Inspirational Thoughts 3/29/2013: Karmic Genetics


Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment.

There are three kinds of Karma. They are called Sanchita or the accumulated karmas, Prarabdha or the current karmas, and Agami or the expected karmas. Sanchita constitutes all the accumulated Karmas of past lifetimes of an individual. Part of it is visible in a man’s character, evinced by his tendencies and aptitudes, capabilities, tendencies and desires. Prarabdha is that segment of the part of Karma that… ..is responsible for a body in the current life time. These karmas are ripe for reaping and can’t be avoided or altered. They can only be worn out through living them out, just as an individual settles past debts. Agami are those karmas that are now being created for the future.

Genetics is the study of heredity. Heredity is a biological process where a parent passes certain genes onto their children or offspring. Every child inherits genes from both of their biological parents and these genes in turn express specific traits. Some of these traits may be physical for example hair and eye color and skin color etc. The genes are inherited during the prenatal stage. The fetus develops using the genetic code. Sometimes other environmental factors such as mother’s health and her habits/activities may cause deviation from this genetic code during the prenatal and perinatal phase. During the postnatal phase further deviations can happen from this base genetic code from this code based on epigenetics.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression, caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence – some of which are heritable. It refers to functionally relevant modifications to the genome that do not involve a change in the nucleotide sequence. These changes may remain through cell divisions for the remainder of the cell’s life and may also last for multiple generations. Non-genetic factors cause the organism’s genes to behave (or “express themselves”) differently.

The Karmic genetics is a blend of cosmic effect of the universe on the physical biology of the human body. Sanchita Karma or the accumulated karma is the pre-ordained set of characteristics a soul will be born with based on the effects of their actions in the past. The parents are just the donors of the already preordained characteristics of the soul, brought together through circumstances orchestrated by the cosmic underlying intelligence of the universe. There is an interplay or the Mother’s Prarabdha Karma during pregnancy and during birth, and the Soul’s Sanchita Karma during embryonic development effecting the growth and sometimes deviating from the preordained genetic code which may further cause changes to the fetus. Ultimately the physical form taken by the soul is a culmination of its own Sanchita Karma or genetics as well the Prarabdha Karma of the Mother and the others closely associated with the Mother. The final birth of the soul in its physical form is the new baby’s current Prarabdha Karma, part of which has to be endured and reaped, and cannot be changed. Epigenetics is the Agami Karma.

When the soul ultimately is able to accept its own Prarabdha Karma, and move on with neutral and balanced behavior of thoughts and actions, it can cause the preordained Sanchita and Prarabdha to change in the future. Activities like meditation, spirituality, pursuit of happiness and bliss by accepting the life that has been doled and enduring to find the peace within regardless of the circumstances is the Agami Karma to self-realization. On the other hand throwing away a perfectly good life, by either misusing the body, and immersing in mental afflictions may cause deviations from the genetic code via epigenetic changes resulting in further loops of endless preordained Prarabdha Karma which then becomes Sanchita Karma of life and death cycles.

In conclusion Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny through the interplay of genetics, epigenetics, and environmental influences on the body and soul. Karma or Genes are like the notes of a raga. We can improvise the notes to make a beautiful melody to uplift the soul or sing it in an endless loop of progression and regression of the notes serving no real purpose.

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