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The Law of Karma

September 22, 2011

Today we will talk about something fundamental in the philosophy of yoga and that is the spiritual and universal concept of the famous saying: "You will reap what you sow" or better known as the law of Karma. Karma is the future consequences of current intentions, thoughts, behaviors and actions. It should be emphasized that thought is the most important, since the other actions derive from it. While the Karma you are creating daily at every instant are seeds that will blossom into future life experiences, Karma is not your destiny. You have the ability to consciously choose how to respond and react to generated Karmic events, thereby reducing the current impact of your Karma and reducing or eliminating future Karma. This is both a psychological and physical practice, the mental attitude being much more powerful than the physical act. The law of Karma is connected to the constant evolution of the physical world or Samsara as yogis call it, it is the wheel of life and death. This wheel is said to have six spokes: virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, attachment and aversion. These spokes are the types of Karma that bind us to the wheel and to keep turning on it. Yogis tell us that the only way not to produce Karma is to act selflessly, without ego, without the desire for a reward. Liberation from Karma and Samsara is known as Nirvana, a much appreciated spiritual state. However, trying to reach a state of Nirvana is not a necessary goal, any reduction in Karma will improve life, well-being and happiness. Become aware of your daily actions and observe your behavior both in mind and body! Namaste, Nina

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