THE THEORY OF KARMA
The true Guru is the one who shows the right path to his followers, the one who drives away sorrow. The one who eliminates the darkness in your life and fills it with the light of wisdom. The Guru leads you to enlightenment and shows the path to self-realisation, for which you have taken birth. This is his first and last aim and one who does this is the real Guru.
In this discourse, if you be with the Guru, then your whole life is going to change. Your way of living life will be so transformed that you won't be able to recognize yourself. You will understand and acquire what you are searching for since long. You will be in bliss. This bliss can be experienced only by your soul – the Atman – but your ego is a barrier. The Guru will break this barrier to make you realise this. There is a song “Duniya banaanewaale kaaheko duniya banaayee” (O Creator, why have you made this world?). Here in this universe someone is crying, someone is laughing, someone is a king and someone a pauper. Some throw away excess food and someone feeds himself with wasted food. Who is responsible for this? The Creator of the Universe? This is to be realized. One man is happy in a situation. Whereas another man is unhappy in the same situation. For example in a family of five people, four are loving and one person is quarrelsome. He keeps fighting with others, why so? The circumstrances are the same for everybody in the family. Sometimes two people from similar backgrounds go out to work and one is very successful whereas the other does not get results even if he works very hard. Someone is not physically fit inspite of being operated upon six times. Someone is wealthy having all the possible luxuries, but he has a single mentally retarded child. One person is not happy with all his luxuries while the other is very happy with minimal belongings. Why is this? Why do I have scarcity in my life or why am I happy? This is what I am going to reveal to you. Everyone experiences incidents according to their 'sanchit karmas'. If I am happy, I feel the whole world is happy. If I am in the wrong, then I feel that everybody in the world is wrong . Why so?? Your past sanskaras make you think and experience such things. You have created the present with your karmas and are now experiencing it and at the same time creating your future.Our Shastras say no one can stop the events in your life, on the other hand it is also said that you are the creator of your own destiny. Bothstatements are in contrast to each other, but you will understand soon.
Many times you say that you knew everything in advance but did not utter a word. That too you will understand as we go on. You have to endure your destiny, youcannot change it. This is a journey in which you cannot retrace your steps. There is nothing thatyou can change or re-arrange in your past. So you have to let go of it. If you drag the past (which is dead) into your present, it will only spread the unpleasant odour of decay in your life. The present is the truth and remember your future will take birth from it.
–Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji