The word Mukta means ‘freedom from’. Freedom from Karma and its obligations is what you achieve if you can become Karmamukta or free from bearing the fruits of Karma.
As we have seen in different parts of this book. Karma is the fructification of stored Samskaras in your hard disk that are brought into your Citta by an energy called Vasna. They become trends that lead you to action or Karma. They are like seeds that sprout at a time that is relevant to their sprouting. Neither before, nor later. Their relevance is to the period of destiny that is running concurrently. Good Karmas will fructify during a good planetary period and vice-versa.
So far so good, but the problem is, as we are not aware of this knowledge, and we believe that we are the doers of everything that happens through us, we take responsibility of this karma. If we had realised that these actions were predetermined, because they were fructifications of past stored up engrams or Samskaras and been able to view these actions not as doers, but as observers, then there would not be any emotion or doer-ship attached. Then these actions would have passed and not be re-stored in our hard disks or Karmashayas, as new samskaras.
We would, therefore, not be responsible for this action a second time round and the cycle would not go on. This would lighten the burden of our Karmashaya and we would need to take fewer births to exhaust our Samskaras.
Thinking and believing this can make someone Karmamukta, free from the fruit of future karma. However, this belief has to be as deep as the conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind.
I found this concept easy to understand but very difficult to practice. The ‘I’ was a habitual part of me. It wasn’t as bad as “who do you think you talking to?” but we are so used to relating all our actions to ourselves that it is difficult to suddenly distance yourself and not feel a part of them.
I found a short cut, as I normally do, to most complicated problems. I decided that if I could practice not being a doer, for even one minute, for a particular time period, and feel it sincerely, I could connect to the next time I felt this by saying “from the last time to this time and from this time to the next time, I have not been a doer of any actions nor take any responsibility for any of my thoughts”.
I saw logic in this. I had nullified my misunderstandings of the past and predicted my misunderstands of the future. In order to make me feel deeply sincere I used the concept of “Arpan or Surrender” at the Sthan (I am not trying to compete with lord Ganapati, but then I do not believe that he has the monopoly for outwitting situations. I am referring to his competition with his elder brother for going round the universe. While his elder brother Lord Kartikeya actually went round the universe, Lord Ganapati circled his parents in a few seconds and said that was symbolic to going around the universe. So if the Lord Shiva could accept the logic of his son, why would he not accept ours?).
Watch yourself do this at your place of worship and you will find it sink deeper, quicker. The fact that you will learn to love yourself and worship yourself, will show that you definitely do not wish to live on endlessly, life after life and death after death. It’s not a cakewalk to achieve this, and in weaker moments you may lose conviction and become unsteady in your belief. Therefore the resolve, I am not the doer has to be repeated several thousand times in a hypnotic way, to have faith in it. (Sometimes you may feel this is a mere theoretical exercise and therefore nice to read and bury in a bookshelf, but please remember hundreds of us have tested these theories and live to tell the tale).
Spend five minutes a day saying this to yourself when you are free from stress. Make it a prayer by you to yourself. Inshallah! It will work. The complication herein is this. We find it easy not to take debit for our actions, but credit we do. We acknowledge the fact that we have helped others, been charitable, supported people and a host of other positive deeds. The Jews would call them ‘Mitsvah’, Indians – ‘Punya’, Sikhs – ‘Karsewa’ and so on.
In the initial stages of wanting to serve others, these feelings will arise and that’s very fair. These feelings are highly motivating and push you forward. It is only at a much later stage when you have evolved enough that this concept should be replaced by the realisation that we may feel that these are our actions, but we have realised through our learning that these are pre-programmed and we need to avoid taking credit or discredit from these thoughts and deeds.
Adi Shankaracharya in his poem Atma Shatakam says, “I have neither virtue (Punyam), nor vice (Papam). I do not commit sins or good deeds, nor have happiness or sorrow, pain or pleasure, I do not need mantras, holy places, scriptures (Vedas), rituals or sacrifices (Yagnas). I am none of the triad of the observer or one who experiences the process of observing or experiencing, or any object being observed or experienced. I am indeed, that eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.”