What is Karma (information) (facts) (Hinduism) | Dos and Don’t about Karma

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Just before going to “What is Karma (information) (facts) (Hinduism) | Dos and Don’t about Karma“, let us know a brief, basic and very important information.

Karma can bring both bad things and good things to us, as per the Karmas we have done in our earlier life / lives (past lives and also present life).

Remember that there is nothing like good luck or bad luck in our lives as per Hinduism.

These Karmas may be, we have done in this janma / life and or in our earlier janmas / lives.

Karma is very big word to understand.

Whatever we do is Karma.

Full 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days an year, what ever we are doing is Karma.

To understand about Karma, how it affects us, is Karma good or bad, what is the importance of Karma, and to know it’s related things, let’s see few examples:

List of Karma (information) (facts) (Hinduism) and Dos and Don’t about Karma is as given below:

Which shastras (scriptures) talk about Karma

Who is the main cause of Karma

Who makes us to see the dream of Karmas and why

Does Karma affect Bhagavan Sri Vishnu

Does any of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s avatar is affected by Karma

Does Karma affects a living being (Jeeva)

How can a jeeva (living being) be free from all the Karmas

Whether Karma has any prayojana (use)

Should we learn about Karma in our daily life

Should we teach about Karma to our children

Now, let us know more about the above unknown facts about Karma:

Which shastras (scriptures) talk about Karma : Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Pancharatram, Puranas, etc.

Who is the main cause of Karma : Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. He is the main cause of Karma.

He is the one who makes us to do the present Karmas as per our earlier Karmas.

Who makes us to see the dream of Karmas and why : In our dream(s) we will see dravyam (wealth), abharanam (jewelry), etc.

All these are Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s srushti (creation) and Maya.

Yes it is Bhagavan Sri Vishnu who does all the srushti (creation) and maya.

Similarly he is the one who does the sthiti (maintain) and laya (dissolution).

Does Karma affect Bhagavan Sri Vishnu : No. Karma doesn’t affect Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.

He is called ‘mukta’ (Fully independent) of everything and thus he is not at all affected by Karma(s).

Does any of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s avatar is affected by Karma :

No. There is no difference between Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and his avatar(s).

In the avatars he does the ‘vidambana’ (acting / drama),

so that the Dharma followers will follow his correct directions and Adharmis will fall into his maya (illusion) grip, thinking that Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is also an ordinary human.

Does Karma affects a living being (Jeeva) : Yes. When a jeeva (living being), once he / she leaves the shareera (body) of a person,

he / she will continue to have the ‘Pritivi aadi boota sambandha’ (Earth etc. relationship).

He / She will continue to have different janma(s) (life / lives) based on previous Karma (Earlier lives and present life).

How can a jeeva be free from all the Karmas : Only with the blessings of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.

If Bhagavan Sri Vishnu wishes that a person be free from Karma(s), then definitely, he / she will be free from Karma(s).

Similarly, if Bhagavan Sri Vishnu wishes that a person has to be in illusion (maya) through out his / her, then he / she will be in maya through out the life. 

By following Dharma, doing shravana (Reading Dharma scriptures under the guidance of correct Guru), doing manana (Accepting Dharma scriptures),

Hari-Guru bhakti (True devotion in Bhagavan Sri Hari and Guru), one can be free from Karma(s) and can also get the ultimate Moksha (Liberation).

Whether Karma has any prayojana (use) : Yes. There are two types of Karmas.

One is Kamya (with expectation) and other is Akamya (without expectation).

Kamya (with expectation) Karma gives us aihika phala (Material fruits) and whereas Akamya (without expection) Karma gives aparoksha jnana (Divine knowledge).

Should we learn about Karma in our daily life : Yes. We should and must have to learn about Karmas in our daily life.

We should learn about Prarabdha Karma (Karmas which we have done earlier in our lives – this life and / or earlier lives), Moksha, about Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, and the basics of our Siddhanta.

Should we teach about Karma to our children : Yes. We should and must have to teach about Karmas to our children.

Otherwise they will never know about the real meaning of Sanatana Dharma.

Let us consider the below example (a story) to learn more about Karma:

Raja Shurasena was the shasaka (king) of the raajyam (place) known as Prathisthana.

Raja Shurasena did not had the children for a long samayam (time).

But after a lot of prarthana (prayer) and tapasya (penance) the royal couple had a putra (son).

But to their aashcharyam (surprise), the putra (son) which was born to them was in the form of a sarpam (snake).

This was kept as a rahasyam (secret). The name of the son was kept as ‘Nageshvara’.

Even the mantris (ministers) and close associates of the Raja was not informed about the form of the sarpam (serpent) of his putra (son) to anybody.

They were only informed that the Raja and Rani have become the parents of a putra (son).

When the Yuvaraja (Prince) grew little older, the Raja arranged for the vidhyabhyasam (education) of his putra (son).

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga deity

Yuvaraja (Prince) was very bright and in quick time he learnt all the Vedas, Puranas, Itihasas, etc.

After this Nageshvara insisted that he should get married soon and like to have a putra (son), otherwise he will go to the Narakam (hell).

For this Raja Shurasena was in the sandigna paristiti (dilemma situation).

Shurasena thought who will get vivaham (marry) to a sarpam (serpent)?

But Nageshvara was adamant about the vivaham (marriage) and insisted sooner he has to get vivaaham (married), otherwise he will make aatya-hatya (suicide).

Nageshvara advised to his pita (father), that there are different types of vivaham (marriage) and one among them is to make apaharanam (kidnapping) of the naari (girl) to get vivaham (marriage).

Later Raja Shurasena called upon his mantris (ministers) and instructed them that:

his putra (son) has come to the age of vivaham (marriage) and also he will be made Raja soon after the vivaham (marriage). 

So please go and find a suitable balika (girl) for his putra (son).

And soon after the vivaham (marriage) of his putra (son), Raja told to Mantris (ministers) that he will take upon the vaanaprasthana (going to forest) with his Rani.

And off course Raja never told the mantris (ministers) that his putra (son) was a sarpam (snake).

Raja Shurasena had one anubhavi mantri (experienced minister).

This mantri (minister) told Raja that in the far east there is a Raja called Vijaya and has 8 putras (sons) and 1 putri (daughter) named Bhogavati,

and this Bhogavati may be a best suit to their Yuvaraja Nageshvara, said the mantri.

Outside view of the devalayam (temple)

The mantri was later sent as the dootam (messenger) on behalf of the Raja Shurasena.

Mantri met the Raja Vijaya and informed that because of some highly important karyam (work), the Raja and his putra (son) Nageshvara are not able to come to this vivaham (marriage).

All Kshatriyas had one type of paddati (custom), that if the vara (bride groom) was not able to attend the vivaham,

then at least one of aayudhams (weapons) of the vara (bride-groom) can be kept instead of the vara (bride-groom) in the vivaham (marriage).

For this Raja Vijaya gave his sahamati (acceptance) and arranged for the vivaham (marriage).

After the vivaham all the paricharakas (people / workers / helpers) were back to their place along with the vadhu (bride) Bhogavati.

After the return of all the paricharakas (people / workers / helpers) along with the vadhu (bride) Bhogavati,

Nageshvara’s maata (mother) arranged for a maid to go and speak to Bhogavati regarding the sarpa swaroopam (snake form) of her son Nageshvara.

Thus the maid went to Bhogavati and informed her that, her pati (husband) was indeed a sarpam (serpent), but was equal to a Devata (Demigod).

For this Bhogavati was more than santosham (very happy) to know that her pati (husband) was a Devata (Demigod),

and Bhogavati told to maid that she must have done some good Karmas on her previous janmas (lives) to get a pati (husband) of the stature of a Devata (Demigod).

After this discussion, Bhogavati was brought in front of Nageshvara.

As soon as Nageshvara saw Bhogavati he started to remember all about his previous janma (life).

He saw that even in the previous janma (life) he was sarpam (serpent)

and indeed even Bhogavati was also a sarpam (serpent)

and they were pati (wife) and patni (husband) in the previous janma (life) also.

With this, Nageshvara also saw that both were with the Lord Shiva as the sevakam (servants) of the Lord Shiva.

He also saw that on one sandharbham (situation),

Lord Shiva had laughed on a joke by Maata Parvati Devi and with this even Nageshvara had also laughed out at that instance.

But this had annoyed Lord Shiva and in turn Lord Shiva had given a shapam (curse) to Nageshvara,

to be born as an human on the bhoomandalam (earth), but in the form of a sarpam (serpent).

But Lord Shiva also instructed Nageshvara that soon after he takes a snanam (bath) in the pavitra nadi (divine river) Goutami Ganga (or Godavari),

then Nageshvara will be free from the shapam (curse) and can lead a normal human life.

All these were explained to Bhogavati by Nageshvara and even Bhogavati started to get the feel of her earlier life.

Then later, both the couple went to Goutami Ganga and took snaanam (bath).

Soon after, Nageshvara took snaanam (bath) he became of normal human being.

Then after the maranam (death) of his pita (father) Shurasena,

Nageshvara became the Raja of the Prathisthana pradesham (place of the King Shurasena)

and was in santosham (happy) with his patni (wife), children and his prajam (citizens).

Also Nageshvara built a Lord Shiva devalayam (temple) on the nadi teeram (river side) of the Goutami Ganga

and thus that pradesham (place) was known as the Nagateertham (mean, related to Nagas / snakes).

This Lord Shiva devalayam (temple) is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas found on the bhoomandalam (earth).

The place Nagateertham in the present day is situated in Gujarat, near Dwarka.

Also it should be noted that Nagateertham is the first ever Jyotirlingam on the bhoomandalam (earth).

It is said even the Bhagavan Sri Krishna Paramatma and the Pancha Padavas (five Pandavas) were doing pooja in this place.

PS: We should always remember that until our previous janma (life) Karmas are not cleared, we have to be according to our Karmas, nothing can be done about it.

Only Bhagavan Sri Hari / Sri Rama / Sri Krishna’s Nama Smaranam (chanting the names) is the only and best way.

For few people this may look like a foolish story. They may think, what logic is there behind this story. How can a snake talk, get marry etc. etc. etc.

But we should remember that in every Yuga, different types of people are born (remember the Dashavatara of Sri Hari –

He takes birth in different forms like boar, half lion half man, tortoise, fish etc.) as per their previous Karma

(But this Karma has not effect on Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. He is free from all the Karmas. He is the Supreme).

People who had done the ‘Satkarma’ (good Karma) will know the true logic behind these types of story.

Whereas the people who have ‘asat karma’ (bad Karma) would never be able to understand the logic behind stories like this.

But for people who really believe in Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and who know about the Great Sanatana Dharma, this will be an amazing learning story.

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