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Karma is one of the natural laws of the universe. It simply means "cause and effect."

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According to the ways of life chosen by a person, his karma can be classified into three kinds:

the satvik karma, which is without attachment, selfless and for the benefit of others

the rajasik karma, which is selfish where the focus is on gains for oneself

the tamasik karma, which is undertaken without heed to consequences, and is supremely selfish and savage.

Swami Sivananda
classifies karma into three kinds on the basis of action and reaction:
Prarabdha so much of past actions as has given rise to the present birth
Sanchita the balance of past actions that will give rise to future births - the storehouse of accumulated actions
Agami or Kriyamana acts being done in the present life.

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Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 21, 2009 at 12:30pm
It's been said, When you come to earth Brahma the creator stamps on your head the lesson you are suppose to learn in this lifetime. The more you work at it the more you get to see. Swami Sivananda says expect to get tested 3 times by Maya this is to insure you pass the tests of life without a doubt. Swami Vishnudevananda told us when tested we will/can fail as we are human but to surrender to God and ask for Grace. He woke up every morning and ask God to keep him on the spiritual path as He had taken vows to be a monk to never let the idea of a women take him away from His vows or maintaining the organization. He also told us that one day Master Sivananda was just as evolved as we were and He worked on His sadhana and became a world guru.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 21, 2009 at 12:34pm
Master Sivananda wrote this entitled :

I Am Pain, Thy Teacher

Oh man, you curse me, blame me,

You hate me and frown at me

You think I am cruel and heartless,

You try to slay me with anesthetics,

With chloroform and bromides,

You attack me with sedatives and opiates.

You phone doctors,

You run to the hospitals;

You fly to Vienna and hill stations,

You wire to your friends and relatives

You approach the saints of the Himalayas

for remedies and herbs.

You do Maha Mritunjaya Japa (prayers) and

Havan (give sacrifice).

You burn incense and pray - To kill the teacher

Who warns you, Who comes to help and bless you.

I am not your enemy, I am your friend,

I am a messenger of God,

I am an angel from heaven, to teach you wisdom,

To instill in your heart mercy and dispassion.

To turn your mind towards God.

To destroy your intense clinging

To things earthly and mundane,

That are perishable and illusory.

I am your guide and silent teacher;

I AM PAIN - the best thing in this world.

I am an eye-opener, soul-awakener

I am an inspirer and thriller,

I come to remind you of God,

To point to you the divine path,

To make you desist from evil ways,

To make you practice good habits;

You have really misunderstood me,

I am only the absence of pleasure

I co-exist with pleasure;

I am the starting point of philosophy,

I am the cause of man's exertion,

I am the cause of man's aspirations,

I set the minds of philosophers to think,

I make the Yogis start spiritual practices,

I made the sages practice meditation,

I make a worldly man a superman.

You failed to observe the laws of health,

The rules of hygiene and right living.

You took Rajasic (passionate) and

Tamasic (stale or bad) foods,

You took meat, fish and eggs;

You were not regular in doing exercise,

You did not do Pranayama (breathing exercises) and

Asanas (Yoga exercises),

You did not pray and meditate,

You were immoderate in taking food,

You did not bask in the sun,

You slept in ill-ventilated rooms,

You took too much of sweetmeats,

You drank impure water,

You hated and injured your neighbors,

You were lustful, malicious and greedy,

And so suffered strokes and heart attacks,

You married a third time,

You were a heavy smoker in the club,

You drank liquor and took drugs,

You took bribes and cheated,

You twisted the truth in courts

And thereby sent innocent men to prison,

You charged your patients heavily -

And so I come to you.

To heal, to teach, to guide.

Understand now at least

My secret and good nature,

My interest in your well-being;

Practice simple living and high thinking,

Observe the laws of health and hygiene,

Adopt a wel-balanced, vegetarian diet,

Practice non-injury, truth and celibacy,

Read holy books and scriptures,

Love all and be kind to all,

Forgive and forget quickly,

Serve all with affection, See the Lord in all,

Repeat the Divine Name at all times -

It will protect and guide you,

Then I will depart and leave you

I will not trouble you any longer.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 21, 2009 at 3:43pm
Master Sivananda left this, this morning.
QUESTION #211: When death is predestined and also is nothing but a pause to change the clothes, why is it, then, a sin to commit suicide and also to kill living beings for a certain cause?
ANSWER: Suicide as well as killing of other beings are both considered to be great sins, as they block the course of evolution of the Jiva. Moreover, putting an end to the present gross body by force does not help one to put an end to his sufferings. Sufferings and pleasures due to him by virtue of his past actions won't leave him until and unless they are enjoyed by him completely.
On the contrary, by suicide one is inviting more miseries, for it may take some time for him to get another gross body in which he can enjoy the effects of his actions, and during this interim period, he may have to move about in the form of a Preta or ghost. It is, of course, needless to say that killing a human being is a criminal offence legally and is totally heinous from the point of view of spiritual progress, barring, of course, such contingencies as in a war.
Comment by Igricz Jánosné on June 21, 2009 at 3:58pm
Comment by Mata Narayani Devi on June 23, 2009 at 9:52pm
KARMA IS A dependable ACTION THAT YOU TAKE A VA CHAIN REACTIONS AND ACTIONS. As long as you have a body. As it says in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS CHAIN IS THROUGH THE ACTION uninterested. Action in inaction. NAMASTE.
Comment by Ajay Thaker on June 24, 2009 at 11:48am
Karma is depend upon law of relativity. Einstein has established Law of Relativity in physics. Thus defination of karma is as old as 5000 years( you can say although it was before that also but Krishna has to take avtar to make it understand to people and than Einstein)
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 25, 2009 at 2:06pm
Master Sivananda said, " You always have the opportunity to do the right thing."
Sounds very simple to me.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 26, 2009 at 12:29pm
I taught 26 Iranians at the Sivananda Ashram at Neyyar Dam last year, they were the best people. At tea they said, "We really don't like our leader he is an idiot." Being an American I said "We really don't like our leader (Bush) he too is an idiot." But we being Americans as a group they voted for him 2 X ! We laughed. They invited me to Tehran, than another said, "They will kill him" (me). It's so sad to me not having freedom.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 26, 2009 at 12:30pm
Swami Vishnu told us"Without the grace of God you can't do anything." Sadhana

Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 27, 2009 at 12:12pm
If you think you picked your mate read on ...

QUESTION #217: If a person has been forced into wedlock with a girl not at all beautiful, but abounding in qualities of head and heart, what should characterize the attitude of that man towards his wife, constantly worried as he is on the count that his wife is not beautiful? How can he manage to conceal his pent-up feelings of frustration caused by the lack of beauty in his wife--aesthetically speaking and yet manage to lead a healthy, happy, harmonious married life?
ANSWER: It is not in the power of man to choose this beautiful girl or that, nor in the power of a girl to select this handsome or rich man or that. Everything is predestined. Man forgets this glaring fact, ignores this essential truth and thinks and feels that he is the real doer or the enjoyer. Say and console yourself: "Daivadheen, Daivadheen. Lord's Will, Lord's Will". Think and feel that everything that befalls your lot at any moment of your life is for the best. Be convinced of this grand truth and rejoice in philosophic indifference and stoic unconcernedness. Physical beauty is no beauty at all. It is skin deep. That woman who has the beauty of the virtue of chastity is the really beautiful woman on earth. This is in consonance with the proclamation of the great law-giver Manu. Study Manu Smriti, the Neeti Sastra of Manu. Hammer the mind again and again with the saying of Manu, "Chastity is the beauty of an ugly woman".
Beauty and ugliness are mental Kalpanas, illusory creations of the mind only, just as sweetness or bitterness lies in the mind and mind alone. Such are the Dharmas of the mind. Rise above the mind. Then you will be able to find beauty in ugliness, sweetness in bitterness and good in bad. Even the ideas of goodness, sweetness and beauty disappear when the proper grade of evolution is achieved.
The hand stands for Seva, the heart for Bhakti or Prem and the head for the intellect. This is a very rare combination which can be found in very few people. Beauty is the inner spirit of purity in a woman, at the very sight of which man is thrilled to horripilation and raised to heights of elysian bliss. That is to be treated as "true beauty".
Always try to see the good, the beautiful, the auspicious, the pleasant, however condemnable the worthy object of adoration be, on account of negative qualities. Then and then alone will you be able to evolve into the Infinite in greater and more abundant measure. As long as man limits himself with constricted notions and cherishes debasing, negative and dualistic thoughts, he is not to be considered as an expanded soul. Mentally prostrate before the woman who has the virtues of an Adarsha Pativrata as embodied in the epics of Bharata Varsha. Mend yourself. Feel that your position, your status, your earning capacity and your personality are but trash and a trifle when compared to the abundant wealth of beauty of solidified virtue of your wife. Give up egoistic assessment of values in life.


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