Karma isn’t a system of reward or punishment, it’s an internal process of your own identity, intention and choices.
Sadhguru, a yogi, mystic, visionary and spiritual master who spreads wisdom around the world, clarifies the meaning of karma (no, it’s not a checklist of good and bad deeds) and explains how much you’re in charge of your own karma.
His most recent book, “Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny,” breaks down the ways in which karma frames our lives.
“It’s time to unpack the most overused, abused and yet indispensable world in the spiritual vocabulary of the world,” says Sadhguru in his book. “It is time to examine how karma is connected to some of the most vital areas of human inquiry: the meaning of life and above all, how to live it.”
Karma is made up of three things: intent, content and outcome. But the only way to truly determine the path of your actions is by setting your identity. Doing so determines the nature of your thought and emotion. Sadhguru won’t sugarcoat it—creating your karma is up to your action, your responsibility and your dedication to constant learning.
“Education means just this,” Sadhguru says. “A constant process of identifying yourself with newer and newer things or more and more things that at the end of the game, you don’t know who the hell you are. You are a heap of things.”
Sadhguru also covers the complexity of accessing your consciousness, the relationship between the elements and your individuality, and how you can create unity in the face of conflict to open up your view of the world.
Three decades ago, Sadhguru founded Isha Foundation, a nonprofit human-service organization, with human well-being as its core commitment. He’s received three presidential awards in India, including one for his environmental work as well as the country’s highest annual civilian award for exceptional and distinguished service. He ranks among the 50 most influential people in India.
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