Can Karma Be A Sin For Us If Our Intentions Are Not Good?
‘Intentions are dominant over Actions’ and the same is evident by the simple example of a knife. Knife, tainted red both by a surgeon and a stabber, although exact in action, pole opposite are the reactions, produced only due to the coined intentions. This example illustrates that mere action does not qualify our character but our intentions behind every action defines who we are.
Also, this brings us the exact and easy way to understand the mighty realm of the Karmic world. Our intent will shape our karma content which in turn will come to its precise time of fruition and will either furnish us or punish us as per its binding. In other words, our good intent will furnish us, it’s known as our ‘Merit Karma’ or Punya; and the bad intent leads to our own punishment, it’s a ‘Demerit Karma’, said to be Paap or a sin.
Hence, there is a ‘hail song’ for the surgeon and a ‘jail throng’ for the stabber. The lesson to be learnt is ‘our intent is our self extent’, so we have to be extremely careful in crafting our present and future life, as both are intricately interwoven by the threads of our intentions.
Incited by the Kaliyuga vices or the Ego crisis, today our intentions have drifted from the shores of the ‘all-inclusive-good’ to the ‘exclusively-my-good’ and that’s an alarm for humanity. Our society has turned so pale that it feels everyone’s hands are rose laden, but actually their hearts are dead frozen. Veiled emotions are so treacherous that they divinely appear with a smile on lips but are ready with the hidden dagger on their hips. Nowadays it has become quite impossible to understand the true intent of human behaviour. Many neurological disorders are generated due to unhealthy intentions and global crime reports too are embossing the same. Benevolence is replaced by malevolence in most human minds and hearts, so much so that once radiant warm, are turning into mutants and zombies now.
Being aware of this, yet our audacity or tenacity has superseded our sagacity to the extent that our intentions have turned extremely vulnerable and we face the ‘in-tension’ phase at every stage of our life. To add to the fire, there are few groups, believers and preachers of ‘tit for tat, till high is your hat’ who obliviate the naive mind’s intentions to such an edge that the capacity to differentiate between the good and bad is almost dissolved. The advantage of the phrase ‘it was unintentional’ has lost its essence and it is derogatively misused after every verbal, physical or written abuse on a daily basis.
Some argue that we don’t understand the concept of karma and its law of retribution, but is it not highly straightforward and basic to understand that good returns good and vice versa? Even with an ocean of scriptures and literature on this subject, the rate of ‘ill-feel’ is atop the hill, beyond the norms of the threshold of civilized society. Do we have any simple solution for this, which is not categorized as a religious ritual or termed as a psychology of the weak and sick; which does not force to renounce nor supports the ‘leave it, let it bounce’ theory.
Fortunately we have most basic yet cosmic solution to this intention collusion, the Akram Vigyan (Science), a ‘step-less path to self-realization’, divinely designed and devised by the great spiritual maestro and the moksha scientist Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, a simple family man, enlightened through Self-Realization. Let us all mature our intentions with the verbatim dialects of our beloved Param Pujya Dadashri through his divine ‘Akram pearls to supple’!
1. Akram Expressions on Human Intentions:
What are merit (Punya) and demerit (Paap) karma?
God resides in every living being in this world. So, do not have a slightest inner intent to hurt any living being. Otherwise, you will bind demerit karma for the wrongdoing. And when you have the intent to give happiness to others or when you give the slightest happiness to others, then you give happiness to God, for which you will bind merit karma. There is a need for good intentions within.
One will not bleed at all, if hit by an arrow shot by someone with a non-violent intent, but a flower thrown by someone with a violent intent will make him bleed. Neither the arrow nor the flower is as effective as the violent intent are. And if you do not hurt anyone in this world, or you have no intention of hurting anyone, then no one can hurt you.
2. Let’s Amend The Intention Flaw Through Karma Law:
Karmic bondage is through the inner intent (bhaav), not through the action of mind, body, speech (dravya). Bad intents bind demerit karma (paap), good intents bind merit karma (punya) and pure intents (neither good nor bad, but pure) results in liberation (moksha).
This is the theory of karma. If your intent changes while you are doing something wrong, then you will bind a new karma based on your new intent. But if you rejoice over doing something wrong, then you will bind a new and stronger karma, the consequences of which you will have to suffer.
Therefore, good inner intent, a higher inner intent is one’s ‘positive’ effort, with which one will go to higher life forms. And wrong inner intent is one’s negative effort, which will take one to the lower life forms. The real self effort is that which one does after he becomes the Self (Pure Soul) which takes one to moksha.
3. Cleanse the Intent Burden with Akram Sermon of Pratikraman:
Your karmic account is cleared when you do pratikraman. What is Pratikraman? It is the process of recalling, repenting and asking for forgiveness with the vow to not repeat the act of aggression through thoughts, speech or action. Pratikraman means to bring about the end of the inner enemies of anger, pride, deceit and greed. But the intensity of pratikraman must equal the intensity of the atikraman.
When sinful inner intent goes away completely, and at the same time, such inner intent does not arise in others too because of him, he is considered God!
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