Vedic Culture: Debunking What Karma Means

Chances indeed come your way, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not to take them. It has the same aspect as the Vedic culture between destiny and free will. This blog will discuss what Karma means and if it has something to do with our destiny and free will. Some ideas are from PVR Narasimha Rao in his video titled Is Karma About Free Will or Destiny? Read on and know what is predestined for you!

Horoscope within Astrology

In Vedic astrology (jyothishya shastra), the birth – referred to as the januma of an individual is ascertained with the scripting of the januma kaala jathaka: the time of birth of the individual. Also, the jathaka sets in concrete the future movements of all influencers’  ie the stars plus the planets. This jathaka may be referenced as the horoscope of the individual. Further, the horoscope is sub-referenced as the januma chakra jataka( natal horoscope) and the karma chakra jataka (karma horoscope) ;  all encompassing media-  framed as the jataka of the individual.

Natal Horoscope

  It is based on the time someone is born. It looks at the planetary portions at the time of birth, which enables insights into the kinds of Karmas carried by this person from previous lifetimes and the consequences those Karmas will take as time moves on.. 

Different types of Karma

There are three types of Karma: prarabdha, sanchita, and kriyamana or agami. 

  Prarabdha means to begin. It comes from the root word Prara which means – will begin, in addition the gerund form which means – already begun. That means Karma has already started fracturing the arrow in the quiver. So the Prarabdha Karma draws first blood results in the current lifetime line…

The next is the Sanchita Karma. The accumulative Karmas of many births in summation is the sanchita karma matrix.

Destiny and Freewill

Destiny and free will are not different because actions in your free choice in the past become your destiny now. And the activities of your free will right now add to your destiny tomorrow. So destiny is nothing but the total of the free will actions up to this point of time from minus infinity. 

You do have the free will to do your Karma right now, but the problem is that destiny decides the circumstances in which you have to perform your new Karma. And some cases are so heavy and problematic that your free will has minimal scope. In other words, the degrees of freedom your free choice has or the number of actions that your free will is available to do the current step are constrained by your destiny.   

The issue is that people often have a lot of options, but because they only see what is right in front of them, they don’t look all around them. People think that they don’t have a lot of options, but when people take a step back and see what options they have, they often have a lot of options. 

Unlike the analogy of throwing balls into the tube, every action you do is like throwing a ball into this pipeline, and some of them are so small that they don’t alter whatever is ahead of them. Still, some of them can be significant enough to change the course. You can’t modify your Karmas, but you can alter your destiny. For more knowledge about the Vedic culture and Ayurveda, subscribe to Organic Ayurveda Life!


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