“El buen karma es aquel que te lleva más cerca de Dios, y mal karma es aquel que te lleva más lejos de Él.” Swami Kriyananda una vez dio esta respuesta frente a la pregunta de un joven. Su respuesta nos solo aclara mucha de la confusión que hay alrededor del tema del karma, sino que también nos da una directriz para vivir: Siempre esforzarse para hacer aquello que te lleva más cerca de Dios. En otro momento Swamiji dijo, “Todo el sendero espiritual tiene como propósito disolver el ego.” Por eso, el buen karma es eso que disuelve el ego, y mal karma es lo que lo refuerza.

Paramhansa Yogananda explicó que el pensamiento es una fuerza similar al magnetismo. Cada pensamiento, palabra o acción, emite un pulso de energía que atrae hacia nosotros una energía similar, como una piedra arrojada a un estanque crea una ola que rebota de vuelta hacia el punto de origen. Las acciones que están en sintonía con la ley universal atraen una respuesta kármica positiva, y aquellas que están en contra de la verdad universal atraen una negativa. De esta forma, gradualmente aprendemos a distinguir lo que está bien de lo que está mal.

Cometemos un grave error cuando pensamos que el propósito del karma es castigarnos. Su propósito es enseñarnos. Piensa en él como una IT (Inteligencia Todopoderosa) súper avanzada y benévola, que le da a cada individuo un plan de estudios exquisitamente personalizado basado en el desempeño pasado. Dado que el objetivo es que desarrollemos actitudes positivas, lo que nos sucede es mucho menos importante que en lo que nos convertimos al lidiar correctamente con nuestro karma.

Algunas personas reaccionan a la palabra “Dios” porque Lo definen erróneamente. Puede ayudar si, en vez de “Dios,” pensamos en términos de una de Sus cualidades. Entonces, ¿una acción en particular expande tu amor? Si es así, ella produce buen karma porque Dios es amor. Funciona de la misma manera si la sustituimos por sabiduría, paz, o gozo.

Entonces, ¿cómo vencemos al karma? No tratando de hacer que todo sea placentero. Algo de nuestro crecimiento espiritual más poderoso viene como resultado de las experiencias más desagradables. El cáncer, por ejemplo: Mucha gente me ha contado, (generalmente luego de que ha pasado un poco de tiempo) que el encuentro con el cáncer fue lo mejor que les ha pasado. Lo mismo puede decirse de la pérdida financiera, o el fallecimiento de un ser querido. Ninguna de estas experiencias es agradable, pero cada una puede ser un poderoso maestro espiritual.

Para vencer al karma en su propio juego, necesitamos desarrollar las actitudes correctas antes de que llegue la prueba kármica. Si ya nos estamos moviendo en la dirección correcta, entonces nuestro karma simplemente nos dará un golpecito en la espalda y nos empujará con más rapidez hacia la libertad. La actitud correcta nos permite vencer incluso a la muerte; las incorrectas nos hacen acobardarnos incluso ante un resfrío común.

Arati durante el festival de la Luz en Ananda Village.
Si podemos, deberíamos estar agradecidos por todo los que nos pasa. Si esta vara es demasiado alta, entonces recuerda una frase que Swami Kriyananda escribió en su Festival de la Luz: “Mientras que el sufrimiento y la tristeza, en el pasado, eran la moneda de la redención del hombre, ahora para nosotros el pago ha sido cambiado por calma aceptación y gozo.”

Esfuérzate, durante las muchas complejidades de la vida, para ofrecer tu ego a lo alto con calma aceptación y gozo, y podrás navegar sobre el mar del karma, ya sea que esté soleado y agradable u oscuro y tormentoso.

En libertad,

Nayaswami Jyotish

AnandaEspañol.org

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  1. Dear Nayaswami,
    If we are to think of God as Love, Peace or Joy, why do we need an overarching concept of a God at all? Why not just think of Love, Peace and Joy themselves?
    Thank you for your articles.

    1. Diane, I too had a similar question as the word «God» brings up so much. One of my teachers calls it, «Ultimate Reality.» I found «consciousness» to work. Everything else being an attribute of, or a «spin off» of consciousness.

    2. Dear Diane and JoAnn,

      You’ve both raised an excellent question, and an important one. The concept of God that many of us in the West were raised on is not very inspiring, or even very believable. And so it’s no wonder that so many people, if they survive that indoctrination with their natural spiritual aspiration intact, decide to pursue their spiritual search setting considerations of God to the side.

      The problem is not with God, though, but simply with our definitions of Him. What we need today is a truer understanding of God. The alternative—to “throw out the baby of God with the bathwater of those unsatisfactory definitions”—would be to do ourselves a great disservice. Attempts to “cut God down to size,” or to sweep Him from the stage entirely, do nothing to diminish Him, but much to diminish ourselves in our own eyes. For we are in actuality God’s children, and our destiny—“enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy,” as Yogananda put it—is a glorious one: to be reunited with Him.

      The problem with using light, love, peace, or joy as a substitute for God is that we normally think of these as being unconscious forces. On the other hand, God is both conscious and loving toward all of His children.

      There is a reason why definitions that satisfied people for centuries no longer satisfy us. It is that we are living in a new age, characterized by an awareness of energy as the reality underlying matter: The effects of this shift in understanding are revolutionary: in science and technology, in religion, in everything. Yogananda came as a wayshower for the age. As part of that mission, he brought to both East and West a new understanding—appropriate to this age—of God and of our relationship to Him.
      Have you had the chance to read his Autobiography of a Yogi? If not, you have a wonderful adventure in store for you. The book is a delight to read from start to finish, and it expresses a conception of God, and our relationship with Him—or perhaps I should write “with Her,” because Yogananda worshiped God as the Divine Mother—that is so intimate, so sweet, that you may find yourself a different person by the time you finish reading it.

      I’m attaching for you a few passages that present this new understanding. One of them is a little longer (a short chapter); the other two are quite brief. I invite you to read and enjoy them, the first one in particular. [If you’re someone reading this letter on the website, and would like to see these attachments, please just post a comment with your request, and I’ll be glad to send them to you.]

      In divine friendship,

      Jyotish

  2. Very well explained. When you are blamed for the bad karma of ignorant people, even if you are assaulted for what you did not do – the bad karma will still go back to its source, no matter how much the wrong individual tries to hide his actions and no matter how much of a facade of innocence they portray to everyone. The ignorant who indulge in fraud against you – no matter how much they minimize, deceive, or lie will still go through the Karma process. Like Jesus symbolic language «What you Sow, ye shall someday Reap.»

  3. Thank you for this explanation of karma. It is clear and understandable. It would be a great topic for a small book …

  4. Is there a noun that can be used instead of «God» which is then always as «Him» in so many articles? It always feel like a separation
    when it’s really one whole.

    1. Dear friend,

      You raise a good point. Unfortunately, the English language—and most of the others I know of—simply doesn’t offer us a good alternative to «he» or «she.» What’s needed is some humanized version of the word, «it.» There actually is such a word—»ini» —in Bengali. Language is constantly changing: Let’s hope the day comes when English adds a word like that.

      The reason that «He» is generally used in the West to refer to God is that Jesus taught people to worship God as our Heavenly Father. Jesus, like all great teachers, tailored his teachings to the needs of people at that time. Paramhansa Yogananda, in our time, worshipped God especially in the form of the Divine Mother. In his autobiography The New Path, Swami Kriyananda wrote:

      Of all aspects of the Divine, that of Mother is the sweetest. As my Guru [Yogananda] once said, «Mother is closer than the Father.» I, too, prefer to pray to God as my Divine Mother. And I can testify to the truth of what my Guru told us: «When you pray to Her, She will answer!»

      This raises a good point: Even if English did offer us a word like «ini,» we might not want to use it when thinking of (or praying to) God. I’ll append for you below something I think you’ll find quite interesting that Yogananda had to say on this subject.

      In divine friendship,

      Jyotish

      «I have trouble visualizing God,» complained a student of religious New Thought. «I’ve imagined Him as Infinite Intelligence, as the I AM principle, as my God-Self within, as the Cosmic Ground of Being. It all seems so abstract! But your relationship with the Lord is so loving. How can I achieve such a relationship?»

      «The first step,» replied the Master, «is not to imagine that He wants your definitions. He wants only your love.

      «Why not,» Yogananda then suggested, «worship the Infinite as your Divine Mother?»

      «What a lovely idea!» exclaimed the visitor. «But is it valid? Is it true?»

      «Indeed, yes!» replied Sri Yogananda emphatically. «God’s love is already reflected in human relationships. His love, like the sunlight shining on countless pieces of glass, is reflected everywhere.

      «The Infinite is the Mother behind all human mothers, the true Father behind all human fathers. He is the ever-loyal Friend behind all earthly friends. He is the eternal Beloved behind all human loves. He is all things to all men, because, you see, the Lord is everything.

      «Through your parents He cares for you, supports you, and protects you. Through your friends He shows you that love is a free sharing, without any hint of compulsion. Through the beloved He helps one to find the selfless intensity of divine love. Through people’s children He helps them to understand love as something precious, as a thing to be protected from harmful influences and nourished with devotion.

      «Countless are the forms in which God comes to man. In each, He seeks to teach man something of His infinite nature. The lessons are there, for anyone whose heart is open to receive them.

      «Thus, it isn’t that the Lord wants you to deny your human nature. What He wants, rather, is for you to purify it: to expand whatever love you feel in your heart, and not to keep it locked up in ego-attachments.

      «For the devotee, it is natural therefore to worship God in some human aspect: as his Divine Mother, for example, or as his Heavenly Father.

      «I myself worship the Mother aspect, especially. For the Mother is closer than the Father. The Father aspect of God represents that part which is aloof from His creation. The Mother is creation itself. Even among mankind, the human father is more disposed than the mother to judge their erring children. The mother always forgives.

      «Pray, then, to the Divine Mother. Talk to Her like a child: ‘Divine Mother, naughty or good, I am Your own. You must release me from this delusion.’ The Mother ever responds with compassion when the devotee prays to Her sincerely in this way.

      «Of course, in the highest sense God is none of the forms in which people worship Him. But it is helpful to use human concepts as a means of deepening our devotion to Him.

      «Beyond devotion comes divine love. In that perfection of love there is complete union. In that state the yogi realizes the supreme truth: ‘I am That.’»

      –from the book The Essence of Self-Realization

  5. Thank you Jyotishji 🙏

    «Endeavor, during all of life’s many complexities, to offer up your ego with calm acceptance…» beautiful pointer to remember and follow. Thank you

    Love,
    ilango

  6. I’m having a headache today and I realized how much I needed this article haha. Thank you Jyotishji. Jai Guru

  7. «Whereas suffering and sorrow, in the past, were the coin of man’s redemption, for us now the payment has been exchanged for calm acceptance and joy. »
    These words give so much confidence , reassurance and Joy in working out our Karma which is already reduced by practice of Kriya.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you so much for this. It is so very reassuring and makes karma not as scary as it was! I am very new to Ananda and am loving what I am hearing.

  9. Dear Nayswami Jyotish Ji,
    Thank you very much for this blog 🙂
    «karma is meant to punish us. It is meant to teach us. Think of it as a super-advanced and benevolent AI (Almighty Intelligence)»… Very true and a good reminder :))

    Joy,
    Prem

  10. You have no idea how much I needed this article. It came just at the correct time. I sometimes get overwhelmed by life & am not the easiest to be around when this happens. I needed to hear that my ego is causing all the problems & now I need to learn the lessons & change my ego. Thank you very much for taking the time to write & send it. I appreciate it. Gail

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