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Understanding our own position

{written by : Sri Bimal Mohanty}

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We are all agents of The Divine. None is superfluous, each having an assigned role. Our performance determines our spiritual progress. Also, what happens to consciousness when the body dies?

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Based on the lectures by Sri Bimal Mohanty

We have acquired some knowledge of the gigantic enterprise, which is this universe and the way it is managed.

Who dictates it? God of course. How does He run it? By well-defined and clear principles of nature to which every constituent is subjugated and which is applied without fear or favour to one and all.

With whom does He run it? Through the pre-ordained efforts of each and every created being. Neither you me or her, not even the tiniest ant nor the big banyan tree is here by accident and without purpose. Each being is created and exists with the sole purpose of carrying out the Lord’s work exactly in the manner He wants it. What is to be done, how it is to be done, when it is to be done and who is to do it, - all these have been set and planned with detailed flawlessness exactly as in an organizational environment our corporate plans and procedures are planned and executed. This pre-ordained plan is the obvious outcome of divine and unchangeable set of rules and procedures based on cause and effect, which we have come to understand as natural laws.

We are all agents that carry out this plan just as employees carry out their assigned tasks. The important thing to remember is that not one living being, not a single human on this surface of earth is insignificant or superfluous to Him. No one comes to life by accident or exists without a purpose. In this gigantic whole, even the roles of tiny ‘you’s and ‘me’s are well chalked out.

And He depends upon each of us. Each has an assigned role. Each one is different from the other but at the same time complementing and supplementing some body else’s efforts. It is a matter of great good fortune that the Lord has chosen and reposited faith in every single one of us to carry out his task. As a Chief Executive of any organization would carefully select an employee and entrust the responsibility to him or her, so does the Lord with unerring correctness.

As in any organization for a position of a marketing manager we have a marketing manager for a cook’s position we have a cook engaged, and so on, in the same manner each of us in this great cosmic organization is holding a position. Each of us has an assigned role to play, a mandate, while carrying out the Lord’s work.

The position that we are entrusted with, is carefully chosen matching with our ability and competence. No one can substitute for the other or make any one redundant. After we have completed our job or failed in our task another job in another form and under different environments awaits us.

Why does some one appear to be doing his job in this world better than the other is? Why is some one apparently more useful to the world than the other?

This is also exactly like what happens in life. Some one performs his task in the organization with merit and delivers better results than someone else does. Somebody may be a senior manager and another a junior assistant. As we explain away this by the individual competence, education, intelligence etc. so also in the cosmic design and human life, a person’s position and performance are dependent on how well he has prepared himself. It depends on how well he is equipped with intellectual and spiritual competence by his conduct in his previous lives.

How is this competence and experience carried forward by us?

The SanAtana philosophy of Punarjanma or rebirth explains this. Each birth is a stage in our overall developmental process. From life to life as we pass along the results of our actions – good or bad – follow us like the balance sheet of our conduct.

The records of our action are accumulated and saved for future reference. They are called sancita karma or saved actions.

When a person takes a rebirth, he or she finds himself in a new set of environments. The entire sancita karma which has been accumulated over different lives and under many different circumstances, may not have direct relevance to this new environment. Therefore that portion of sancita karma which has relevance becomes operative and is known as prArabdha karma.

The PrArabdha Karma relates to past. But while we start leading our lives in the present life form, we also do various actions dictated by our nature. We do good deeds and also bad deeds.

What we do in the present life form with our own volition is known as KriyamAna Karma. These get added up with the PrArabdha Karma and a new balance sheet is written. Good deeds counteract bad deeds and the net balance is again our sancita karma for the next life.

Any person’s Sancita Karma or the ‘carried forward’ results of the past life, determines in what form and under what circumstances he or she takes rebirth and what slot he or she finds himself in. The PrArabdha Karma or that portion of the Sanchita Karma that relates to the present particular life form along with his KriyamAna Karma or his own conduct in the present life together determines how well he performs.

Does this not happen in our working life too? As in any organization we carry with us the experience of the past job, the acquired skills and acumen as we move from position to position. In the same manner we perform also in this great cosmic organization. Fruits of our own actions ­ our Karmaphala ­ follows us from life to life. If the past lives have been ill spent, it shows up in the work that we carry out in the present life unless we conscientiously improve ourselves. And in the same manner if good work in our past lives has conditioned us to a higher mental development then that shows up in our work too.

In an organization as an aspiring employee continues to perform well with the hope of getting a promotion so also the soul by dint of good conduct prepares for a better life ahead. That is why the SanAtan Hindu Dharma – popularly known as Hindu religion - which considers religion as a way of life, stresses so much on good conduct ­ a righteous living or adherence to DharmamArga or the path of religion.

As a matter of fact all religions subscribe to the imperativeness of leading a life of righteousness. Only Hindus relate this to a higher development of soul ­ a preparation for climbing higher and higher- a question of continuous individual development.

Author Bio :
From Ahwanm the spiritual approach to life by Sri Bimal Mohanty.

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