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How to Perform Akarma?


The first step is to understand clearly that, "I am not this body. I am a pure spirit soul". The next step is to gain knowledge about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna and then accept His authority by surrendering to Him. For this one should approach a bona fide spiritual master coming in an authorized disciplic succession (parampara). Such a spiritual master provides systematic knowledge about Krishna and how to surrender to Krishna.If one does good karma, one will get good results to enjoy birth after birth; but that brings with it the miseries of old age, disease and death in every lifetime. If one does bad karma, one has to appear repeatedly to suffer the resultant reactions. But if one performs Krishna-karma or 'akarma' then one does not return to this world; one goes back home back to Godhead.


Becoming free from the cycle of birth and death requires more than just theoretical understanding. Knowledge that one is not the material body, but a spirit soul, is not sufficient for liberation. One must act on the platform of spirit soul. This is called  devotional   service   (bhakti),   which  provides  many practical techniques for becoming free from karma and reincarnation.


1.The first principle of devotional service is that one should regularly chant a fixed number of rounds (malas) of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.


2.One should also regularly study the Vedic literatures, especially Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and Srimad Bhagavatam, in order to develop a thorough understanding of the nature of the self, the laws of karma, the process of reincarnation, and the means for becoming self-realized.


3.One should eat only spiritualized vegetarian foods. In the Bhagavad-gita (3.13), Lord Krishna says that one should eat only food that is offered to Him in sacrifice; otherwise, one will become implicated in the reactions of karma. The simplest form of offering food is to place the food before the pictures of Radha-Krishna and pray, "My dear Lord Krishna, please accept this humble offering", and chant the Hare Krishna mantra three times. God is not hungry for our food, but for our love. Therefore when we offer Him food with devotion, He accepts it and leaves behind His remnants called prasadam. Eating this purified food that has been accepted by Krishna frees one from karma and inoculates one against material contamination.


4.One should avoid meat, fish and eggs. One should also give up all intoxicants, including tea, coffee, tobacco and alcohol. One should not engage in illicit sex, i.e., sex outside of marriage. It should be noted that abortion carries a severe karmic reaction - those who participate in killing unborn children may be in their next life placed in the womb of a mother who chooses abortion and themselves be slaughtered in the same horrible way. But if one agrees to no longer commit such sinful acts, one can become freed from karmic reaction by inoffensive devotional chanting of the holy names of God.


5. One can offer the fruit of one's work to God. Everyone must work for simple bodily sustenance, but if work is performed only for one's own satisfaction, one must accept the karmic results and receive good and bad reactions in future lives. The Bhagavad-gita (3.9) therefore warns "Work done as a sacrifice to Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world" Thus work must be performed for the satisfaction of the Lord. This work, known as devotional service, is karma-free. Working in Krishna consciousness means sacrifice. The human being must sacrifice his time/money for the satisfaction of the Supreme. Work performed as devotional service not only saves one from karmic reaction, but gradually elevates one to the transcendental loving service of the Lord- the key to entering the kingdom of God.


It is not necessary to change one's occupation. One may be a writer and write for Krishna, an artist and paint for Krishna, a cook and cook for Krishna. Or, if one is not able to directly engage one's talents and abilities in serving Krishna, one may sacrifice the fruits of one's work by contributing a portion of one's earnings to help propagate Krishna consciousness throughout the world.By following these simple techniques, anyone can become free from the effects of karma. But if one does not follow them, one is sure to become entangled in the actions and reactions of material life and be punished by the strict laws of nature. One will have to come back to this material world again and again; and one must remember that one may not always return as a human being and may not have the opportunity for freedom that one has now


Therefore, in order to free ourselves from the endless repetition of birth and death, we must understand the laws of karma and reincarnation and free ourselves from them. The Bhagavad-gita and other Vedic literatures are instruction manuals that teach us the real goal of the journey of life. By understanding the science of reincarnation, we free ourselves from the forces of karma and return to the kingdom of God, where we can relish an eternal life full of knowledge and bliss.