The Karma Theory: What is Rebirth in Karma Theory, Understanding Karmic Relationships and its magnitude and 4 major Karmas – Sanchita, Prarabdha, Agami and Kriyamana karma are Astrologically connected with the Birth chart.
What is Rebirth (Reincarnation)
“Many of those Karmas leads us in the journey of life to life, from the first manifestation as an amoeba to the last manifestation the 8.4 millionth manifestations.”
How Karmic account balance is maintained?
The accumulated result of all actions from all our past lifetimes is called “Sanchita Karma”. The interesting part is how this account of Karmic Credit/Debt is maintained. It is never maintained as a total net balance (as done in the case of a bank account) but always stored as a separate account of Credit and Debit that never cancels each other, for each soul.
According to the SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYA SWAMI ji Karma broadly defined as the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction which governs our all life actions. Karma is a natural law of the mind, just as gravity is a law of matter which attracts thoughts and actions. Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will, creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. It is the interplay between our experience and how we respond to it that makes karma devastating or helpfully invigorating. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other births. The several kinds of karma are: personal, family, community, national, global and universal. Ancient rishis perceived personal karma’s three-fold edict. The first is sañ chita, the sum total of past karmas yet to be resolved. The second is prârabdha, that portion of sañ chita to be experienced in this life. Kriyamâna, the third type, is karma we are currently creating.
Is There Good Karma and Bad Karma?
In the highest sense, there is no good or bad karma. All the experience offers opportunities for spiritual growth. Selfless acts yield positive, uplifting conditions. Selfish acts yield conditions of negativity.Karama springing from the root “Kri” – “to do” or “to make” or more simply, “action”. The deeper meaning of Karma can be described as an infinite chain of the results of an action that is perceived and performed. Karma is a concept of wisdom, based on the Ancient Vedas and Upanishads, which explains a system where beneficial events are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful events from past harmful actions, creating a chain of actions and reactions throughout a person’s reincarnated lives.
The Vedas propound, “Here they say that a person consists of desires. And as is his desire, so is his will. As is his will, so is his deed. Whatever deed he does, that he will reap.”
(Source and Reference:
Dancing with Siva -Hinduism’s Contemporary Catechism
by SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI)
The Three Levels of Karmic Magnitude
In addition to the four kinds of karma, there are three levels of magnitude to any given karma. Karma can be fixed/strong or non-fixed/weak, or a combination of the two. If the karma is strong then the predetermined event will almost certainly happen. If the karma is weak then it may be relatively easy to avert it. The three levels of magnitude are:
According to Buddhism Karma theory, Fixed karmas are immutable karma that produces fixed or set result, whether it is negative or positive.
There are four causes of fixed karma:
1.Actions motivated by exceptionally strong earthly desires or by a profoundly pure mind.
2.Actions, whether good or evil, done habitually.
3. Actions, whether good or evil, performed in relation to such sources of benefit as the three treasures of Buddhism.
4. Actions causing harm to one’s parents. Fixed karma may also be interpreted as karma whose effects are destined to appear at a fixed time.
In this case, fixed karma may be of three types depending on when its effects will appear:
(1) karma whose effects are destined to appear in the same lifetime.
(2) karma whose effects are destined to appear in the next lifetime.
(3) karma whose effects are destined to appear in a third or even later lifetime.
“As a general rule, lighter karma is said to manifest itself in the same lifetime that it was created, while exceptionally good or bad karma will be carried over into subsequent lifetimes. Fixed karma was traditionally considered unchangeable, but Nichiren states in his writing On Prolonging One’s Life Span, “Karma also may be divided into two categories: fixed and unfixed. Sincere repentance will eradicate even fixed karma, to say nothing of karma that is unfixed”
Astrologically Fixed, Mixed and Unfixed karma’s are categorized into Dashas and transits.
1. Fixed karma (Dridha – Dasha System )This is karma that cannot be changed by any effort on our part. Only the grace of God can alter fixed karma (Dridha). Dashas in Natal or Divisional charts( i.e Vimsotri, Rasi or Nakashtra based dashas) indicates what is definitively going to happen in your destiny which cannot be changed is Dridha Karma or fixed Karma.
2. Mixed karma (Dridha/Adridha)This is karma that can be changed but only with substantial effort. These are those Karmas which may or may not fruity.
3. Non-Fixed karma (Adridha – Transits of Planets)This is karma that can be easily changed with some effort. Transit of Planets in your Natal or Divisional charts indicates those karma’s which can be changed by some efforts. these results may or may not happen if it is not in your destiny.
The Four Types of Karma
Karma is primarily of four kinds:
1. Sanchita Karma (9th, 1st, and 5th house): (Sum Total Karma or “Accumulated actions”)
Astrologically Sanchit Karamas are Stored Karamas which can come at any time to surprise the life progress and actions. Grand trines( 1, 5 and 9th) are mainly seen for Sanchit karamas which indicates how life progress and how dharma progress in our current life because of the punyas of the past life.
There are three kinds of Prarabdha karma: Ichha (personally desired), Anichha (without desire) and Parechha (due to others’ desire). For a self-realised person, a Jivan mukta, there is no Ichha-Prarabdha but the two others, Anichha and Parechha, remain, which even a jivan mukta has to undergo.
आत्मानं सततं ज्ञात्वा कालं नय महामते | प्रारब्धमखिलं भुञ्जन्नोद्वेगं कर्तुमर्हस
O intelligent man, spend your life always in the knowing of the supreme bliss, enjoying the whole of your Prarabdha (that portion of past Karma now being enjoyed) without making any complaint (of it)
3. Kriyamana Karma: (10th House and its lord, Saturn) (Instant, Current Karma or “Being made” or Ready to Shoot, Trigger in your hand)
Kriyamana Karama seeds lie in 10th house which indicates what we do now will reap our next birth, it indicates those actions which we choose for our next cause or birth. So always watch your 10th house and its lord to see where our next birth goes and in which direction. Malefic in 10th house or 10th lord with malefic indicates we are doing something wrong in this birth and can lead to bad next birth.
Agami Karama is mainly seen for future plotting work done for next birth, which means it indicates what we wanted to do now are what i am doing right now which is actually your thought processing – your current state of mind, Moon and 4th house and its lord is seed of the Aagmi Karama. What your thought can bring you, what you do after it which is actually goes in the direction of Kiryamani Karma(10th house). So always watch your Aagmi Karama as it will become your Kiryamani Karma. Any Malefic in 4th house , 4th lord with Malefic planet or Affliction to Moon will leads to Bad Karma and accumulated bad karma for next birth and this birth.
The Sanchita Karma (as well as Prarabdha karma) are stored in Chittakash space.
In case of Karmic account (Sanchita Karma) the Credit (good karma) and Debit (bad karma) are always maintained separately. The Credit and debit never cancel (subtract from) each other (unlike a bank account). The reason to maintain both the Credit / Debit is that the soul (Jivatma) has to face consequences of each type of karma (good as well as bad) through the cycle of several births and deaths. Good Karma is used to deliver rewards, while the bad Karma balance is used to deliver the punishments, in the chain of lives that soul will go through in the future.
Na karmanam anarambhanNaiskarmyam puruso ‘snuteNa ca sannyasanad evaSiddhim samadhigacchati
Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection.
The sum total account of Sanchita Karma is keep updating every moment by our own actions.
In case of higher divine souls i.e Yogis and Saints: The account of Sanchita Karma is almost 0. Their actions add very small portion of credit/debit to the total accumulated Karama (Sanchita).