What to do when the deed is done? Is there any way by means of which I can be redeemed? These are the questions that I got from some people some time back so I am writing the answers here.
You know what you are doing is not right and yet you are still doing it. Or there are inevitable actions happening which could have been avoided in normal circumstances but the situations were too overwhelming and so that happened. I know this may sound vague to most people but those in the know will agree with me here. So let me give you some examples.
Once when your immediate supervisor insisted you to have a glass of wine even though he knew you were a teetotaler and you were forced to accept it. Though you don’t do drugs, once you had it unknowingly. Similarly, you never are much into one night stand but the circumstances were too compelling and you ended up in the sack with some really obnoxious creature.
Now these are random instances which I have written about so I guess you got the gist of it all. You too have ended up doing certain things which were regrettable and caused a guilt storm in you. So the questions were very apt and you too would like to know the answers.
Know that whatever happened to you is a part of the bigger plan for you and that is called Prarabdha karma. Without Prarabdha karma’s action you wouldn’t have been there in that place and situation. So stop blaming yourself for being there. It is called destiny by another name. So know that destiny brought you to that place but actions that happened there were within your ambit and control. There are two or three paths for you to take then but you happened to take the wrong one. Now that is the main issue for us to solve.
An example here would be that you were destined to take part in a silent protest but you ended up throwing stones and damaging property. Or you were going for a conference with your colleagues and ended up getting sloshed and in your bosses bed. Or you were just having a terrible argument and ended up smashing your fist in your girlfriends face.
Now the first part was destiny and the second half is new karma. This new karma is your main problem. So what would be the solution for that? You are bound by the subsequent actions and have to suffer the same karma in some other lifetime. There is no redemption here. You have to meet the same individual and repay for your own actions in some other lifetime. That is the law of karma for you.
You may say there has to be a way out of this situation but let me assure you that there isn’t. There is no doing something else or to someone else for getting out of this terrible deed. Then you may ask me what is the use of reading what you wrote? Here I will tell you that you were shown the path before and you took the wrong one but you should learn from it and not repeat it again. This is my teaching for the material worldly person.
Now for the spiritually inclined one. You have surrendered to your Guru who will take you under his wing and show you how to destroy the past and future karma through his teachings. By doing continuous sadhanas and learnings you can free yourself from the actions of future life.
So surrendering to your Guru all your body, mind and senses and learning under Him, you will be able to push away the repercussions of those uncalled for actions that happened. There are high chances that in this life alone you will be able to get liberation from all your accumulated karma. So follow the teachings of your spiritual Master and avoid getting trapped in this never ending cycle of birth and death.
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