri Krishnaarjunasamvaade
Daivaasurasampadvibhaagayogo Naama Shodasho’dhyaayah
Thus ends the sixteenth part of the Bhagavad Gita
“ The Yoga of the distinction between Divine and Demonic qualities”
-The Science of the Eternal, the Scripture of Yoga,
the dialogue between Shri Krishna and Arjuna.