6. WHAT IS KARMA
simple and succinct definition of Karma is that "each and every
physical action or deed that you perform with the cooperation of the
mind, right from morning to evening, during the whole day and night,
during the whole week, whole month, whole year and during the whole
of your life right from birth to death is called Karma".
getting up, sitting down, taking bath, washing, walking, standing, going
to job, doing business, crying, laughing, awakening, seeing, not-seeing,
joking, inhaling, exhaling, thinking, not-thinking, speaking, not-speaking,
eating, not-eating, drinking, not-drinking, smelling,not-smelling, touching,
not-touching, grasping or throwing by hands, passing or not-passing
stool and urine, indulging or not indulging in sex, etc. - all these
physical actions performed by all your ten senses, organs and limbs,performed
as influenced and propelled by the likes and dislikes, attachments and
non-attachments and with the co-operation of your mind and intellect
are called 'Karma'.
Karmas are divided into three categories according to their stages as
KARMA means an action done at the spur of a moment or time in the present
tense which instantaneously bears fruit and results in reaction then
KARMA (Cumulative Karma)
means the actions done but not yet ripe to give fruits immediately or
on the spot but take some time to get ripened. Such Karmas are kept
in abeyance pending in the balance waiting for the opportune time to
become ripe, to give fruits in future. Till then they remain in balance
and are accumulated (SANCHIT). Until their fructification, these Sanchit
Karmas would not be neutralised.
KARMA means those
actions, out of the accumulated Sanchit Karmas which have now become
ripe and are ready to give fruits. They are commonly known as destiny,
luck, fate, fortune etc.
Let us understand
the detailed meaning and the impact of the above three categories of
Karma with illustrations.