The Secret of Karmic Cleansing

Sri Pranaji  |  15 Sep 2011, Malaysia

In this discussion, Sri Pranaji reveals the secrets of karma & karmic cleansing. Then, in his usual “no more secrets” approach, he explains how each person at different spiritual levels can tackle karma and progress spiritually.

Karma is not a punishment. It is a learning plan assigned to our lives by God.

Karma, a cornerstone in Eastern philosophies like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, also resonates in Western thought, typically interpreted as the outcomes of one’s actions. 

Rooted in the Sanskrit “karman,” meaning both action and intent, karma encompasses deeds and their motivations, suggesting that good actions lead to positive karma, and bad ones to negative. This principle, distinct from mere action (kriya), ties actions to future life conditions, connecting deeply with saṃsāra, the cycle of rebirth. Despite its central role, interpretations vary, ranging from a literal to metaphorical understanding across different traditions, highlighting its complexity and ongoing debate.

Karma is not a punishment. It is a learning plan assigned to our lives by God.

“Destiny can be challenged with intelligence.”

(Vidiye matiyaal vellalaam)

Centuries ago, Siddhars said this to their disciples. But, only a few understood it. To understand that, one needs a deeper understanding of some interesting facts. Maybe it was too scientific for those in ancient times. But now, everyone has some knowledge about mathematics and the complexities of science. This is an excellent time to talk about this point in detail.

First of all, understand what Karma is. 

Karma is a mathematical model. That means it is a complex set of calculations. Who made this formula? Of course, the Divine himself. So we can compare God with a mathematician or scientist. The only difference is that God does that on a different level! All calculations have a predictable outcome, don’t they? One plus one is always two. A + B is C. If you know A and B, you already know what C is. So does karma. It is predictable. The way to predict that outcome is called Astrology. Siddhars of various lineages have thoroughly understood and documented this formula. It was possible only due to their ability to reach God’s Consciousness.

Karma is not only the action, but it is also the intent behind it.

Karma, derived from the Sanskrit word “karman”, signifies both the action and its intent. It encompasses not only the physical deeds but also the mental intentions behind these actions. The fundamental principle is that good actions and intentions lead to good karma, while bad actions and intentions result in bad karma. This dual aspect of karma – the deed and the intent – is a crucial distinction from mere physical activity (kriya)​​.

Understanding karma in its entirety is challenging due to the diversity of interpretations and definitions across different schools of thought within Eastern traditions. While some schools view karma and rebirth as interlinked and essential, others may consider only karma as crucial, or even dismiss both as fictitious. This divergence in understanding makes karma a subject of ongoing debate and interpretation, viewed variously as a theory, model, paradigm, metaphor, or metaphysical stance​​.

Types of Karma:

Regarding the types of karma, they are generally categorized into three main kinds:

  1. Sanchitta Karma: This refers to the accumulated past actions awaiting fruition. It’s like a storehouse of every action performed in all past lifetimes, holding unresolved actions that await resolution​​.
  2. Prarabdha Karma: This type represents the present actions and their immediate consequences. It is what one is experiencing and dealing with in the current lifetime​​.
  3. Agami Karma: Also known as future karma, it comprises actions that result from the present actions. These actions, if unresolved in the present life, are added to the storehouse for future resolution​​.

Where is this Karma sitting? Where can you find your it?

Your Karma is sitting right inside you! According to spiritual science, Our body has three components: the physical body, Jeeva, and the Soul. I don’t have to explain what the physical body is. Let us move on to Jeeva. Jeeva is our consciousness. The part of you who is feeling, thinking, and experiencing is called the Jeeva – the software in our body!

This Jeeva carries the Karma. It moves between births. We will talk about the third guy – the Soul – a little later. But let us examine Jeeva.

Before some time, I said that Karma is a learning cycle. This learning cycle teaches us who we are, what we are, where we came from, and where to return. You have already heard it, right? But there is a little more to it. The twist in the story…!

After completing a life, our actions and reactions are taken as the input for the God’s formula. This formula find the gap in our learning. If the outcome is zero, there is no learning remaining and we can stop the birth cycle. You know everything. But if there is a learning, that becomes an action plan for future. The action plan is attached to the Jeeva and so it decides to come back to finish the learning. This action plan is called Karma. That is why I said that Karma is Learning. It is not a punishment.

This repeating life cycle becomes a motivation for Jeeva to learn. Like how exams motivate us to learn our subject. If there is no exam, how many of us would have learnt our subjects in school?!

As the sole purpose of Karma is learning, you are free from Karmic cycle the moment we learn. That is the secret behind karmic cleansing. We are going to understand it in detail now. Let’s see what our poor Jeeva does.

Sometimes, climbing a hill is easier than moving through the ground

Jeeva is also a manifestation of God. And so it is smart too. It knows what needs to be done to execute the action plan. It finds the right parents who will create the right life situations for its Karmic cleansing! Jeeva knows what it will go through. So, stop crying over your suffering. You chose it before you were born!!!

Last week someone asked me, “Pranaji, I’m going through this burden daily, and you say that it is not punishment?!” But as I said, once you are here, it looks like punishment. But it is actually not a punishment. 

There are two ways to finish this learning. One is the slow method – go through all the suffering and then start thinking one fine day – “what am I doing?!” It is like a person trying to find a way and wandering around the street. It may take a few births to get to that point. 

There is a second, easier way. Climb on a hill or a tall building and look around! Practically, you may not find a hill everywhere you go. But in spirituality, that hill is always available. That is – experiencing Shiva state (God-consciousness). A Guru can take you to that hill. Once you reach higher, you already know about what is there lower. Your learning is done!!!

In a way, Guru is like a drug dealer! 

A Guru can help you taste the Shiva state. It is a sudden exposure to a higher reality. Once you experience it, you are hooked to it!!! And that is what I’m doing through all these online events and direct training. That experience becomes a motivation to learn more. It starts the process of releasing the Karma. 

Even a single bit of experience imparts a burst of reality for you that starts to loosen the grip of Karma on you. A totally unexpected and beautiful aspect of your life unravels before you. That sets you off for a new journey. A learning journey that will release all bondages and the complicated cycles of life. The Guru then becomes a lamp that leads you through the path safely.  Once you taste it, you have learnt the secret of Karma cleansing. Enlightenment is not a state. It is a journey.

From the perspective of Indian Phylosophy

In Indian philosophy and religion, karma is seen as a universal causal law where good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence. It represents the ethical dimension of the cycle of rebirth (samsara), commonly accepted across various Indian religious traditions. In this view, actions in one life can have consequences that ripple into future incarnations​​.

The concept of karma, thus, is not just a simplistic notion of ‘what goes around comes around’ but a more profound and intricate system of moral causality that influences an individual’s journey through life and beyond.

Karma & Health

In our continuous quest for understanding life’s deeper mysteries, the concept of karma stands out as a pivotal principle, especially in its relation to health and wellness. As Jothi Siddhar Sri Pranaji, my explorations into this realm reveal a complex interplay between our actions, intentions, and their subsequent impact on our physical and spiritual well-being.

Karma: The Foundation of Health and Disease At the heart of karma lies the principle of cause and effect, deeply ingrained in Eastern spiritual traditions like Hinduism and Buddhism. Karma is not a mere account of our physical deeds but also encompasses the intentions and emotions behind these actions. Positive actions and intentions foster good karma, leading to well-being, while negative ones can manifest as diseases and ill-health​​​​.

The Cycles of Karmic Influence Karma manifests in waves, impacting our health at different stages of life. The first wave might serve as an alert, prompting us to make necessary changes in our lifestyle and behavior. Ignoring these signs can lead to a second, more severe wave, indicating deeper health challenges. Persistent negative karma can culminate in chronic illnesses, emphasizing the importance of heeding karmic lessons for our healing and wellness​​.

Past Lives and Health Connections Intriguingly, some ailments in our current existence may be echoes of unresolved karmic issues from past lives. This perspective suggests a continuity of the soul’s journey, where past life experiences shape our present health conditions. Addressing these deep-seated issues might require spiritual introspection, forgiveness, and understanding. However, one must tread this path with caution and guidance, as dwelling excessively on past lives can be overwhelming​​.

My understanding of karma and health is not just an academic pursuit but a lived experience. The interplay of karma, health, disease, and wellness underscores the importance of mindful living and positive intentions. It highlights the necessity of understanding our actions’ deeper spiritual dimensions, both in this life and beyond. This holistic view not only aids in personal healing but also contributes to the collective well-being of humanity.