Atherosclerosis is a condition where walls of arteries have deposits of cholesterol. This blocks the flow of blood and causes chest pain. This also increases the risk of heart attack. Therefore, doctors recommend that we keep the cholesterol level under regular check. Similarly, our jnana also gets blocked because of karma. Let’s see what our rushis recommended about this, and learn what we can do about it.

Blood is a natural component of every body (physical structure). Similarly, knowledge is a natural attribute of every soul (spiritual structure). Just like the deposits of cholesterol block the flow of blood in arteries, karma blocks the flow of knowledge at senses.

If we don’t conduct our daily life with right perception and right attitude, every activity will add to our existing karma.

What can we do about it?

To conduct our daily life in right perspective – both our heart and intellect should work together in right direction. A lot of the times, we are okay in our intellect about what is right and what is wrong. But, our heart still doesn’t do the right thing. For example: We all believe that there is something higher that controls this existence and that power exists everywhere. Otherwise, why would there be so many unanswered questions about life? Why would famous doctors say – “Keep praying, we are doing our best” to save our loved ones? 

However, the belief in that power (say God) is only in our intellect. We don’t connect with that power in our heart [note: this isn’t the case for everyone, you probably trust God at the level of heart and that’s beautiful].

Because, in our heart, we feel like we are the controller of our lives. In our heart, we feel like God doesn’t exist everywhere, and so we can ill-treat others and feel okay about it. In our heart, we feel like recommendations from our rushis is out-dated and the deviation from their recommendations will not harm us. This is our state of heart. Our intellect believes the right things, but we still manage to act different from what it believes because our heart is not willing to. 

Therefore, when we conduct our daily life, we continue to add to the existing karma. Can we change this?

Try this!

Turn your heart closer to God. Understand Him through right guru. Spend time with devotees. Ask questions out of love, not interrogate out of arrogance. Make a beautiful connection in your heart with everyone around you as we are all part of one big family! Don’t burden yourself with things that are out of your control. 
Trust in God’s decisions. Learn to bend down, and hold hands. Do every activity with greater passion because you are able to serve God through it. Sing His name with gratitude.

Will I get rid of Karma by doing this?

That is not for us to worry about. We don’t know the logistics of all that is involved in the big picture. All we know is that we belong to God and that God is super powerful yet extremely compassionate. When someone is compassionate and powerful, the natural response towards them is to bow down with love. As long as love is the driving force, everything we do automatically becomes an accepted service. This is how Nammalwar (one of the greatest devotee of God) conducted himself. God was his heart’s constant companion, and therefore he could only love everything and everyone around him. 

Thus,  karma takes a back seat because heart is in love with the guidance of God… 

Thus,  karma takes a back seat because heart is in now happy in the hands of God…

From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji
– Bhagavad Vishayam, 11 th September 2019

That is why, we have Statue of Equality coming up which reflects wealth of all such knowledge shared by Ramanujacharya. His interpretation of Vedic texts does not put us in the path of arrogance and solitary attitude. It builds within us a beautiful sense of togetherness with every single being, a sense of peaceful and stable trust in God.