Lesson 7 - How to get rid of emo
Lesson 7 - The store house of Karma
Lesson 6 you learnt that the five emotional disturbances namely Avidya,
Asmita, Raga, Dwesha and Abhinivesha finally give pain. You also learnt that
they must be destroyed when they are in subtle form. These pains can be avoided
by meditation and burning out of Karmas.
You might be wondering as to how meditation will help destroying these
disturbances. If you observe the nature of these disturbances you will realize
that they are born in subtle form. Gradually they grow to such a level that they
provoke your mind-body equipment to engage with them. Suppose that you are
having a quarrel with your colleague. He has done something that you didn't
like. Initially anger will arise in your mind in subtle form. Slowly it will
"build" up. You will start remembering similar incidences from the past. They
further fuel your anger. Finally a moment will come when the anger becomes
powerful enough to trigger a harsh dialog.
When you meditate you are essentially calming down your mind. You observe the
feeling of anger as a "third party". You take your mind away from emotional
fluctuations. The anger then can not rule you. In meditation the mind is made
introvert and can not engage with emotions such as anger.
Whenever we come across a difficult situation in our life, we often complain
- "God, why this is happening only to me? Why I am alone suffering from this
pain?" See the funny part. We never ask such questions when we are happy! We
never say - "God, why I am happy? or why I am alone getting this happiness?".
What we are today is the result of our past Karma and what we are going to be
tomorrow is also decided by our Karma today. The Law of Karma is ever at work.
If you do some Karma you are going to get its fruit. Our Karma creates cycle of
birth and death. Karma can be burnt only by experiencing their results. They can
not be skipped. Some people say that we are bound by our "fate" or
"luck". However, in
reality there is nothing called fate or luck. Everything is the outcome of our past
and present Karmas.
Some people do not believe in reincarnation. They say that the current life
is what to be enjoyed. Who knows about past lives and future lives? However this
argument can not explain the contrast in our lives. We often see people who do
good to others but themselves suffer from great pains. Why are two children of
the same mother are so different? One brilliant and the other dull? Why is that
one is stronger than other? Why there is so much inequalities in the society?
One can not answer these questions without Law of Karma and theory of
The fact that our life is governed by our Karma is a great relief to all of
us. This is so because we can control our Karma which in turn will control our
life. If you do good today you will get pleasurable fruits whereas your wrong
deeds give you sorrow.
Though the fruits of Karma are pleasurable or full of sorrow, a Yogi
renounces from both. You may wonder as to why a Yogi rejects pleasurable results
of his Karma. He does so because he knows for sure that when you enjoy happiness
you get a free gift of sorrow. It is impossible that one enjoys only happiness
and no sorrow at all. Similarly it is not possible that one gets only sufferings
and no happiness at all. For example, if you study hard for your examination you
are bound to get good marks. The preparation might be tough. You possibly need
to give up watching your favorite television serial. You may need to study till
late nights. But all this "pain" gives you "happiness" in terms of good marks.
Let's take another example. You like sweets and can not control yourself when
somebody offers them. However you are a diabetes patient. After eating sweets
your blood sugar increases and you start feeling uncomfortable. That means
"pleasure" of eating sweets gave you "sorrow" in terms of increased blood sugar.
You will find the same thing happening in every sphere of life. Where there is
happiness there must be sorrow and vice versa.
If happiness and sorrow go hand in hand then how to deal with life? Yogis
advice that sorrow that has not yet come should be avoided. For example, if you
know that eating spicy food is going to give you gases you must avoid eating
such food. This requires control on your mind and that is what Yoga teaches you.
When you learn to see "future" sorrow then you automatically avoid the root
cause. When you avoid buying a costly necklace you instantly become from the
sorrow arising out of its theft. Thus the only way to avoid sorrow is to avoid
happiness also. The thought of avoiding happiness may sound strange to you. For
most of the people lack of happiness is equal to presence of sorrow. But that is
not true. A mind controlled by Yogic techniques remains in equilibrium at all
times and Meditation is the key to achieve such equilibrium.
Just to summarize this lesson:
- Karma is the cause of our present situation
- Your Karma returns pleasure or sorrow
- Pleasure and sorrow are two sides of the same coin
- Sorrow can be avoided only by avoiding pleasure
You might have guessed by now that Karma is the root cause of our sufferings.
But what is the cause of Karma itself? I leave this topic to the session to
May the Peace be with you.