Earlier this year we hosted a teacher new to Greenville. Svar Chaitanya has since been back two times and will be here this Sunday speaking about Ayurveda. His teachings are from the Vedas and Vedanta (classical Indian teachings that have been handed down in oral tradition). I have found his teachings so wonderful and they tie in beautifully to everything I have learned from all of my teachers along the way.
We were so fortunate to have him here speaking on Karma, an often misunderstood topic. Several people asked to see my notes and I promised copies. Somehow I have been a bit delinquent in delivering the notes. Instead I thought I would share my notes with each of you. These teachings made complete sense to me. Feel free to take what makes sense to you and leave the rest behind. Here is a snippet of what I learned:
- karma= to do or act
- karma pullam= fruit of actions
- three ways of doing something= actions, words and thoughts
- four things you can influence= humans, animal life, plant life, the environment
- karma pullam= the positive or negative karmas based on your actions, words and thoughts as you influence the humans, animals, plants, and the environment
- reincarnation is part of life according to the Vedas
- we all go through cycles of birth, death, life
- as humans we will go through 8.4 million lifetimes
- we chose our parents and our life before we were born; we also chose how much karmic debt to pay off and how much enjoyment we have each lifetime
- in each lifetime we have certain lessons to learn
- the only thing you take with you at the end of each lifetime is your actions in this one (your positive or negative karmas)
- every interaction we have is based on a past life interaction
- what matters now is our reaction to the karmic relationships- How do I approach these? Can I be gentle, loving and kind?
- we will always have negatives in our life, but how do we respond to these?
- the definition of living a spiritual life– life doesn’t change dramatically, the way we approach life changes (everything becomes part of the path)
- we do not need to lament that we have issues, but pay attention to what we can do now
- animals work on fear; our growth is to change fear into love, kindness and oneness
- we are perfectly equipped for the lessons we need to learn in this life