Book Review of ‘Karma — A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny’ by Sadhguru
Updated: Sep 16
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It is said that the word Karma came from the Sanskrit word for actions, works or deeds. Karma is good or bad actions done by an individual, which as per some traditions comes back to you in a varied way. Some says that good karma begets good vibes and favorable situations arise out of no-where, when a similar crisis arises to the individual who did the good karma.
Some say that bad or evil karma or actions done with evil intentions bring great misfortunes in the later stage of one’s life. Some religious scriptures are also of the same views and hence many ancient sages advise us to do good work. It’s not always Karma which makes one do good works, it’s the genuineness and honesty of an individual which matters.
I personally feel that good actions are not done due to some good advice, it automatically comes to humans who are good at heart. For these types of people, the cause of the good actions does not matter. They do good, because they love to do good for people. The smile on others’ faces brings a smile on their face.
So, why sometimes evil people forsake the devilish intentions and do good work? The reason is not because of some sermon received in any religious meetings but because at that point of time, their higher consciousness overpowered their lower energies.
The Materialistic world has many things to offer, but I find many who are not happy after receiving the long wished materialistic gain. The reason may be as they wish for more such items. But when someone understands the reason for their own birth and remains happy with the things one has and honestly works towards one’s goal, I feel they live much more peacefully.
Many times, a materialistic desire, which one tries to perform, needs effort and most of the time many people want to achieve the same as soon as possible. The possibility of evil actions joins in and then it leads to actions which are wicked and not honest. I personally feel anything achieved through these means is not good as it signals the universe to send similar vibes.
The book ‘Karma — A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny’ by Sadhguru is a wonderful book, which teaches us about Karma, Karma acting as Memory which is passed on to generations, Karma Yoga in the Physical body, Mental Body and the Energy Body and many more thoughts. Sadguru is a yogi, mystic and a visionary and a spiritual master and this book is his thoughts on the same.
In one of the Chapters, he says.
Karma. The inescapable basis of our lives. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the consequences of our own actions. The cycle that appears to follow us grimly and inexorably wherever we go. Although the word is Indian in origin, Karma is now a term that has invaded every dictionary.
He again states that: There are many possible ways to explain this. But perhaps the primary explanation is just this: Karma is the only concept in the world that addresses human perplexity in the face of suffering. It is the only logic that explains the seeming arbitrariness of the world we live in.
-Excerpts from Karma — A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny by Sadhguru
The interesting fact is in one of the chapters, he mentions that there are some actions which we pass on as Karmic effects like any disease like Hypertension. He mentions that these are not due to destiny, but the karmic activity of a human. Sadguru states the same with a question -
After years of polluting our planet and refusing to change lifestyles, is it any wonder that so many other diseases are rampant in our world today? Are we not collectively responsible for these?
He further adds that people make their own lives and create their own destinies and societies write their own self-destructive narratives, but we then try to pass the buck to God or destiny. To make one understand about Karma and the will power, he gave the example of Rishi Markandeya in Indian Mythology, which is a testament for the determination to take charge of one’s own life.
This book has many details about ways to deal with one’s Karmic energies. The author has beautifully expressed his views on the subject. It’s a good book to understand the concept of Karma from the author’s perspective.
If I have to rate the book on 10 stars and 10 being the highest, I will give the book 8.5 stars.
(Please Note: The above are my own personal thoughts after going through the book. Your views and opinions after reading the book may differ)
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