The destiny of the soul after death, wrongly concocted as void or nil, is already clarified in the Bhagavad Gita:
yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁ
tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya
“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.” (BG 8.6)
The code that operates the complete existence, also stated in The Bible, is: “As you sow, so shall you reap”. In other words, the popular Newton’s 3rd law of motion: “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is surprisingly applicable in the subtle science too! This is also popularly known as the law of karma, the original explanation from the Vedas and can be found in the Manu Samhita. Therefore karma is not an imaginary or a man-made concept.
Just as a person works in the office and his service records are being maintained without his knowledge, similarly irrespective of our awareness, our actions are very diligently being administered by the laws of material nature. The person working a job is also unsure of his superior’s opinion but at the end of the month as per the records, the person is either promoted or paid incentives or even fired. Similarly we are rewarded by our superior authorities of whom we are unaware of due to lack of spiritual education.
The actions also do include thoughts, originating from our mind. The mind has 3 activities: Thinking, feeling and willing. The Bhagavad Gita describes that when the senses (Eyes, nose, tongue, ears and skin) are allured by their objects of enjoyment (through seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling respectively) and are let astray, the mind becomes slave to the demand of the senses resulting in hankering (in presence of their objects) and lamentation (in their absence). The planning and meditation of the mind on enjoying the objects results in thinking, feeling and willing. Nature however doesn’t distinguish this willing from actions and takes note of them too. This hankering and lamentation leads to a long battle with the material nature for enjoyment, which ultimately entangles the spirit soul in the complex mesh of their infinite desires. The body, which is the covering over the soul is one such result of that entanglement.
As long as the soul desires to independently enjoy the material creation in this way, while being attached to it and ignores the real knowledge, it remains entangled in the wheel of birth and death (or karma chakra), while being entitled to enjoy or suffer the fruits of one’s actions.
For example, a person over attached to sleep, during death may be facilitated with a body such as that of a polar bear where he may sleep for months without food and water and continue enjoying. Similarly, a person too attached to consuming flesh and blood, during death, may be facilitated with a body of a carnivore with claws, sharp teeth and a corresponding digestive system, designed to easily hunt and digest the flesh. As per 8.4 million permutations and combinations of such desires, there are exactly 8.4 million species of life in the material world. These desires originate from the 3 modes of material nature, namely: goodness, passion and ignorance. They can be compared to 3 primary colors, which on mixing in various degrees result in 8.4 million resulting colors or desires. These 3 modes are termed as gunas by Lord Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita. Interestingly, the word gunas also translate as ropes in Sanskrit. In essence, all living entities are being made to act by the material nature as per their unlimited desires.
The Supersoul seated within everyone’s heart as the Supreme Father kindly reciprocates with our desires through the medium of the nature while simultaneously guiding us from within, through the scriptures, saints and His devotees. He never forces surrender upon His sons unto Him for love is always voluntary. The material nature is merely reciprocating as per our desires. The living entities are themselves solely responsible for their enjoyment and sufferings as per their immemorial desires and must not blame The Father. The laws of nature are spotlessly perfect unlike manmade laws. A criminal may escape the punishments from the imperfect manmade laws for a crime but cannot escape nature’s eye that even takes note of killing an ant.
In India, many families and societies unlike the most plan their life as such so that they may be able to retain human birth after death. However, this is no better than failing in the same grade repeatedly due to improper utilization of the facility, namely rationality.
The next article Being human speaks on making the best bargain of human life.