( ‘Shreyas karmas’ are the ones which are difficult to perform and not very pleasant in the initial stages but are highly beneficial for us in future. While ‘Preyas karmas’ are those karmas which are very pleasing and enjoyable in the beginning but produce ill effects in future in long term.
Please refer the last post for more description and explanation)
The beneficial or ‘Shreyas karmas’ are advantageous, benign, health giving and have positive and wholesome effect in our lives. They give peace, longevity and abundance. So perform only positive actions. But this path of selective good actions is sometimes long and arduous. Our feet get tired, we lose hope and courage, we find ourselves alone with no companion, people ridicule us as majority of them do not validate our views, and finally we see that there is no energy left in us to walk up the steep hill.
But do you know my lovable child, that you should never give up your ambition because our aim is very blessed and unselfish. Our motives very pure and therefore God provides us help in accomplishing our benign goals. Although the greedy and selfish man also works hard to achieve his goals and selfish intentions, but God never provides him any encouragement or support. God provides help only to his sweet children by giving them ‘shakti’ or force in their minds by planting thoughts of determination, fortitude, discrimination, goodness and self-belief to continue walking on the rocky path of God-realization. Whoever makes attempts to redeem, purify and wants benediction, God promotes and backs up every little effort of ours so that we make consistent and considerable progress for atonement, self discovery and God realization.
God is non-doer, a silent spectator and is responsible for nothing that we do. We are responsible for whatever actions we take whether physical or mental or otherwise. But when you invoke God by the perfume of your virtuous acts, He blesses you like a Father to a son for your good acts and supplants fatigue with good energies, high spirit, a fine intellect and extraordinary physical and mental energies to cover up the gaps when we take giant strides to make our spirit blossom.
And those people who harbour evil thoughts, jealousy, anger and cunningness they all live in hell. They emit a foul smell as they have a very small heart. Such people slowly become lazy in nature, they do not get success in their goals and their mind gets constricted. They fall and regress and further regress on the ladder of human evolution.
Now there is one question which may crop up in our mind in the process of salvaging ourselves. Which actions should we chose from so many possiblities as sometimes our mind gets blurred? There is always a choice that we have to make and we do not know what is right for us? What is the criteria of selection?
The answer to this is that we should only choose to do those karmas which will raise our soul higher, which will produce enthusiasm and zest in our lives and which will make our life a blissful paradise.
What sort of life should we lead to enable us to do the right actions?
Our life must be simple, it should have sweetness. It should have love in abundance. Our life should be brimming with devotion, love and goodness for all!!
A few lines in Hindi are flowing spontaneously at this point in my mind summarising the topic of all the three posts. I hope you will appreciate my small effort in expressing myself what I wish to say. It goes something like this..,
Agar atma prakash karna chhate ho to shubh, hitkari, swarthheen karam karo.
Nishkam karam mukti ka dwar hai, rasta hai.
Nishkam karam man ko shanti deta hai.
Nishkam karam-bandhan se mukti deta hai.
Nishkam karam do dilo ko jodta hai. Raag, bhaye ko door bhagata hai.
Nishkam karam punyai ka ambar lagata.
Nishkam karam se Arjun ko Krishna mil jata hai.
The translation in English.
If you wish to have Divine Illumination, then perform beneficial, selfless actions.
Selfless acts are the door to salvation, is the path of salvation.
Selfless acts give peace of mind.
Selfless acts free us from the bondage of results of our actions.
Selfless acts join two hearts. It eliminates anger and fear.
Selfless acts add to your treasure trove of virtuous acts.
With selfless acts, Arjuna (devotee) finds his beloved Lord Krishna (God)