Karma bullshit


“O Madhava, Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord of the goddess of fortune, if devotees completely in love with You sometimes fall from the path of devotion, they do not fall like nondevotees, for You still protect them. Thus they fearlessly traverse the heads of their opponents and continue to progress in devotional service.” Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2.33

I realize that I have had a superficial look at karma. When it comes to karma, we have a theoretical approach to it. Mine was: “The unjustness of the world is proof that karma exist”. Fairness is a universal expectations everybody have…. except of course life is anything but fair. So what when that unfairness strikes hard at devotees?

[The Visnudutas to the Yamadutas]: Authorities who are learned scholars and sages have carefully ascertained that one should atone for the heaviest sins by undergoing a heavy process of atonement and one should atone for lighter sins by undergoing lighter atonement. Chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, however, vanquishes all the effects of sinful activities, regardless of whether heavy or light. 

So if one has chanted for years, then experiences some heavy duty karma. It doesn’t exactly looks as if the mantra vanquishes anything. If we do talk about karma in such a situation then it’s still superficial. Whatever happens to us, we just superficially attribute it to karma. But we can’t prove karma in any way, it’s just guesswork.

I’m not so sure I believe in karma anymore. All the talk about how wonderfully beneficial it is to chant and devote ourselves to Krishna – I don’t see or realize the benefits.

4 thoughts on “Karma bullshit

  1. I usually enjoy such detailed looks at a theme and reading it, it makes all kinds of sense. But the problem then becomes that all these statements about how the maha mantra vanquishes sin becomes circumstantial. It’s like saying: Well, the verse is true, but you forgot to read the smallprint. You know – the footnote on page 1094 which in itself consists of 10 pages.

  2. That’s right. “Chant the holy name and all karma will go away”, is the preaching tactic version of: “One glory of suddha nama is that one single utterance of it has the power to destroy more sin than one could ever commit.”

    One devotee asked my Guru Maharaja after a long technical lecture: “What ever happened to just chant Hare Krishna? Why do we have to learn all these things?”. Answer: “Because you are not just chanting Hare Krishna. If you did I wouldn’t have to teach you all these things. I’m trying to tell you why you should chant. If you cannot practice, just go on listening and in time you will. The teaching will be the impetus to chant.”

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