Are Karmas Bound Or Released Through Chanting And Penance?
Questioner: When we do chanting and practise penance, do we bind karmas or do we release ourselves from them?
Dadashri: Karmas are bound. Karmas are bound in everything. Even in sleep, you bind karmas. When you do chanting or penance, you bind heavy merit karmas, for which you will receive material happiness in the next life.
Questioner: So how much strength does religion (good deeds) have to free you from karma?
Dadashri: Dharma and adharma (good and bad deed) are both effects of karma. They keep you bound in the world. If you know the science, karmas can be destroyed immediately. With dharma (religion, morality) punya karmas are bound, and with adharma (nonreligion, immorality) paap karmas are bound. With Atma Gnan (knowledge of the Pure Self) however, karmas are destroyed and burnt to ashes.
Questioner: If one is discharging both the good and the bad, then how can it be called dharma?
Dadashri: With dharma, karmas of punya are bound, and with adharma, karmas of paap are bound. What would you do if someone were to slap you? Would you not slap him back? Double the number, and give him back. It is because of the unfolding of your effect
karma that the man slapped you. He is simply the 'instrument'. Just accept it as a return of your debt, and deposit it. Do not give it back. If you do not want to repeat this scene in the next life, do not give it back.
To be continued...