In this crudely drawn chart I am trying to show that karma is based upon what we have vs. what we want. If we want more than what we have then we have bad karma. If we want less than we have, then that is good karma. And having karma is OK. A person that is grateful for they have, still has karma since they still perceive that they have something. There is still abundance with karma. And of course good karma is better than bad, but why compare or regret anything at all?
Karma creates cycles based upon perception. We get caught in these cycles trying to free ourselves of what we want that is actually holding us back. This can be material possessions, desire for a new job, for a new position in life, anything that separates you from the moment. The more you let go of that want, the closer you will get to the state of no karma.
Here are some of my other posts on Karma, but my thoughts on this tonight are triggered by a discussion on this post. In a Q&A session Sadhguru was talking about in a situation we have unlimited response, but limited action. My thought was that response is limited by past experience so it is not unlimited. In the most recent comments, James, a Sadhguru disciple, discusses response and living in the past or future vs. now.
The idea here is your ability to respond to anything that happens to you is unlimited, you do what you can do, and that is all you can do, but if you do not do what you can do, that will create suffering for you. Get the meaning? If you get it then you are responding to life as it happens.
So, if I do not do all that I can do in a situation, that creates suffering. This is because we think back to that event and we feel that it is lacking. I could have responded differently, I knew it, and I chose to respond this way. Then I compare how I responded vs. how I think I could have responded and that creates the cycle of want. James gives this example which helps solidify the thought.
Let say it would take 100 Billion $$ to eradicate all starvation in the world, I do not have that much Money, but I have a dollar, and I can contribute that to the cause, if that is all I have to contribute, that is all I can do, from that stand point there is no guilt, I have responded to the situation, but my action ($$ contribution) is limited, But if I only gave 0.50 cents, that may produce a guilty feeling, since I did not do all I could do. Not saying that we should give away all our money to a cause, but we need to do what we can do to help out with things.
I really thank James for the discussion on this. The teaching here feels similar to karma and that helps explain what Sadhguru was saying. James’ comment links to this Facebook page, so check that out!
And just because this song is bomb: