Karma – three kinds of karma

Kirpal Singh


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Every action brings about a reaction

We are to understand this principle, this law. If we understand this principle or Law of Karma, then we can come out of it and go back home. Otherwise we’ll keep on coming and going and coming and going. So each cause has an effect. Every action brings about a reaction. Uproot the cause and the effect disappears. This has been done by the Masters who have transcended these laws. But all others are bound by the bonds of karma, which is the root cause of physical existence. Of course, these are very good actions, the reactions of which have given you the manbody. But still we have to be very careful what we do: either we are trying to go back down or back home.

There are three kinds of karma

One kind is called Sanchit. “Sanchit” means “which are stored as yet,” not fructified. So suchlike karmas, you see, from hundreds of births back, are just in store, not yet touched for reaction.

Ever since we have left the house of our Father, ever since we have been sent to the earth, we have been coming and going. Action and reaction has been going on. Some has been paid off by Pralabdha karma. Pralabdha karmas are the karmas which are in fruit, which are fructified, and on which our present existence is based. First, we have got the manbody. That is the result of very high karma, good karma.

So pralabdha is the karma on which our present life is based. It is what is called “fate” or “destiny.” Fate or destiny is a reaction of our past karma which is now in fruit.The third class is Kriyaman, the actions that we do daily. Man is free within certain limits and bound within certain limits.

When you sow a seed, it will bring forth similar seeds

There is action-reaction; then again a reaction; and the thing goes on like that. There’s no end to it. After sowing the grain, a man cannot stop having the harvest – the fruit will come. So there are many actions. Actions are of one kind, but there are three aspects to them. There are certain actions which we are doing now, daily – fresh actions; fresh seeds are sown, you might say. Some have already been sown and are bearing fruit. Others have been sown, but are not yet bearing forth fruit. So there are three kinds of karmas or actions.

Is our destiny predestined?

Our present life depends on those reactions of the past karmas which are bearing fruit. They are called pralabdha karma. On that karma our length of life is based. According to that, some people get children, some die, some are ugly, some are old, some have a give-and-take. This is based on those karmas or seeds which have grown in the past and are now bearing forth fruit in action. This you cannot change.
We are independent within certain limits to do some actions, and we are also bound to some extent

When a railroad line is laid down, the train will run over it. Before you lay down any railroad line, it is up to you to lay it down this way or that way. But once it is laid down, the train will have to run over it. So, as I told you, some karmas are bearing fruit; some we are doing fresh; and others have not yet borne any fruit – that will come up in due course.

So we are independent within certain limits to do some actions, and we are also bound to some extent. Action, reaction, action, reaction goes on – there’s no end to it.

How to overcome the karmas

When a Master meets someone, he does not touch the present reactions which are coming up; for our life is based on that. He lets it alone, he lets it go on. For the future, Master lays down a line of conduct. For the present which is bearing fruit, he gives food to the soul so that it will become strong and there will not be any pinching effect. And for those which are not yet bearing forth fruit, he gives the disciple contact with God within. By coming in contact with God within – when his inner eye is opened – he sees that He is the doer of all; that we are mere puppets in His hands. He becomes a conscious co-worker of the Divine Plan. The result is that there is no I-hood left. And all those actions which were sown in the past, and are still awaiting fruit, are burned away. Who is there to bear their fruit? So this is the way in which you can escape from the reactions of the past.

When you come in contact with God – when you become a conscious co-worker of the Divine Plan – all karmas which are in store are burned away; just as if you roast seeds in the oven, they won’t grow. And this is the way in which all the karmas are wound up. That is why it is said: “What is the use of going to a Master if these reactions are not ended? If you go to the feet of a lion and are afraid of jackals, what’s the use of going to a lion? This is how the karmas are wound up: first, by prescribing certain conduct of life; second, by an inner, higher contact.

Sant Kirpal Singh

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9 comments on “Karma – three kinds of karma

  1. My dear friend,

    We all have to struggle mostly against ourselves and so we have to befriend us in us. It is our mind that creates problems in us as the mind is controlled by the senses and so is our soul controlled by the mind. It always wants us to focus our attention outwardly, to run after worldly things and pleasures, in fact to distract us from our true purpose of life – so we all wander endlessly here and there having our attention devided to thousands of irons in fires. That is why we have to find out what our mind wants and why it wants to think, do or speak like this, why it dictates us to have our focus in this or that direction. Everything lies in us, the biggest treasure too, and our intellect can be of a certain help when honestly analyzing ourselves. On one hand there is yearning and on the other hand there is the mind which tries to convince us to do the job tomorrow and tomorrow it says the same thing.

    Credit goes to my Master, without Him I am nothing and with Him I am nothing… as He is the One, the Ocean of life, light, love. Try to read every day only a bit, not much, and try to digest it – this will surely help you on your spiritual path to find yourself.

    All the best my friend 🙂


  2. Thanks for awesome reply as always. Still reading first book but thank for this one, much appreciated. Even though love to read, find it hard to actually sit down to read, if that make sense.

    You have a great knowledge and wisdom, thanks for sharing your time and energy. 🙂

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  3. Our destiny is only partly predestined, not totally, otherwise we would not have a free will to make choices. However, even our free will is limited. When coming here on earth from the Sanchit Karma, the huge storage karma from all lives we have lived so far, something is taken that works like paying off old bills, or we can say: that there are rails put in our lives where our life-train has to travel on. In-between there is the free, limited will that allows us to make choices. Fatalism is something where we have no choice, all would be predestined. So we first have to get familar with the term karma, what it really means and its different enfoldings. Therefore, I recommend to you read the book from Sant Kirpal Singh:

    Click to access WHEEL_of_Life_engl_2019.pdf

    if you have some time to spare. Indeed, every attachment is a huge obsticale on the path of spirituality. They are closely connected with our wishes and habits – therefore, our wise men say: “Be wishless happy…” The more we bind us with material things the more we are possessed by them. Then, not we possess the material things, but they posses us…

    All the best to you, my friend 🙂

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  4. Is our destiny predestined? This is one of the great questions. I think we are born with a certain energies and the more that we explore our spiritual path the more them energies reveal themselves Attachment to materialism however stops our growth.

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  5. Yes Didi sir,, we all are due to the ones who influenced our lives and changed it for better.

    Wishing you BASANT PANCHAMI (TODAY)> Do go through the blog.


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