Prarabdha Karma Can Be Destroyed.

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Astrology, Destiny, Fate, Free Will, Horoscope, Prarabdha Karma, Purushartha

Swami Sivananda, “…even Prarabdha Karma (=the result of past actions) is destroyed by the fire of knowledge. Sri Sankara states in His Aparokshanubhi, ‘In the line: “his actions are destroyed when the Supreme is realised”, the Vedas expressly speak of actions (Karmas) in the plural, signifying the destruction of the Prarabdha Karma as well.’

“…If… only the Sanchita and Agami were destroyed and not Prarabdha, the dual number would have been used and not the plural. Sanskrit grammar has singular, dual and plural numbers.” (Commentary on Gita Chap 4:37)

Swami Sivananda, “Prarabdha can be overcome by the Grace of the Lord. The Lord’s Grace descend when there is sincere devotion and when Man does Purushartha (effort). Purushsharta is possible when the mind is pure… the laws of nature do not operate when there is the Grace of the Lord. His Grace is all-powerful. We have the instance of Markandeya who conquered death by his Purushartha, by sincere devotion to the Lord. He was destined to die young, but when the Lord’s Grace descended, Lord Yama had no power to carry our his wish. So, it is possible to overcome Prarabdha by Teevra Purusharta (Intense Effort).” (pg. 38, May I Understand That?)

Yogananda Paramahansa, “Even the fate of death can be changed. Jesus demonstrated in a most dramatic way that there is no such thing as an unalterable fate. According to Lazarus’ karma, he was destined to die on a certain day. The law was fulfilled, and Lazarus died. That was fated to be. But not even death is a fate irrevocable. Jesus satisfied the karmic law and brought Lazarus back to life again.” (pg. 50, The Divine Romance)

Yogananda Paramahansa, “Don’t allow yourself to think you are forever bound by karma. Deny it.. Give your karma to God. He will help you if you ask Him to… if we have faith in God, all things are possible… Never yield to pain and trouble…. It doesn’t matter what your troubles are… You will see in time that you are a master of yourself, and free from Karma, even as God is.” (pg. 204, The Divine Romance).

Yogananda Paramahansa, “…our Indian astrologers say we are all puppets. I do not believe that. I believe you can destroy any karma you want to…. (pg. 232, Journey to Self-Realisation)

Yogananda Paramahansa, “To believe in karma is to give strength to it.” (pg. 232-233, Journey to Self-Realisation)

Yogananda Paramahansa, “Do not admit you are a helpless mortal governed by karma… it is an old superstition of the ignorant to believe you cannot change your destiny.” (pg. 238, Journey to Self-Realisation)

Yogananda Paramahansa, “…we can change many things in our lives that appeared unchangeable, or that may have been predicted to be incontrovertible…” (pg. 304, The Divine Romance)

Swami Sivananda, “Do not believe in the evil influence of stars and planets. You are the Lord of the universe. Stars and planets take their power from your very self,” (pg. 188, Revelation)
Swami Sivananda, “Do not pin your faith in astrological predictions. They will SIMPLY make you restless. You will be ever worrying over a supposed future mishap. Divine GRACE will dispel all clouds of ignorance, worries and mishaps. Stick to the Divine Name BY ALL MEANS.” (pg. 247, Revelation)

It is said that birth, marriage and death are pre-destined. Can we not CHANGE our destiny…?

Swami Sivananda, “You CAN change your DESTINY by STRONG will-power, by LEADING a PURELY spiritual life.” (pg. 489, Sadhana)

Srila Prabhupada: “Prārabdha can be changed. Kṛṣṇa says. Prārabdha means you are enjoying the fruits of your past activities. That is said in the Brahma-saṁhitā. Karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām. Nirdahati. Karmāṇi, the resultant action of your past karma, can be vanquished by Kṛṣṇa. As Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā, ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi: “I shall give you protection.” 

Indian (2): Swamiji, then what is (indistinct).

Prabhupāda: No, prārabdha can be changed.

Indian (2): Prārabdha-karma…

Prabhupāda: Yes, yes. I am replying you. Prārabdha can be changed. Kṛṣṇa says. Prārabdha means you are enjoying the fruits of your past activities. That is said in the Brahma-saṁhitā. Karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām (Bs. 5.54). Nirdahati. Karmāṇi, the resultant action of your past karma, can be vanquished by Kṛṣṇa. As Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā, ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi: (BG 18.66) “I shall give you protection.”

Indian (2): Even from punar janma, karma…?

Prabhupāda: Everything. Finished. As soon as you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, everything is finished. But don’t commit again. Stick to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Then you are safe.

Indian (2): Then what was the necessity for the Pāṇḍavas to suffer when they had themselves surrendered to the Lord Kṛṣṇa, and they have suffered?

Prabhupāda: They have not suffered. They have served Kṛṣṇa’s purposes. Kṛṣṇa wanted to kill all the demons. They did it. That’s all.

Lecture on BG 2.24 — Hyderabad, November 28, 1972.

Paramahansa Yogananda: “Fate means that a cause has operated to produce an effect. You can change it, if you know the way…:

1. You can MINIMIZE the effect of an action.
2. You can RESIST the effect.
3. You can COMPLETELY STOP it.

“…Why do people go to doctors? Because that is one way to MINIMIZE the effects of wrong actions. The physical way to lessen an illness or overcome it may be found in such remedies as proper diet, exercise, or medication….

“…To RESIST the effects of karma is to use commonsense remedies, but rely more on the power of the mind. Refuse to accept any limiting condition. affirm and believe in health, strength, success, even in the face of contradictoryevidence…

“…The only way that you can permanently stop the undesirable effects of past wrong actions is by removing the cause of those effects. Harmful past-life seed-tendencies must be CAUTERIZED from the BRAIN; then there will be no recurrence of ANY type of illness or other troubles arising from them. Roast them in the fire of wisdom…seek the wisdom born of meditation, which removes forever from within you the darkness of ignorance. Krishna said: ‘As fire reduces to ashes all wood, even so, O Arjuna, does the flame of wisdom consume ALL karma.’ [Gita 4:37]” (pg. 49, The Divine Romance)

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

[Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)]

  1. DanBhatt says:

    This has to be one of the best blogs for spiritual thoughts that i have visited.I do believe in astrology but i am not a blind follower of it. I feel Krishna (Lord) has the ultimate power and if we do purusharth and devotion with purity and if he accepts it, we can change our past karmas. Thank you. Hare Krishna

  2. Ajit Pradhan says:

    Sri Swamiji, Please accept my sincere “Pranaam”. This blog is as spiritual as it can be. As referenced in this article, Giita 4:36,37,38, Sri Krishna Bhagwan narrates this to Arjuna and in Geeta 12th. adhyaya, Sri Krishna gives assurance how he loves and blesses his bhaktas. Other spiritual references by the God graced personalities also bring so much value to the article.
    I have been personally confused by reading Karma, Sanchit, and Prarabdha and the bhoga. This article gives positive thoughts and hopes to relieve from the pains of wrong perceptions.
    My sincere Pranaam while requesting for your blessings.

    • antaryamin says:

      Thank you, ji, for your blessings. The epithet “Swamiji” is reserved for the uniquely illustrious one whose mind and soul are dedicated singularly to God but God alone. Hence, I am disqualified.

      I thank the Almighty for His having granted me the boon to be of some service to someone, ji!

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