Anonymous: Swami Ji, Thanks for your practical and logical response. Need your perspective on the following challenges that I am facing. I have been very blessed by god thus far, however, I am taking a State board exam, which I took last friday and I did not perform very well. I analyzed why and it seems to me that it was two reasons. I got very nervous and also, was not thinking correctly to solve problems. I will work hard to control this 2 things, However, wanted find out if god plays any role in this type of situation. I have been working hard for the exam. If I dont pass, how do I figure out if it is my fault or is it due to my previous karma or something else ? Thank you very much.God bless.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. You are welcome, please. Karmas theory is this that previous lives’ bad deeds/sins are destroyed by doing present pious deeds. So, if you have been studying hard with full concentration and devotion then sure you will pass your examination. Only, laziness towards study, not to do daily hard study or practice in writing of chapters, and not learning the chapters daily etc., etc., destroy the future of a student. Student means his is only to study hard with full concentration and to take care of his health. So, please do the needful and go ahead. However, my article on karma’s theory is also pasted below-
Three types of Deeds
There are three types of deeds (karmas) – sanchit, prarabhadh and kriyamann. Suppose one soul has to take birth (body). It means he has to face total number of deeds of his all previous lives and these deeds are called sanchit karmas but sanchit deeds are huge/unlimited and cannot be faced in one life. So the karmas which can be faced in one life are called prarabhadh (luck-destiny). So God has not made our luck at His own but Almighty God has taken the deeds which we have already done.
Yajurveda mantra 7/48 clarifies that human being is free to do any deed good or bad but God only awards the result. Now the balance deeds from sanchit deeds will be counted in the next life. Now the deeds which we do in our day today present life are called kriyamann.
If we do pious deeds according to Vedas, shastras and holy books and based on pious preaches of Rishi, Muni/learned saints then our all sanchit deeds are burnt and we can get salvation. Human beings are free in the matter of doing deeds good or bad. But result will be awarded by God. So we must worship and do pious deeds under guidance of a learned Guru. One should go always ahead for hard working, pious deeds, worship to make future bright himself. One should always work hard towards a right path.
Worship does not mean that we are free to discharge only our family duties, education, etc., but rather it is a sin. We have to get progress in both way at a time i.e., spiritualism and worldly progress i.e., science, education, duties towards family etc. God creates the universe according to His eternal law framed in Vedas which are always unchangeable and unchallengeable. So we have to follow the law of God always to get long happy life.
REMOVING BINDINGS OF KARMA (KARMA BANDHAN)
Pain or suffering of karmas is unlimited since the load of sanchit karmas is uncountable. But all karmas (deeds- good or bad) can be burnt in the present life by doing real worship of God. It may take next birth also according to the amount of time and dedication with which an aspirant pursues his worship.
So the real remedy is to follow the eternal path of four Vedas. One should listen Vedas from an experienced Acharya who knows Vedas as well as Ashtang Yoga philosophy, which also exists in Vedas. Regular guidance of learned Acharya is needed by the aspirant.
Who says that God is sitting idle? Otherwise, who else is controlling the universe? Who is giving justice to human-beings in this divine court of law? How the wind is blowing, earth is moving, sun is revolving, sun and moon are bringing about the production of crops, who is controlling birth and death, who is laughing with in the blooming flowers? Who awakes us in the morning and under whose power do we retire to our beds to sleep and under whose supervision our digestive system works? Who has created the whole universe and matters etc.
We are taking rest but God never does so. He is our commander and He showers mercy on us by donating the whole world to us along with knowledge of four Vedas to make us learned but most of the people get indulged only in materialistic articles of the world and forget Almighty God and hence the sorrows, problems, tensions, diseases etc., devolve over them.
As regards war, hatred, terrorism, etc. it is man-made problem created because of lack of knowledge of Vedas. Yajurveda mantra 7/48 clearly states that human beings are free to do good or bad deeds but result is awarded by God accordingly in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively.
Actually, to get birth in lesser family is also due to the effect of deeds of previous life. So, if such person is less intellectual (becomes no learned), this is due to his own previous lives’ deeds awarded by God. However, if such person makes contact with learned acharya and follows his preach then he can improve his mind and can become a learned and wealthy person because Yajyen and practice of Yoga Philosophy makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. That is, gives Arth (finance), Dharma(righteousness), Kaam (fulfillment of pious desires) and Moksha(final liberation).
D S: My exams were not so good will my result will be good. Can you pray for my good result?
Swami Ram Swarup: When your exams did not go well, it means you have not been devoting your concentration towards your moral duty of doing studies. Please take care of your health and pay your full concentration towards your studies because it is moral duty of a student. Your hard study will please your parents also. May I hope that you will sure pay your attention towards your studies? My blessings to you.