“In accordance with the prarabdha (destiny to be worked out in current life) of each, the One whose function it is to ordain makes each to act.
What will not happen will never happen, whatever effort one may put forth. And what will happen will not fail to happen, however much one may seek to prevent it. This is certain.
The part of wisdom therefore is to stay quiet.” source: Ramana Maharshi
I start with this quote from the great Ramana Maharshi which I found when looking for his biography and reading about the building of an ashram by himself and his followers: the Ramanashram in Tiruvannamalai was where he lived from 1922- 1950 when he died. His comment before he died was: “I am not leaving you, I will always be here.”
Moojiji, (Anthony Moo-Young) who is disciple of Ramana Maharshi is building an ashram in Portugal and welcoming those wanting to perform karma yoga and assist in its construction. He invites and accepts only those who are beyond self, who are questing for Truth and who are willing to follow the eleven precepts which he outlines in his criteria for residency.
- Inquire constantly into the nature of the Self.
- Treat everyone with love and respect.
- Rest but don’t be idle.
- Know and remember that discipline supports true liberation.
- Don’t waste your time here. Your time here is for Freedom.
- Don’t judge and don’t gossip.
- Don’t socialize.
- Don’t steal and don’t waste.
- Every task, undertaken with the right attitude, contributes towards your liberation.
- Say “thank you” to existence unceasingly; keep your heart full of gratitude.
- Say “YES” to the true with all your heart.
By viewing the video of the site’s construction one can see that it is still primitive and in its infancy stage of development.www.moojisangha.org
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These eleven precepts contain the virtues which are the five of pranic healing and arhatic yoga as pronounced by Master Choa Kok Sui:
1. Accurate perception and correct expression
2. Constancy of aim and effort and non-laziness
3. Generosity and non-stealing
4. Honesty and non-injury
5. Moderation and non-excessiveness
The Ramana Maharshi’s quote leaves our destiny to the Divine Providence despite our acts of goodwill and our omissions of actions: what will happen will happen despite our efforts to prevent it, and secondly, what doesn’t happen, will never happen whatever effort one may put forth to make it manifest. His exhortation is intended to justify the wisdom of staying ‘quiet’. This doesn’t mean being inactive or unproductive. Staying quiet implies an inner silence of mind and emotions which allows us to listen to the Divine Voice and Guidance so that we may manifest our ” prarabdha (destiny to be worked out in current life)”.
There are here two notions surrounding manifesting, one is the notion of the personal power of intent versus the Divine or universal omnipotence as it pertains to our personal agenda or life journey and its choices.The second notion is the understanding that there exists a Divine universal Plan for our life which is focused on the evolution of the planet, of Humanity, of the spiritual being, and then there is our personal will which is free to make choices but only to an extent. We must not forget that our choices are mostly formed from our cultural conditioning and therefore the likelihood of being able to discern one’s life outcome is rather predictable for those who’s lives are unexamined. For those who’s lives are directed solely by mind and by cultural conditioning their path is usually rather straight and is oriented by pre-established social and cultural norms, beliefs, and expectations: get an education, get a good job, or start a business, become successful, have a committed relationship, raise a family or not, and die without having paid too much attention to the pursuit of ‘truth’. Life’s destiny (outcome) is based on karma (effects based on choices).
Karma, Morality, and Realms
Basically there are three kinds of Karma.
“They are called Sanchita or the possible karmas based on past lives, Prarabdha or the past karmas, and Agami or the future or possible karmas. Sanchita constitutes all the accumulated Karmas of past lifetimes of an individual. Part of it, the Prarabdha, is visible in a man’s character, evinced by his tendencies and aptitudes, capabilities, tendencies and desires. These karmas are ripe for reaping and can’t be avoided or altered. These are both productive and destructive, positive and negative. They can only be worn out through living them out, just as an individual settles past debts. Sanchita is the totality of accumulated karma that one has collected from past lives and from which one chooses a portion to work on during this current life time.”
“There is a beautiful analogy in Vedic lore. An archer has already shot an arrow. The arrow it has left his bow. There is no way he can recall it and he is about to shoot another one. The bundle of arrows in his quiver contains his Sanchita karmas. The one he has shot represents his Prarabdha (past) and the one that he is about to let loose from his bow constitutes his Agami (future) karma. Of these, the archer has complete control over the (current) Sanchita and Agami (future) karmas. Nevertheless, he has to very meticulously work out his (past) Prarabdha. The past that has started to take effect, he has to undergo.” source: www.yogawiz.com
There are six realms: the Hell Realm, the Hungry Ghosts Realm, the Animal Realm, the Human Realm, the Demi-God or Azuras Realm, the Angelic Realm. source: Bhagavad Gita.
“There are three kinds of actions, they are good, bad and mixed. Good Karmas are those that make the individual Divine, a god or angel in heaven. Bad Karmas cast the individual you into lower wombs (of reincarnation).
Mixed actions are responsible for giving an individual a human birth. All karmas are a blend of good and evil. In this world, there are seldom absolute good karmas or absolute bad karmas. This manifest universe constitutes a relative plane in which, if a person performs an action, it will have a constructive and destructive component( because God contains it all). Hence we must all strive to perform actions which will bring us maximum good and minimum evil.” source: (slightly modified) www.yogawiz.com
This brings me to the dilemna of ascertaining whenever I make a choice whether I’m working out past karma, choosing a better (agami) future karma or just succumbing to my predestination of whatever is supposed to happen will happen, and whatever is not, won’t. This raises the conundrum of ‘free will’: whether or not we have it? What is the role of the ‘Universal or Divine Kosmic Consciousness in our choices: are we making choices based on past karma such that we are not actually choosing but just materializing what was destined to be? Perhaps we have free will to do or not do the Divine Will?
My understanding is that there are multiple possible realities or futures and that our choices based on prarabdha determines which future will be entered into the Kosmic and eternal timeline of the Universe, implying that because of inter-connectedness the Universe may have different possible outcomes, the short time frame of Human lifetimes contrasted by the billions of years of cosmic evolution, the individual impact of one soul is not that significant in the big picture, although each flame contributes to the fire, and therefore the outcome is variable.