Question about choice and Karma

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    Neem J
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    Namaste,
    I hope I am posting in the right place. I am an utter novice in the field of spiritual practice and have, with God’s grace, landed on your website. Perhaps the result of some past good Karma. I have a question about the COVID situation, which, to my untrained mind, seems more nefarious than just a natural calamity. At any rate, I feel like the powers-that-be are using it for installing a bio-tyrannical state. I care about my fellow man and wish to bring no harm to anyone, but I balk at the mandatory vaccinations.
    My question is – If I am forced to do something against my better judgment, is that due to my past Karma?
    Many thanks for this excellent blog.

    P.S. I just realized that I have used an account that does not contain my real name. In future, I will create an email address in my name to post to the forum.
    Neem

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    Ashish Dalela
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    Yes, there are three kinds of suffering, called ādibhautika, ādiatmika, and ādidaivika. Adiatmika means from your body and mind. Adibhautika means the suffering caused by other living entities such as bacteria, viruses, or even other evil and harmful people, etc. And ādidaivika means the arrangement of the demigods who control nature.

    So, if you get fever due to tiredness, then it is ādiatmika suffering. Then, if you got fever due to normal flu, which is quite prevalent everywhere, then that is ādibhautika. And when you have a pandemic like COVID, then it is called ādidaivika, which means it is arranged by the demigods to punish a large number of people simultaneously.

    All these are attributed to karma, but their method of delivery can be different, and that difference is in the scale. If someone gets individual sickness, but they are alone in that, then it is ādiatmika. If many people get that same thing, but still on a smaller scale, then it is ādibhautika. And when the whole country or world gets it, then it is ādidaivika.

    So, famine, wars, pestilence, pandemics, tsunamis, earthquakes, climate change, extremely hot or cold weather, etc. are all due to the demigods.

    As regards a bio-tyrannical state, we must understand that the condition of the living entity is like a puppet, and it acts in the hands of the puppeteer—the Supreme Lord. Nothing happens without the will of the Lord. And yet, we have a choice in which type of puppet we want to be. By choosing to be the puppet that plays a bad role, we become responsible for that action, just like the person who chooses to be the good puppet gets rewarded for it. So, things are happening by the will of the Lord, and some puppets are trying to take different positions of power in this drama, and they will be punished accordingly, and you will also receive happiness and suffering according to your actions.

    The Vedic scriptures, therefore, advise a person to try to be the best kind of puppet in God’s hands. This means, use your life to practice and teach God-consciousness. That is also a puppet in God’s hands, but it is a good puppet, and he is rewarded accordingly. Then, the evil puppets are also puppets, but they are punished for being evil.

    #12875
    Neem J
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    Namaste Ashish,

    Thank you so much for your detailed reply. It helps to remember the ultimately God is in charge. I have a question though. In our day-to-day lives, it is so hard to figure out the truth in the information we receive about myriad issues that require us to act. Anywhere you turn, in any institution – education, medicine, economy…there is so much obfuscation that one is never really sure of one’s decisions and understanding of any given situation. So my question is: In order to be a puppet that chooses good over bad roles, shouldn’t the puppet know enough and with sufficient clarity to make that decision?

    I thank you for your blog; it is truly a gem.

    Regards,

    Neem

     

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    Ashish Dalela
    Keymaster

    Yes, I agree that there is mostly disinformation. And finding the truth is like finding a needle in the haystack. But it is also because of complacency in people. They are not looking, there is lack of curiosity, and even if some people find something, they are afraid to tell others for fear of criticism and retribution. So, we have to become strong. And that strength comes from learning and teaching, or telling others about the truth. But first we have to learn.

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