Monday, March 4, 2024

Can I Steer clear of Unhealthy Karma? — Ananda


There’s a giant tree in entrance of the balcony of my second-floor condominium that shelters many birds. I am getting the chance to look at them at other instances of the day and all over the seasons. The very explicit habits patterns of those birds, and different animals together with a stray cat or two in my backyard carry insightful questions for me about proper and incorrect movements (karma).

Paramhansa Yogananda continuously stated that animals don’t incur sin or karma as they don’t act via ego motivation. They as an alternative are instinctive and apply nature’s rules. Yogananda explains that sin is an lack of knowledge – an lack of knowledge in regards to the rules of nature. I questioned, bearing all of this in thoughts if I may dispel lack of knowledge and steer clear of developing unfavorable karma through attuning to and following nature’s rules. I sought after to discover the likelihood and provides myself the risk!

Within the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna’s purpose is to reach the state of nishkam karma (performing with out ego motivation) that brings moksha (liberation). So, the needle of liberation at the non secular compass all the time issues to nishkam karma. That is the purpose the place we upward push above the world of karmic regulation and to find freedom within the Countless Spirit.

Going again to the Grasp’s (Yogananda’s) quote about animals and the aim of existence to reach liberation in the middle of acting movements, I questioned what I may be told from the egoless task of animals. I needed to paintings on the planet and task can be a day by day topic of shock.

People are, actually, voters of the animal kingdom however with some delicate distinctions – Now we have a completely advanced occult spinal gadget (chakras) and now we have the boon of unfastened will.

Regardless of those benefits, I realize that guy is continuously frightened and unsatisfied about something or any other. In my backyard, the birds chirp fortuitously and the animals apparently roam carefree. I pondered the validity of unfastened will as a boon for us as it so continuously turns to our drawback when implemented throughout the ego.

Why can we combat such a lot?

If existence is a tapestry — woven threads of days and nights, I would like to be aware of the way in which that animals undergo their days with out developing unfavorable karma. A few of us, however, combat evening and day to steer clear of the karma monster.

Yogananda stated that bodily wrongdoing brings bodily diseases, psychological misbehavior brings psychological disharmony, and religious lack of knowledge brings non secular darkness. By way of now, interested by the ones phrases, my ideas are spinning like a wheel, however I in the long run find a guidepost in Yogananda’s poem, “God! God! God!” Within the poem, he divides the day and its actions into waking, consuming, running, dreaming, and dozing

In waking, consuming, running, dreaming, dozing,
Serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving,
My soul will continuously hum, unheard through any:
God! God! God!

This cycle of task and motion gave me some sensible course.


At the waking entrance, birds and animals get started their day at morning time and finish it at sundown. Many animals stretch proper after waking.  Many people have observed cats stretching in an instant upon waking within the morning and at other instances all over the day. Apparently, Yogananda advanced the Energization Workouts after staring at the way in which a cat stretches.

Within the Autobiography of a Yogi, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri recurrently stated, “The darkness of Maya is silently drawing near. Allow us to hie homeward inside of.” Grasp often reminded his disciples at nightfall with those phrases about their wish to shift their consideration from task to their night meditation apply and Kriya Yoga. It has continuously been showed for me that the phrases of an avatar are without end true.

I realize that disciplined or spiritually wide awake other people try to deal with a dharmic regimen till it turns into moment nature, whilst worldly other people paintings right through the day, and their sport and leisure continuously get started at evening. Grasp recommends that the evening be reserved for God communion when the whole lot is quiet. The start and finish of the day are quieter instances so highest for connecting with the upper Self.


Animals additionally apply a herbal consuming development: herbivorous animals devour crops comparable to grass, frugivores thrive on culmination, and carnivores are pleased with meat and flesh, and as soon as they’re complete, they don’t seem considering or have cravings for a pal’s complete plate of meals! A saint as soon as stated that you just received’t see a tiger too fats to run or a sparrow too fats to fly, as they devour best when hungry.

Many people, nonetheless, habitually really feel starvation every time meals is visual. As an alternative of following the wishes of the frame, we continuously apply the calls for of the senses, managed through the ego.

We love to consider ourselves as being good and trendy. We devour a wide variety of meals: herbal, natural, cooked, raw, overcooked, meat, vegetarian, processed, junk meals, artificially flavored meals, and meals this is totally unnatural for us. I’ve to invite myself, am I a complete exception to all this? I’m on no account. I’ve to do my highest to apply the proper laws to stick wholesome.

Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, a Gyanavatar, gave clinical causes explaining that guy is basically a frugivorous animal and would apply a herbal consuming development to stay wholesome. Yogananda humorously stated that the general public dig their very own graves with a knife and fork!


I realize that within the place of business, the ego tries to sneak into our actions, expanding alternatives for working into unfavorable karma. It’s interesting how within the animal kingdom probably the most competitive habits revolves round securing meals. At the human facet, we continuously step into the sector of labor with aspirations of main a significant and honorable existence, even though continuously to find ourselves entangled in traps of energy, title, and popularity.

For myself, it’s necessary to carry onto the belief that my true essence stay aligned with my authentic wishes.


Nature’s techniques are in reality interesting. Animals, pushed through their instincts, mate just for propagation to make sure the herbal cycle of existence. Animals procreate inside of their species all over seasons of abundance, making sure an abundant meals provide for his or her offspring.

This raises a query for me: are we, as people, attuned to this refined inside steerage? Religious teachings emphasize a the most important level— over the top indulgence in sensory pleasures can disrupt our psychological and bodily well-being.

Reflecting in this, I’ve come to take into account that if I align myself extra carefully with nature’s rules (refined regulation working across the clock) I will be able to be much more likely in a position to experience each bodily and psychological well being. Following herbal regulation is usually a blueprint for a harmonious life resulting in a existence in attunement with the essence of our bodily and religious selves. It’s a mild stability that nature turns out inherently involved in to steer her creatures.

Our apprehensive gadget with its seven chakras is the royal pathway to liberation.

At this level, ideas in regards to the totally advanced occult spinal gadget and the importance of the chakras emerge. Swami Kriyananda’s phrases within the Pageant of Gentle resonate deeply with me. There’s any such profound sense of divine grace and redemption in his phrases. “For now, through God’s grace, our redemption is handy.” Our apprehensive gadget with its seven chakras is the royal pathway to liberation.

The usage of the tactics of Kriya Yoga passed down through our line of Gurus, now we have the ability to dissipate unfavorable karma and transparent our means. I’ve the important thing to putting off dangerous karma with the robust float of existence power (prana-shakti) generated through Kriya Yoga!

The topic of putting off karma turns out overwhelming, but I understand with out a lot brainstorming that it’s simple for me to attract steerage and inspiration from the herbal rhythms of the animal kingdom about tips on how to align my day by day movements with much less ego attachment. Via some great benefits of Kriya Yoga, I will be able to navigate past the entanglements of karma and pass speedy ahead at the freeway of Self-realization.

-Nayaswami Suvarna


In 2011 after assembly Swami Kriyanandaji for the primary time and along with his loving invitation to come back and reside in Watunde (Pune), Nayaswami Suvarna moved to the ashram there from Mumbai. She was once a Kriyaban sooner than this time and was once additionally a member of Ananda Sangha Pune.

Suvarna served in Mumbai along with her son Nayaswami Sagar for just about 3 years. She has labored on translations (English into Marathi) of Autobiography of a Yogi, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, The Essence of Self-Realization, Dialog with Yogananda, and The Artwork & Science of Raja-Yoga. Marathi is the 3rd maximum spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali.

Along with her seva on the Pune and Pimpri facilities, she additionally is helping with the Ananda Kriya Yoga House Learn about Path and the Kriya Sangha (Hindi). Suvarna additionally loves enjoying the harmonium and making a song Grasp and Swamiji’s tune.


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