Spir­i­tual Cor­ner

Sci­ence of Karma

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A Good Deed Can­not Negate

A Bad Deed

Ques­tioner: Is the suf­fer­ing a net re­sult of the ad­di­tion and sub­trac­tion of bad karma and good karma?

Dadashri: No. Ad­di­tion and sub­trac­tion do not oc­cur. The deeds do not can­cel each other out. This has been a rule since the ex­is­tence of this world. Peo­ple would take ad­van­tage of it if this were the case. Smart peo­ple would end up do­ing a hun­dred good deeds and ten bad deeds, leav­ing ninety cred­its of good deeds. Na­ture makes sure that both good and bad deeds are ex­pe­ri­enced.

Ques­tioner: Dada, is it true that when we do any kind of char­i­ta­ble work, like build­ing a hos­pi­tal, the fruit of the other neg­a­tive kar­mas we have done will be less in­tense?

Dadashri: No, it is not re­duced. New kar­mas are bound for the good deeds, but one will have to suf­fer the con­se­quences of harm­ing oth­ers. Nat­u­ral law is ex­act. If you have done any harm, just even once, its fruits will come. Two bad deeds will not be de­ducted from a hun­dred good deeds.

Both have to be suf­fered sep­a­rately.

Ques­tioner: So, are the fruits of these kar­mas sep­a­rate?

Dadashri: The fruits of bad kar­mas will be bad, and the fruits of good kar­mas will be good. Noth­ing in­creases or de­creases. What kind of law pre­vails in na­ture? Say, you do $100 worth of good

karma by do­nat­ing to a char­ity, but you also do $5 worth bad karma by in­sult­ing some­one. The $5 will be­come a debit in your ac­count, and the good deed of $100 will be­come a credit.

The law is very pre­cise. If this were not so, then all busi­ness­men would credit and debit all the time and en­sure that they had a net credit bal­ance. There would never be any un­hap­pi­ness, and so, no one would ever seek lib­er­a­tion be­cause there would be noth­ing but good deeds. So, the law cred­its a hun­dred and loans you five, which is not de­ducted. You will have to ex­pe­ri­ence what­ever credit you ac­cu­mu­late. Ex­ces­sive cred­its will bring ex­ces­sive fruits, which be­come cum­ber­some to en­joy. After a while, you will tire from too much of a good thing. Too much credit be­comes cum­ber­some, and too much debit also be­comes cum­ber­some. One be­comes tired of all the lux­u­ries and wants to re­vert to sim­plic­ity. This is be­cause what­ever com­forts they ex­pe­ri­ence are not real and not the bliss of the Self. Rather, it is imag­i­nary and tem­po­rary hap­pi­ness. One never tires or be­comes dis­sat­is­fied with the per­ma­nent bliss of the Pure Soul.

The Bind­ing Of Vows To Deva-De­vis

Ques­tioner: Does one bind kar­mas for mak­ing any kind of vows to any Deva-De­vis (ce­les­tial bod­ies)?

Dadashri: Cer­tainly kar­mas are bound when a vow is taken. By do­ing so, we ask them to do some­thing for us. They may even oblige us by do­ing some­thing. We give them some­thing in re­turn, which is why we bind karma.

Ques­tioner: By stay­ing with a saint, can one be freed from bind­ing


Dadashri: The bind­ing of kar­mas is re­duced. You will bind kar­mas of merit, and this does not hurt you. The karma of de­merit is not bound.

To be con­tin­ued...



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