Reincarnation is dictated by a code called karma, and it comes in four different types — not “one size fits all”
GUEST COLUMN: ALAN ANNAND — Woody Allen famously joked, “I believe in karma and reincarnation, because nothing else explains how I could get so far behind in just one life.”
But seriously folks, a full half the world’s population believes in reincarnation, which obliges us to be reborn again and again, working on our soul’s multiple-life lessons, like some poor kid who can’t get his college degree until he passes Ethics and Morality 101.
Karma and reincarnation are linked.
According to Universal Law, every action generates consequences sooner or later. Therefore, actions in one life may carry over into consequences in subsequent lives, creating conditions of happiness or sorrow for reasons we don’t understand.
Karma is pretty complicated, which is why Mahatma Gandhi said, “After inventing karma, God was finally able to retire.”
And because God wasn’t satisfied with just a “one-size-fits-all” karma, He actually came up with four different models.
The Four Types of Karma
Sanchita karma is “accumulated”, like an eternal biography in which all of your actions in all of your lives are recorded for posterity. If you were Cleopatra in a previous life, it is etched in energetic stone. If you were naughty or nice, it’s been noted.
Prarabdha karma is “ripened”, like fruit on a tree that falls when it’s ready to be eaten. If your accumulated karma is a full deck of cards, your ripened karma is the hand you’re dealt, and to play as best you can in this game of life.
Agama karma is “thought”, whether you act on it or not. Although it’s a grey area, even the Bible agrees with this notion that it’s almost as bad to, say, commit adultery in your mind.
Kriyamana karma is “action”, the exercise of your free will. Perform good or bad deeds, chances are you’ll be rewarded appropriately. If it happens in this life, we jokingly call it instant-karma!
How does karma affect love relationships?
Some people’s karma is “fixed,” and no matter how much they try, they’re stuck with it. On the other hand, some karma is “flexible”, and if people exercise sufficient free will in performing right actions, they can rise above it.
For example, in relationships, one person’s karma may be for long-term marital bliss, while a second person’s karma may be for a series of loveless affairs.
If both circumstances arise from “fixed” karma, where the intensity of their past-life is powerful, pleasurable or painful scenarios may be destined to play out, no matter what the person does. One remains happily married, the other unhappily single.
In a third situation, however, the person’s “unfixed” karma may promise both a love relationship and multiple partners.
For example, one could enjoy the love of one’s life, and then screw it up by having affairs with other partners. Conversely, one could overcome a sex addiction and find happiness in a monogamous relationship. With this kind of karma, the person’s free will is a force that can shift the balance toward one outcome versus another.
Your astrological birth chart provides a map of your current life’s karma, which is why astrology is considered a divine science.
But it takes training, experience and judgment to assess the balance between fate and free will, which is why the practice of astrology is considered a divine art.
Alan Annand is an astrologer with 28 years experience, professionally trained and certified in both western and Vedic (Hindu) astrology. He is also a palmist and the author of five novels, which you can check out on his website.
Alan’s last column for Soul’s Code was: What is your dosha?
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