”It is not just about what you do to other people; it is also about the thoughts, emotions, actions, cycles, and patterns of behavior that eventually affect/effect you. An intention, behavior, or action that harms you or another sentient being is bad karma.”
* Why did God create life in the first place, when ultimately life is to end?
God gives us life so that we can enjoy his creations, and selflessly love every part of his creation. Unfortunately, we develop an attachment to people and things, which leads to the development of negative feelings in us. Instead of looking at God’s creation with the same feeling, we become possessive and selfish. We start fighting over ‘our’ possessions. Rather than treating everyone as part of God, some begin to consider themselves as special.
Friendship, compassion, and happiness are replaced by resentment, hate, and fear. Instead of being close to nature, we go farther away from it. In short, we do all that for which we did not take the human form. God blessed us with life, but we planted the seeds of attachment and ego.
Our deeds activate our karma accounts and based on all actions performed by our body, mind, and senses, we start earning karma points. Those karmas that we are unable to experience in this life are carried forward to the next life. Thus we get caught in the karmic cycle, which will continue till our karmic accounts are balanced.
It is not so easy to close the karmic account, for as we are reducing our karmic debts in this life, we are also accumulating fresh karmas by our good and bad deeds. Our karmas get stored in the chittakashspace, in our thoughts and emotions.
Only regular spiritual practices can help cleanse our karmas and make our mind pure and calm. When the mind becomes calm, it is able to gain knowledge of the Self. In this blissful state, no karmas are added, and we attain liberation. After death, the body, senses, mind, intellect, and ego-merge into their own 24 elements. The birth-rebirth cycle that starts after we get separated from the Divine ends and we once again get absorbed in the Divine. ■