न कर्तृत्वं न कर्माणि लोकस्य सृजति प्रभुः ।
न कर्मफलसंयोगं स्वभावस्तु प्रवर्तते ॥५-१४॥
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 14 Lord Krishna confirms non-interference by God Almighty in the creation of his. At no stage of life does God Almighty interfere. Right from first manifestation by the soul atman as an amoeba (single cell formation) to last as human beings… everything in cosmic system is controlled by inscrutable laws of karma. As we sow so shall we reap… nothing less or more! At no stage of life God Almighty is responsible for our woes.
Everything in cosmic system was inbuilt. As the prayers… accordingly the result! Every single soul atman in cosmos was directly responsible for itself. Body after body, manifestation after manifestation life moved ahead in cosmic life cycle based on irrefutable laws of karma. Karma was that inherent ingredient of cosmic system that facilitated movement of life from one manifestation to another. After death of present body, it was only through complex process of karma… a soul atman manifested new life form based on residual balance of karma of past life.
As detailed in Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 14, at every stage of life we were the absolute masters and controllers of life! Destiny never lay in hands of God Almighty. By indulging in good karma, positive karma… any human being world over can manifest destiny forever! In our doership, neither in our karma… nor in fruits of karma performed God Almighty interfered at any stage. Ever since creation of present cosmos, God Almighty always acted as a Dhrishta (onlooker)… never interfering with creation of his!
As per Lord Krishna as detailed in bhagavad gita chapter 5 verse 14 it is the material nature of a Jiva to indulge. A Jiva in Hinduism stands for the physical manifest form undertaken by a soul atman. Every living body is a Jiva. Ever since a soul atman separated from its source… if got mired in impurities. To cleanse self of dross impurities within starts cosmic life cycle of every soul atman. Even if it wanted to remain inert… no Jiva, physical manifest being could do so! It is inherent in every living being to indulge in karma.
No matter how best one tried… one could never remain inert! It is the material nature of a Jiva to indulge in karma… no matter what! So was ordained by God Almighty ever since the present cosmos came into being. Unless souls atmans exerted of their own… no soul atman could purify itself. Karma was inbuilt into every living being so that one indulged in karma, resulting in purification of soul atman within!
For a soul atman to purify self, it requires manifesting a chain of 8.4 million bodies to work out its karma… remove dross impurities within! The process of karma was automatic. The moment death of material form occurred; based on residual balance of karma of that moment the soul atman immediately manifested a new body. Only when matching parents were not available on mother earth… the released soul atman hibernated in heaven (Swarga) or hell (Naraka).
The reincarnation process was automatic. At the time of death of body, the closing balance of present life becomes opening balance for next manifestation. This process of reincarnation continued unabated until a soul atman reached 7.3 millionth manifestation. From now onwards a soul atman would manifest human form for the first time. Human form is the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle. It is only in human form a soul atman finally reached cosmic end of life when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation moksha.
From the above narrative… it is evidently clear that cycle of karma moves with clockwork precision body after body, manifestation after manifestation. If the residual balance of karma at the time of death of body demands a soul atman manifesting form of laborer in next manifestation… one just could not be born a Prince! As a human being if we desire manifesting a higher form in next life… we must indulge in karma yoga in present manifestation accordingly. Indulging in vice all the time… one could not expect a better manifestation in next life!
To understand process of karma… we need to understand the underlying definition of souls’ atmans. We also need to understand what God Almighty was all about. Through sermon of Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna makes it absolutely clear that human beings were the absolute master and controller of their lives. Only by manifesting karma, we could manifest destiny forever… take charge of life for times to come! The definition of karma… manifest power of karma yoga must never be misunderstood!
If we desire living a good life… we must learn to manifest karma yoga at all stages of life! When six years of age I distinctly understood the value of indulgence in good karma! Mounted with power of truth and path of karma yoga, I finally chartered my destiny, my life as per my will. 25 years of yoga meditation… I finally realized self, realize god at the end of spiritual journey. Every journey has its pitfalls… and so does spiritual path and path of karma yoga! But if we are to reach god in this very life… our understanding crux of karma yoga was an absolute must.
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 23, 2013
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