Law Of Karma Applies To All
is mentioned in the Scriptures that our so called Avtaars and
great personalities could not escape the Law of Karma.
have read that for an incarnation of God, to don the human
body, He has to acquire the alloy of ‘Maya’( The world of
of the Laws that pertains to ‘Maya’ is the ‘Law of Karma’.
me to give you a few examples.
King Dasharatha, was out on a hunting spree. He was so
proficient in the art; that he could aim, at his target, only
by hearing a sound.
a certain trip, he mistook a young boy as a deer, and fired!
young boy’s name was Shravan Kumar.
young boy was a devoted son. His aged parents were blind. He
was carrying them over his shoulder on wicker baskets, to a
pilgrimage center that his parents so wished to visit. The boy
had gone to get drinking water for his thirsty mother and
father, when he was mistaken for a deer by King Dasharatha,
and fired upon and killed!
Dasharatha repented for his hasty action, but the old parents
prophesied that King Dasharatha would give up his life pining
for his son, just like the two old helpless people were about
who have read the Ramayana are aware that King Dasharatha died
pining for his son Rama when the latter was banished to the
forest for 14 long years through no fault of his.
me to give you another example.
Rama, during his sojourn in the forest killed King Bali..
had unjustly banished his brother Sugreeva from the kingdom
and had forcibly taken his brother’s wife for himself.
promised to help Sugreeva get his kingdom and wife back.
Sugreeva and Bali fought, Rama shot an arrow from behind a
tree and Bali was killed.
argue that Shri Ram should have allowed the 2 brothers to
fight without intervention from his side. And maybe He should
not have not shot the arrow from behind the tree.
from behind a tree is symbolic. We may think that we fight and
win all the battles of life but it is actually God’s unseen
hand that is behind our victories).
Bali lay wounded he asked Rama to take care of his son.
wanted to bring Bali back to life since Bali felt repentant of
his previous deeds. But Bali being a good soul, who had been
deluded for a while, feared that he may not have the
opportunity of dying in the Lord’s arms if he chose to
recuperate from his wounds this time.
died with a smile on his lips.
said earlier that “While Sugreeva and Bali fought, Rama shot
an arrow from behind a tree and Bali was killed”
action had to have a reaction according to the Law of Karma.
Sri Rama incarnated as Sri Krishna, the latter was shot at by
a hunter who mistook him for a prey.
shot proved to be fatal for Lord Krishna. When the hunter
became inconsolable due to his careless act, Sri Krishna
calmly said that the hunter was not to blame.
was the rightful reaction. Sri Krishna had killed Bali during
His incarnation as Shri Ram and now Shri Krishna was to leave
the body because of the hunter!
Krishna death did not matter as He believed that the Aatman
(Soul) is imperishable.
might ask that did Krishna not have the power to NOT be
subjected to the Law of Karma?
I say to you, that maybe He did, but He probably wanted to set
an example, of how to take the inescapable with equanimity.
Sri Ravi Shankar believes that Rama and Krishna went through a
gamut of human experience in order to make us realise that God
need not be a distant concept; God can be one among us...
concept of avataar is common in the East in countries like
India, China, Japan, Korea and Nepal. Nripo Narayano Hari: the
king is regarded as the avtaar of Vishnu. Vaidhyo Narayano
Hari: The doctor too, is venerated as Vishnu-avatar...the
avatar is like a mother going to her child; there is greater
emotional bonding...Your love for God becomes authentic when
you are assured of His love for you. In the Bhagavad Geeta it
is Krishna who first tells Arjuna "You are dear to
me", which enabled Arjuna to surrender...
ages, we've been striving to reduce the gap between ourselves
and God. There are two ways to do this: One way is to elevate
humankind towards Divinity ...The second way is to bring God
down to human level in avatar form...Whenever you feel immense
respect, wherever you get a glimpse of Divinity, know that it
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