“Why have you followed the spiritual path for your whole life ?” There are many answers to this question, but a big one is, “It brings me freedom”. Freedom to change negative patterns that have kept me in their clutches, freedom to respond with calmness and kindness even when others are angry or challenging, freedom to enjoy whatever life brings.
Swami Kriyananda says, ” When you see a fault within yourself, don’t despair, but rejoice. It has been there all along, but now that you have seen it, you can start working to change it.” What are some spiritual tools that help us to break free of our Karmic patterns ? Karma is simply energy generated by past thoughts or actions that we have steered in a certain direction.
With conscious awareness and determination, replace a negative pattern with a positive one. Use affirmations repeatedly with deep concentration to change chronic patterns of thinking. Be patient. The deeper the Karma, the longer the time required to change it. Don’t constantly dig up the spiritual seeds you are sowing to see if they have taken root. Let them grow in their own time to become mighty plants.
Bring the problem to God in meditation and prayer. Our sincere efforts and desire to be free draw the grace that brings release. We have to do our little part, and then God steps in and unties the knots of Karma that have kept us bound.
—————– Nayaswami Devi.
NISHKAMA KARMA (State of No – Action) becomes possible only for a yogi at heart. Meditating on what is unimaginable is considered to be the ultimate sadhana. It is supposed to be beyond any conceptualisation. If we imagine light, that is also a kind of form. If the mind keeps thinking about the term ‘unthinkable’ to focus on, that is also limited in sphere. So it is a challenge, one has to overcome and the secret is that it can be attained by not pursuing anything with an intention to pursue, by becoming absolutely blank.
That is the state of ‘no – action’ in every sense (the state of Godhood) that supplies the energy for all action. Why do we need sadhana of the unthinkable ? We need the strength to pursue the most fruitful action. Ramakrishna talks about three thieves, representing three gunas : RAJAS (can make you exhausted), TAMAS (can completely destroy you ) and SATTVA (the thief that has a lot of compassion) SATTVA also guides you to the road that takes you safely home, the STATE OF NO – ACTION.
Kabir Das called this SAHAJA YOGA. If we can become completely blank even for a moment, that is the real state of GOD – REALISATION. In deep sleep, we may attain this stage. But from a spiritual point of view, this state has to be experienced when we are awake.
It is very difficult to become completely thoughtless. After remaining blank for a while, w may feel sleepy, but even then it is worth practising. The effort to make ourselves thoughtless is also an action. So, that action has to be discarded. But as a beginner, we may take some form or light and remain blank, which may ultimately lead to the state of nothingness and thoughtlessness .
A sage suggested, you may think of God’s feet to begin with, but do not try to perform anything on the feet. Just remain stable. A state will come when the feet will disappear ——- what would remain is ‘nothingness’. As one attains the state of ‘nothingness’ spontaneously, permanent peace prevails.
That is why it is said that BRAHMN is ‘unspeakable’. Even one who realises cannot utter a word about it. Buddha simply smiled and said nothing as He was asked to comment on NIRVANA. It is for individuals to experience it. Those who follow the path of sadhana and human welfare are able to perform this selflessly. Thus, NISHKAMA KARMA becomes possible for a yogi at heart.
———– Arup Mitra.