Science of Karma
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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