I woke this morning in meditation. There is a call for a retreat in March that I have been planning. After the blessing of light, I came to my desk and saw the Sacred India Tarot that has been lying here, ready for a day when I would begin its journey.
It called to me and I shuffled and picked a card from the middle of the deck.
The blessings of auspicious beginnings to you.
Rohit Arya, creator of Sacred India Tarot deck wrote that the Karma related to this card, is Prarabdha (begun, commenced, undertaken) and Purushartha ( human effort or exertion)
Its quality is Dridha , i.e. fixed, intense, strong.
Swami Sivananda described these karmas beautifully “Tarkash (quiver), the case in which arrows are accumulated represents or Sanchita Karmas; the arrow that is ready for shooting represents our Agami Karma and the arrow which has left the bow, which cannot return and which must hit the target represents Prarabdha Karma.”
Prarabdha karma is that portion of the past karma which is responsible for the present body or incarnation.
Prarabdha is only Purushartha of previous birth.
What is destiny after all? It is one’s own make-up. You have created certain things. You can destroy them or undo things also. .. You have got a particular way of writing in a vertical manner. This is Prarabdha. You can change that writing into a slanting way. This is Purushartha.
You sow an action and reap a tendency. You sow a tendency and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap your character. You sow your character and reap your destiny. Therefore destiny is of your own creation. If you change your habits, you can become master of your destiny.
God never punishes nor gives rewards. He is not sitting with a rod to chastise people. Life is governed by fundamental divine laws. The law operates and man reaps the fruits of his actions.
The study of karma is lifelong. Its effect transcends our lifetimes. In order to enter this wonder world of seeming matter, the formless Spirit emerges as particles of light that playfully and with purpose, grasp karmic patterns in order to inhabit and co-create our wonderful human bodies. I envisioned life as the water-vapor-like soul binding to dust-motes-like karmas in order to fall as rain or take (re)birth in this life. Somewhere in there as well, there is free will and destiny, lovingly spiraling around one another.
Maybe one of my artist friends have shown this with their divine art?
Here is one…
In loving light
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