#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 12 – The karma that plays out in our lives, whether in this lifetime or subsequent lifetimes, stems from our mental afflictions

#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 12 – The karma that plays out in our lives, whether in this lifetime or subsequent lifetimes, stems from our mental afflictions I’m not sure what John Lennon would have to say on the subject but according to Patanjali, karma isn’t always instant. His view is that what we do, how we act, even why we do it, has a bearing on what will happen to us in the future: its simple cause and effect. Our bad deeds will come home to roost at some stage, and our good ones will be rewarded. The mental afflictions of ego, attachment etc. cause us to act in ways that have more negative effect, on the whole. Take ego: someone might make a thoughtless but relatively harmless comment which you might take personally (confusing your Self with your body and mind). Before you know it, you might react badly, causing a situation of aggression that needn’t have happened. From playground fights to gang warfare, this is a familiar story. Without the affliction, there would have been little reaction to the statement – that karma wouldn’t have been created. I think we all know this – negative occurrences that have happened in the past: a squabble with a classmate, a thoughtless act that seemed fun at the time – how they stay with us. They attach to our characters, they may even haunt us; meanwhile the karmic repercussions are harder to gauge. They may well be relatively instant. Sometimes as time passes we gain context of their impact in this lifetime. But who knows how this will play out in the future? It’s funny how fear of negative repercussions and desire for positive ones acts as such a powerful motivator (going to heaven or hell is a similar notion) – but Patanjali is not advocating this as a motivator for action, in fact he’s especially saying we shouldn’t fear or desire things! To Patanjali, karma is simply a matter of fact, something that dissipates as a by-product of his method. #karma #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #patanjali #natalieyoga.com

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