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Title: does papam lead to bija or prarabdha

User: Anonymous    Date: 2007-05-02 09:38:31


Hare Krishna! Dandavats Swami Gaurangapada.


I was looking at the cycle of karma photos/images here. It shows how sinful actions (papam) lead to either bija (sinful desire) or prarabdha (manifest reaction).


What dictates in which way papam manifests, Swamiji? Why will some sinful actions result in sinful desire whilst others will result in a amnifest reaction?


I think that for spiritual aspirants the result of prarabdha is the better of the two as maya is very strong, but suffering a reaction can push us closer to the Lord.


Is the way sinful reactions are dispensed any differently for devotees?


Thank you very much for your time.


Title: Karma Cycle Explained Deeper

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-05-02 13:35:25


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara!  Pranams! Thank you for this question. I will give a concise summary of this vikarmic cycle.


As you see from the photos, sinful actions or paapa result in either prarabdha (immediately suffering and instantly manifest reaction for the sin) and/or apraarabdha (unmanifested reaction which will fructify later on in this life or previous lives into the corresponding suffering) or it may lead to both which is also common.


Apraabdha again leads to either of the below two reactions or both at a later stage (after a few hours, months or years or in the next life or lives) : praaradha (delayed suffering for the original sinful action paapa) and/or kuta (spontaneous inclination  to commit sinful activities with no other cause).


Kuta (propensity to sin) leads to the strengthening and full formation of Bija (sinful desire) which in turns again leads to sinful actions or paapa and this vikarma cycle goes on perpetually life after life.


The Padma Purana explains this karma cycle is completely destroyed  in the life of a devotee who is chanting the Holy Names:


aprarabdha-phalam papam kutam bijam phalonmukham

kramenaiva praliyeta vishnu-bhakti-ratatmanam


Translation by Swami Gaurangapada:


"The dormat unmanifested karmic reactions or results of sins which will manifest later on (apraarabdha phalam), the sinful propensity awakened due to the unmanifest reactions (kuta), the strong desire to commit sin (bija) and the resultant suffering experienced due to engaging in a sinful action (prarabdha or phalonmukham or klesha), are completely  destroyed in the above sequence in the a life of a devotee who is full attached and absorbed (rataatmanaam) in chanting the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna with devotion."


If you see, the apraabadha is the easiest and the first to be destroyed and can also be destroyed to some extent by other processes like dhyaana yoga, gyaana yoga or maybe karma yoga. But the later things like paapa, kuta, bija and (especially) praarabdha (manifested reaction which we experience when we sin) cannot be destroyed by any other spiritual processes except bhakti yoga especially the chanting of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna.


Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.