The Theory of Karma

Published on April 07, 2015 13:34:34 PM
Everyone in the Hindu parlance is intrigued by the concept of Karma or the Fatal theory, which says that everything you do or going to do is preordained, according to your good or bad deeds from the past births.

Most of the people say that Karma is a weak man’s tool, and was created to justify one's current state. A person follows this concept of Karma and places every incident of his life into this theory to satisfy one’s own reluctance to do work. Such people say that  ‘everything will be taken care of according to my karma, I don’t need to do anything instead of waiting for my karma to fructify."

This is a wrong notion, as in the Bhagavad-Gita it is said that one has to do his required Karma, which has come down to him from his forefathers as an heirloom. For example, a Brahmin’s karma is to perform the sermons and penance for his upliftment, as prescribed by the law boos or Sastras. One should not go beyond that level that is not prescribed for them. The Gita says

"Svadharme nidhanam sreyaha Paradharmo Bhayavahaha” (it is noteworthy and beneficial if one dies while performing his prescribed Dharma, but if he treads to another path, he is bound to perish as he is performing another’s prescribed dharma.)

Hence, the miss conception that one needn’t do any work of worth and wait for one’s karma to fructify is a misnomer. Then comes the question, how one should live doing only good karmas or deeds. The answer lies in the fact that one is performing his prescribed dharma itself grants one all the boons that one needs for a better birth after his life. And if one extinguishes all his karmas, by doing only good deeds, he will be granted a state of not being born again in this mortal world. Hence, it is the supreme goal that one should aspire to, to attain oneness with the godhead.