All matter is perishable, hence is unreal.

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 20th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3o1q3eje/
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Ancient texts like Vedas and Upanishads say that there is no matter, and everything is an illusion (maya)!

Then how karma steps in and works towards our betterment of what is not there?

The reality is the energy, out of which all matter shapes its life.

All matter is perishable, hence is unreal.

The reality is the energy, out of which all matter shapes its life.

Ancient Indian scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavadgita say that energy as eternal soul.

Modern science defined the same as energy that cannot be destroyed but converted from one form to another.

Science is like a thermometer by which we are trying to measure what is nature and life.

A thermometer can read the temperature, but its upto you to interpret and diagnose. Science cannot diagnose everything. So maya is the matter and energy is the soul. If I can't interpret the high temperature as fever, its my mistake or the device must be faulty.

Since the body is perishable, so it is described maya. Since your actions (karma) lead to something good or bad depending on the quality of actions, that karma must be performed.

When I think positively, there is a betterment.
If I act negatively, there is a negative result. Thoughts lead to actions. Actions (karma) are what we are made of.

What Bhagavad Gita says about actions

Bhagavad Gita 3.21:

yad yad acarati sresthas
tat tad evetaro janah
sa yat pramanam kurute
lokas tad anuvartate


"Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues."

Whatever the great people define as good and bad becomes a norm in the society and is followed by common populace.

Bhagavad Gita 18.11:

na hi deha-bhrta sakyam
tyaktum karmany asesatah
yas tu karma-phala-tyagi
sa tyagity abhidhiyate


"It is indeed impossible for an embodied being to give up all activities. But he who renounces the fruits of action is called one who has truly renounced."

Bhagavad Gita 18.23:

niyatam sanga-rahitam
araga-dvesatah kritam
aphala-prepsuna karma
yat tat sattvikam ucyate


"That action which is regulated and which is performed without attachment, without love or hatred, and without desire for fruitive results is said to be in the mode of goodness."

Bhagavad Gita 18.25:

anubandham ksayam himsam
anapeksya ca paurusam
mohad arabhyate karma
yat tat tamasam ucyate


"That action performed in illusion, in disregard of scriptural injunctions, and without concern for future bondage or for violence or distress caused to others is said to be in the mode of ignorance."

The essence of Karma Yoga


Everyone must engage in some sort of activity in this material world. But actions can either bind one to this world or liberate one from it. By acting for the pleasure of the Supreme, without selfish motives, one can be liberated from the law of karma (action and reaction) and attain transcendental knowledge of the self and the Supreme.
~Bhagavad Gita, Chapter Three: Karma yoga


Bhagavad Gita Slokas and meanings: Source bhagavad-gita.us
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Hard work is good karma by Français : Pietro de Crescenzi, Pier de Crescenzi , via Wikimedia Commons
It's been a hard day's work by Mick Lobb , via Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Nov 2011 (#)

It's like the movie The Matrix, everything is an illusion. Sometimes I think it is true.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
21st Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Mark.
What you said is true.

The Matrix is based on the same principle : "Everything is an illusion".

You have hinted me a better example by referring to The Matrix in which there's a wonderful song at the end wherein this Sanskrit sloka is sung as a conclusion:
"asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya".

Please see this link for its meaning: http://archives.amritapuri.org/bharat/mantra/asatoma.php

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
21st Nov 2011 (#)

I felt it better to quote the essence of the above mentioned sloka here which is an extract from the link referred:

"So, according to Vedanta, we cannot call this world ultimately real. It is not ultimately true. Ultimately, it does not exist. It seems real etc. but it is not. Such a thing is called asat."

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author avatar Buzz
21st Nov 2011 (#)

I do believe the Universe that we are part of is all energy. Lower vibration has made us appear solid in the physical world than spirits in the astral/spiritual plane.

Thanks for sharing India's mystical/esoteric knowledge, dear friend.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hi dear Buzz, thank you for this enlightening comment.

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author avatar Retired
21st Nov 2011 (#)

Wonderful page, Rathna-ji...Delighted to see the Vedic truths and nice sanskrit slokas delivered in direct and articulate style. Bravo on your star and Namaskar! rd

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hello dear Rama Devi, Namaskar!
I was thinking of you while referring to Amma's page http://archives.amritapuri.org/bharat/mantra/asatoma.php, which I found later when Mark told about the movie The Matrix, otherwise I would have included in the main content of this article.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Nov 2011 (#)

What a lovely page, all the way around. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. as always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hi dear friend, nice to see you after a long time.

Hope your computer is alright.
I found you writing article-length comments. May I suggest you to post a page now and then with the same zest.

That was my observation and I thought of telling this to you for a long time.

This time I'm going to see a new page coming from you instead of a long comment as you generally do.

In fact, it's a honour for us all to receive quite descriptive comments from you, and I've seen no one else writes such article-length comments as you do and that adds value to a page where your comment resides.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Nov 2011 (#)

Beautiful, Rathnashikamani, as always. Congratulations on a well-deserved star page.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Thanks my dear friend, you have 'occupied' my heart with your odes on wikinut friends.

Can I ask you one thing about astrology?

According to Indian Astrology, future of even incidents such as 'occupy' can be predicted as per the date and time of their 'birth' (ie. origination). Is it the same in Western astrology that you follow?
Hope to see an article by you on this question.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Rathnashikamani: I missed this page and I always look out for yours. I also would like to know if "Occupy" shows up in astrology charts.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Ivyevelyn,
Thank you for visiting my page.

Steve has clarified my doubt on his page: http://goo.gl/iWw5m

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author avatar Funom Makama
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

This is really nice. I once learnt about Karma, Samsara, and even Maya.... And I had lots of Indian friends who explained some certain principles to me. Its nice reading it again and I will definitely forward this to some of them to read. Nice page and it's definitely a Star!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Doc,
Nice to know that you have studied ancient philosophy.

Thank you for referring my page to your friends.

I like your articles about health and medicine.

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author avatar girish puri
25th Nov 2011 (#)

When ever i read these slokas , i always feel i am reading it for the first time , but your presentation of presenting them , is awesome , i like it , thanks nice share

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful page my friend!!!

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful article Rathna! You always enlighten me in your work..Such a great Star page my dear friend..

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
1st Apr 2012 (#)

I believe everything will be destroyed someday, but we would be resurrected in the days of eternity.
Thanks for sharing.

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