Dialogues Of Self And Soul — 5

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‘Good Karma’

“You know something?”

“What?”

“You make me happy! You fill me with hope”. She said gently, staring at me innocently with her large kohled eyes.

I smiled at her admission, a sudden feeling of warmth spreading across my entire being.

“And you make me complete. You are the reason of my existence and I am nothing without you!” I said matter of factly, taking her soft hands in mine and clasping her fingers affectionately.

A sad look appeared on her face and she abruptly lowered her eyes, “I want to forever remain in this blissful state. Do I hope in vain that you will get me the salvation, which is my fervent desire. No! You don’t have to speak, I know the answer — you can’t, your physical form is not immortal”.

I stared at her, not able to offer an answer for a long moment.

She was right.

‘One who has taken birth is sure to die! But not you, you are indestructible, one day you will surely attain the freedom from this cycle of life and death and realize your true self.” Finally, I managed to whisper.

We stood in silence for a long while.

“I can’t promise you salvation but I can try to shorten your journey and minimize your suffering”. I offered.

“How?” She asked.

“By accumulating good Karma!” I said.

“What is Karma?”

“Karma is what a living Being does. However, as we know, one acts by body, speech, and thought — only after having willed to do so. Thus, Karma is both the deed and desire! By this definition, purification of mind, word and deed is essential to have ‘Good Karma!”.

“Why is it so important to have good Karma?” She raised her face to look at me inquiringly.

“ The wise ones have spoken thus,

‘A person consists of desires,

and as is his desire, so is his will;

and as is his will, so is his deed;

and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.’

We reap what we sow! We reap the consequences of our Karma in this life and to some extent in future lives also. So, Good Karma is absolutely essential to have positivity, harmony and happiness in one’s life!”

“How can one achieve Good Karma?”

“By learning the three cardinal virtues — self restraint, charity and compassion in thoughts, words and action, for all life.”

“I can understand that. Good for you, but how does it effect me?” She asked.

“Every living being’s Soul transmigrates (recycles) after death, carrying the seeds of the Karmic impulses from life just completed, into another life until a ‘ Self ’ accumulates enough good Karma to be able to break this cycle and liberate the Soul forever”. I explained.

“Yes, now I understand why do you fill me with hope. Thank you!”

She smiled at last and came towards me with open arms.

Her warm embrace made me open my eyes and I came out of Samadhi.

I smiled with satisfaction, contented that I was on the right path, the path described by Yajnavalakya to King Janaka three thousand years ago in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

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