Do good to others and good will happen to you, the oft quoted comment.
Or, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong to anyone, why should calamities or distress happen to me?
Or, it is a part of our karma, what can we do ?
Distressed, much upset and tired with ups and downs, one clings on to various thoughts, almost like the last resort. Further, there are sooth-sayers, there are comforters, who spare no bones to share their expert guidance. India is a blessed land in this matter- we have philosophers and doctors in every house, who spare no opportunity to share their philosophy.
Can we have a small look at why do we react in the manner as we do. The simplistic answer is – we are used to this. We know no other way out. There is another way as well, which we very easily overlook. The view of a witness! Events, situations, (good or bad) formed in our life, bring about a chain reaction. Our mind moves through the waves, building up further reactions. This vicious cycle continues.
But how do we put a stop or for that matter, ponder on this multidimensional emotional ride that we go through?
The wise say, in order to get over these rides, work in the outer world but keep the focus on the reactions happening in the mind. Hw who is aware of the inner reactions, is able to navigate through these emotions so as not to allow the mind to be dented. A patch on the mind is like the ripple that extends and expands in a way that one is unable to hold the boundaries and thus is easily carried further like the leaf floating on the ripples. The result is a wayward, confused and upset mind, unable to fathom the centre. Such a person wavers from his decisions, allows the confusions to override him and further, makes himself a victim of circumstances.
This is the reason, why the wise of the yore mention ‘observe and be alert’. Alert to the dents on the mind due to accumulation of garbage, alert to the reactions forming due to actions, alert to the loads of memories that create an impression and alert to the loss of faith in our own selves.
Thus karma is not merely what one does externally, but that which is formed in the mind, as a result of a situation. Hence, performing actions as is required at that particular moment is vital. Like the Tao Master Lao Tzu says, ‘Do your work, then step back- The only path to serenity’. Similar words are echoed through Thakur Ramakrishna, ‘While you perform work in the world with one hand, keep the other hand at the feet of Divine Mother’. Lord Krishna speaks to Arjuna in Bhagwat Gita, ‘yoginah karma kurvanti
The essence is the same; the language perhaps is seemingly different.