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Feb 12, 2018

Karma Balance Sheet

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You say every person enjoys the fruits of good and evil deeds as per his karma.  Is it fair that a child should suffer without even knowing what the suffering is for? — A K Rawal, 64
 
■ On the basis of the final emotions that a person goes through at the time of death,  all the deeds that he had done in his lifetime emerge in his unconscious mind, and accordingly, at the time of death, his karma balance sheet gets prepared. Based on this balance sheet, three things are determined:  what type of body he will get; what will be the lifespan and what prarabdha karma — fruits of past action — he will accumulate.  Thus a large part of our prarabdha is predetermined at birth, and our actions in the new birth lay the foundation for future prarabdha.  Past prarabdha cannot be altered as it has already been allotted.  
 
Whether as a child or as a grown up, we will never know which deed of our past life is causing the fortune or misfortune in this life. It is not necessary that what we are today is the result of our present birth; it may be the result of several previous lives. It is better to go through the result of one’s action, because, by doing so, the fruits of karma gradually get destroyed and the mind gets cleansed. According to the karma principle, anyone who has done a deed will also have to bear its consequences.  Even among family members, a husband has to bear the consequences of his karma,  the wife her own and the children, their own.  
 
Whenever we confront anything good or bad, we have to deal with it carefully.  At the time of action,  if we attach a sense of good or bad to it, it leads to new karmas, instead of exhausting itself and getting destroyed in the process.  It doesn’t mean that when we encounter a hurdle,  we take it as destiny and stop working to remove it.  It may be that the suffering was for a brief period, but we prolonged it by not taking any action. ■ 
 
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