Your Karma, Your Dharma!

Vishal Chauhan, 24/05/2019
Your Karma, Your Dharma!

Nayaswami Shivani, a disciple of Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda, described karma as being first preceded by thought, and then followed by action. But “our ahamkara tells us ‘I am responsible for what is happening’ and creates a vortex of vrittis and energy that boomerangs back to us. That is a law of the physical universe that, in turn, reflects a higher metaphysical law,” she said.

To attract the best karma, shed desires like alcohol and drugs, lust and obsession for money. “But desire is not always an enemy,” Shivani rationalises. In such category fall karmic realisation, satsang and meditation. The jivatma desires to merge with the soul, to be with the Infinite. Shivani quotes Yogananda — ‘O Divine Mother, make me so attached to you that I lose my attachment to everything else.’ This is the devotional way to overcome ego.

Nishkama karma — action without egoic desire — doesn’t create karmic boomerangs. She explains the concept of sanchit karma — the sum total of all our good and bad past actions.