What is the meaning of karma? Karma is not existence’s reward or punishment system as people seem to think. Sadhguru dispels this notion and explains that whatever kind of karma you have, it restricts and binds you – unless, you know how to loosen its grip!

Sadhguru:Karma literally means action. We are referring to past action. From the moment you were born till this moment, the kind of family, the kind of home, the kind of friends, the things that you did and did not do, all these things are influencing you. Every thought, emotion and action comes only from past impressions that you have had within you. They decide who you are right now. The very way you think, feel and understand life is just the way you have assimilated inputs. We call this karma.

The Karmic Software

In modern terms, I would say it is the current software on which you are working. Your whole system – your body, mind, energy and emotions – is programmed because of the impressions that you have taken in. A complex amalgamation of all these impressions is your karma. Whichever way your software is, that is the way your mind, emotion and body function. Even your energy moves that way.

Whatever kind of karma you have, it is a limited possibility and that is what makes you into a limited person. Depending on what kind of impressions you took in, whether it was hatred and anger, or love and joy, you accordingly have a certain kind of personality – usually every human being is a complex mixture of these things. Once you allow this karmic structure to build beyond a certain point, there is really no such thing as freedom. Everything that you do is conditioned by the past. So if you want to move in the direction of liberation, one of the first things that you need to do is to loosen the grip and shackle of karma. Otherwise, no movement will happen.

Break free!

How do you do that? One simple way is to break the karma physically. In the morning if your karma is to wake up at 8 o’clock, you set your alarm for 5 o’clock. Your body’s karma is that it will not want to get up. But you say “No, I am going to get up.” Even if it gets up, your body will want to sip coffee. But you give it a cold shower. Now, you are just breaking the old karmic process by consciously doing something. This is not the only way, there are other subtler and more effective ways, I am just telling you the crudest possible way. What you dislike, you have to do it consciously. What you like you can do it unconsciously, isn’t it?”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brahmavidhya-Arun/1834216264 Brahmavidhya Arun

    but while dissolving our karmas,we tend to create more karmas……….that’s where the role of surrender and grace comes………….

  • KannanR

    Where does the karma come from for the first human birth a being takes?
    Also sadhguru said that a lot of realization happens at death. How does it wrap up the last impression of karma left at the time of death?
    When a person dies in road accident is it because of karma as well?
    When a baby is aborted or terminated due to medical complications how does that karma work?
    In Ramayan the karmic explanation was given for the reason why Rama had to suffer the separation of Sita after he became king but no explanation was given on why Sita had to suffer for most part of life. What karma did Sita came with?
    The one thing that completely perplexes me is the pain on animals in slaughter houses both for meat and in the leather industry. How can an animal have such a karma to undergo that pain. I come up with more questions when I try to understand the nature of Karma.

  • Subramanian Ramki

    Without Karma there is no life here…if the karmic software is missing or empty, there is nothing to carry the physical.

    The effort is to reduce the ‘bad’ karma (not really bad but certain actions that spawns or set us up for more such actions at mind, emotion, body and energy levels) consciously so we can dissolve somewhat easily when the time comes. It would be wonderful if the conscious action is effortless.

  • Pavithra

    But Sadhguru.. does this mean we have to do just the opposite of what body says in comfort level? to make the karma loosen up? I’m confused but, I’ll make it to wake up at 5 am…

    • Arvind

      This like a math formula. Different problems, same formula. As Sadhguru said, this is a basic formula. Once you practice this on many fronts more subtle avenues will begin to open up.

  • Nikole

    i find this post very intuitive because it has made me understand what karma really is. you are right sadhguru often times people refer to karma as either punishment or good reward but after reading it i have understood it more.

  • Sundaram

    Wow. Fantastic. I have never heard this much of clear explanation of karma. Sadhguru is a blessing for us.

  • Amol

    loosing Karma = loosing habits = doing opposite things = less human tendancies = free from attractions

  • Mesain

    in short influence from out side means karma?

  • Omkar Narayan

    What are those other subtler and more effective ways?