Give what you would want to receive - this is the principle of karma.
Karma means action. And all reactions are like ‘echoes’ of our previous actions. The fruits are inevitable. The whole world is nothing but the principle of karma.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, an enlightened being explains:
People are charging karma and they will suffer according to their karma. People have charged karma in their past life. That is why they get favourable or unfavourable karmic results – being beautiful or ugly, rich or poor in this life. If one is stealing in job, he will get some punishment by karmic effect. When somebody is giving some donation, he will get better effect.

It is very simple. If you want all favourable results, then you have to decide, ‘I don’t want to hurt anybody through my thoughts or speech or actions.’ When you hurt anybody, unfavourable karmic results will come.

And if you happen to hurt anybody, do pratikraman i.e. Feel sorry that “No, this is wrong. I should not hurt anybody.” Then automatically good qualities (favourable result) will come in your life.

How does one make the distinction in-one’s thoughts and actions in everyday life?

We get the results of physical karmas (our actions), favourable or unfavourable, in this life itself. And the result of what we think subtly at that time of unfolding of karmas has to be borne in the next life.

1.Seed of karma (in the form of our inner intent made in past life)
For example, in past life, we have a thought that ‘nice temples of God should get built; and if possible, I would like to donate something like Rs. 50000/- for the cause’. It is only in our intention; we have not donated a single penny. This is called sowing the seed of karma.

2.Favourable or unfavourable karmic result (in the form of good or bad thoughts and action)
Subsequently, what happens in this life? In our surrounding area, when construction of some temple is being planned, and trustees approach us for some contribution, we immediately think, “Yes, yes, let’s give. It is God’s work, which is very good.” And we give Rs. 50000/-. People will then praise, “Oh! This person is a very good donor. He has given such big donation.”

3.Fruits of our thoughts and action (in the form of reward or punishment for our deeds done)
The action of giving Rs. 50000/- as donation was a karmic result of the the seed of karma we had sown in our past life. And because we gave 50000/-, we get further effect of this karmic result in the form of – people praising us, they make us sit in the front seat during the inauguration of the temple, they garland us and honour us as a donor, etc. Thus the karmic result of our action (the physical karma) comes in the physical form itself (praise, honour, etc.).

Now, while donating the money, if we think that, “I gave this money. But don’t know, these people seem to be cheats. They are saying the project is of Rs. 10 lakhs, but they must have accumulated Rs. 50 lakhs and may have misappropriated the money. I wrongly gave this money; should never give any money now.”

While giving the donation, if the intention becomes bad, then in the next life we will not be able to give donation. Therefore intention and action are 2 separate things. You get the karmic result of action immediately, in this life itself, and the karmic result of our intention, you will get in your next life.

Until we find our real Self in all this, we continue to wander aimlessly in the clutches of karma.
Let us learn some deeper science. It may sound difficult to grasp in one go, but since it is the real fact, it would be nice to know.

We believe our name and body to be our self, isn’t it? But our real Self is actually the Pure Soul, which lies within you, and within each and every living being in this world. Pure Soul is our real Self!!

When we understand the principles of karma, we will understand the principle of liberation from suffering.
In reality, the entire world is governed by the laws of Nature. Yet, we believe that ‘I am the one that speaks, I am the one doing good or bad deeds, etc. As long as we believe ‘I am the doer’, we continue to create new karmas and suffer the consequences of the old ones (past life karmas) too.

To support the action with the belief ‘I am the doer’ is called binding the karma.
Yes, it is this support of the belief of ‘doership’ that binds karma! If you know that you are not the doer and are aware of who the true doer is, then the action will not have any support and the karma will be shed automatically.

With the help of Gnani’s grace, we stop binding karmas altogether!!!
Our inability to break free of the wrong belief that ‘I am John (the reader may insert his own name here)’, is what makes us further think that, ‘I am the ‘doer’. When Gnani, the Enlightened One, graces us with the firm conviction of really ‘who am I’ and gives us the knowledge of ‘who is the real doer in this world’, we stop binding new karmas altogether.

And then, as we follow Gnani’s given cardinal principles in life, we learn to make the distinction between ‘who am I’ and ‘who ain’t I’ in everyday life, and thereby become free from every favourable and unfavourable karmic result in our life, one by one. This is the essence of human life.
So reach out for Gnani and know the secret of ‘who am I’!!!

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.