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Ways People Overcome Karma


By George A. Boyd ©2001

Karma weighs you down. Like a suffocating, dark amorphous mass, it holds the Soul in the grip of the unconscious mind. It blocks the expression of your Soul's dormant potentials. It bars the way to the expansion of your Soul's potentials. It presses the spirit down into the matrix of matter and separates it from its home in the Divine.

What's in this karmic reservoir?

  • Addictive cravings and passions

  • Traumatic experiences

  • Anxiety and phobic reactions

  • Delusional beliefs, psychotic terror

  • Unfulfilled dreams and thwarted desires

  • Unfulfilled spiritual aspirations and potentials

  • Unfinished actions, incomplete goals, unlearned lessons

We must all deal with karma. Here are seven ways through which people overcome it and live through it.

  1. Telling the complete truth about what you have done, what you believe, and what your intentions are. "The truth shall set you free."

  2. Making direct amends to people you have harmed.

  3. Undergoing suffering, punishment or retribution for past sin you committed. Living through it with faith, forbearance, and courage.

  4. Learning the lesson inherent in repeating patterns of behavior. Deciding to no longer repeat the behavioral pattern, and stopping the cycle. Taking responsibility for your "unconscious" behavior.

  5. Gaining discernment, wisdom, and new knowledge to correct erroneous beliefs, to uproot delusions, and overcome ignorance.

  6. Forgiving others, releasing resentments and animosity towards them. Receiving forgiveness from other people and from the Divine.

  7. Using transformational methods to burn up karma directly. These include transformational (bija) mantra, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini yoga, Nada Yoga, and Light Immersion.

Part of the work of the spiritual teachers of the Mudrashram® lineage is to make people aware of the methods by which karma can be directly dissolved. These techniques are taught in the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

You are invited to read more about these transformational methods in our articles on this web site. You may find the articles in our Reading Room, "Thoughts on Transformation" and "Talk Given on Kundalini Yoga at Babaji's Parliament of World Religions and Yoga" helpful in understanding what transformation is and is not, and learn more information about these transformational methods.

Sacred Inquiry

Ultimately, you must come to truly understand what karma is, not just intellectually, but experientially.

You must handle it with your fingers, look into its depths, listen to the silent screams of your unfulfilled desires and unmet needs, the cries of your secret pain.

You must come to feel as comfortable working with the dark, unconscious aspects of your nature as you now do with expressing the lighted, conscious portions.

You must make a sacred inquiry, not being content with a surface, conceptual understanding, but a genuine knowing from the depths of your Soul.

You must answer questions like these, pressing on until they reveal their secret truths to you:

  • What is karma?

  • What is the relationship of karma to desire?

  • How does karma express in my life, through my feelings, thoughts, and choices?

  • What are the forms of karma? What are Adi, Sinchit, Kriyaman, and Pralabdha karma?

  • What are its manifestations at the physical, etheric (life force), astral (emotions and fantasy), mental (beliefs and thoughts), volitional (decisions and choices), causal (reservoir of karmic impressions), and essential (karmic seed) levels?

  • What karmas exist in me? What exactly is the content of my adi, sinchit, kriyaman, and pralabha karmas in my karmic reservoir?

  • What will be required to overcome each of these karmas so my Soul can rise to mastery and Liberation?

These are not simple answers. They are very deep, very profound inquiries that you will return to in your reflections and meditations. But if you are sincere about making spiritual progress, they are questions that you must fully answer. For if you seek to become a spiritual Master and to become spiritually free, you must overcome all of your karma.

We may be able to assist you in some ways to answer these questions. You may wish to read the additional articles on karma that will be appearing on this web site.

If you are having difficulty visualizing the content of your unconscious mind, you may wish to have a Karma Reading.

You may wish to learn more experientially about your karma by taking our Karma Workshop.

You may wish to learn meditation techniques that will help you dissolve karma in the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Whether we assist you, or you find these answers else where, unraveling the mystery of karma is the key to unfolding the potentials of your Soul. Is this the life, O shining one, that you will set yourself free?

For as you become free, you can also help others. And though this ocean of suffering is fathomless, you will begin to empty it out with your cup, by one fiery, transformational meditation at a time.


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