On the Flip Side


Lots of the Sahaj Marg texts and discussions mention or center around impressions and samskaras and I’ve written before about the connection between samskaras and karmas. In the regard to karma, most people view the term within the frame of things that are done or thought or said. Certainly, these aspects of life include karma and are the more obvious manifestations of it. However, I recently read from one of our Masters that inaction is also included in karma, a thought which seemed new to me.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna advises Arjuna that he must act – because of the necessity of fulfilling his dharma. Their conversation includes Krishna explaining the error of Arjuna not doing what he should. The Sahaj text I read recently, from Love and Death, supported this lesson. There may be all kinds of reasons for one’s inaction – fear of the future, fear of the past repeating itself in the future, and many other reasons. We often project the impressions of the unfortunate past onto our thoughts of the future and thereby flavor the future with these impressions, which creates a cycle of impression and re-impression, not unlike karma contributing to the creation of additional karmas. The currently living guru of Sahaj Marg has said, “This idea of the past is having such a terrible hold on our future that it makes us impotent or makes us keep going in circles.”

We carry with us these subconscious thoughts of, “I did what I did” and “I did not do what I should have done” which Chariji Maharaj indicates hint at two fundamental mistakes: What we should do, we dont – and what we should not do, we have done. This nonsense creates what we call fear and this fear relates to and flavors both action and inaction.

Many times, I think, folks consider their karmas and wonder, “What did I do to deserve this?” I think the possible implications make it a worthwhile task to also consider the question, “What didn’t I do?”

Aum Mahaganeshaya Namaha
Aum Shanti


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