In this commentary on Chapter 31 of Path to Siva, Bodhinatha clarifies the meanings behind three relate and common concept: karma, fate, destiny.
“There are three kinds of karma: the karma of all deeds done in our past lives; the karmas we bring into this birth to experience; and the karmas we are making by our actions now.”
Karma is an automatic system of divine justice. Karma is self-created destiny; a consequence or fruit of action, karmaphala. By accepting not reacting, performing karma yoga, karma can be softened, mitigated. Seeking the grace of God and guru in the right spirit, the mind focused on the Deity and open to blessings, receiving the intense grace of the Deity in a powerful pilgrimage can actually eliminate karma.
Path to Siva, Lesson 31.
Tirukural, Section IV, Destiny, Commentary by Gurudeva.
In this commentary on Chapter 30 of Path to Siva, Bodhinatha encapsulates the entire path of Saiva Siddhanta in one short talk. Don’t miss it!
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: “A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha.” The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son’s way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.
Satguru discusses “Path to Siva” lesson 31: What is Karma?
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 30 of our recent book “Path To Siva,” explaining the four stages of the spiritual path.
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