Karma and Destiny: The Intersection of Free Will and Fate

In video games, How you collect coins in the same way you are supposed to collect, good karma.

Now, good karma definitely happens when you are kind, when you’re a pure person, when you’re honest. There are quicker ways to collect good karma, and those quicker ways are all these spiritual practices.

The Karma!

Which in Islam is deeper namaz. In Christianity, it would be deeper prayers. And in Hinduism, it’s deeper meditations. Deeper sadhanas, as they call it, which are disciplines. And if you collect a lot of it, you progress down that karmic path or it rather say up that karmic path, up to a certain point where you cross a threshold, and after that threshold is where you’ve got Nirvana or Moksha.

Now, Hinduism is all about climbing up that ladder. All forms of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, even Sikhism, are about climbing up that ladder in Karma. Any Indian religion. Hinduism Karma, also says that you can choose your method to climb. 

So you can walk up the ladder, you can run up the ladder, or you can sprint up the ladder, and the sprinting happens through things like Tantra.

These practices, these theories, these disciplines, these kinds of meditations, are much quicker in Karma. So, it kind of just shed light on this whole concept of birth and death for me.

Apparently, I’m 21. Definitely my material life is building itself up Karma. I’m also a creative professional and I strongly believe that creativity is never your own. It’s given to you. And you pull it out of a higher level on Karma.

I believe some creativity is your own in terms of when you’re throwing it out the door.

But when you’re in a state of flow Karma, and you’re writing something and you don’t know how these words and thoughts are coming out of you, that’s not your own.

Again, whatever you write, whatever you create, it comes from some kind of an influence of what you have seen, what you have learned in your life, what you have picked up from your experience, from the knowledge you have.

It’s very difficult to create unless you don’t know about it, what you’re creating. So, if somebody is doing something out of the box and you are saying it’s original, then that’s really magical Karma, because there is nothing that’s original, at least not in the time that we are existing. 

History and culture of Bhutas.

An archaeologist from Goa, and she says that she’s even seen things like that in her village. And it was a very deep experience. That they’ve shown the movie. And this is present all over the western coastal line, where deities possess people and then become messengers from higher realms.

In Kerala, we call them Velichappadu.It’s an oracle.

You’ve got Theyyams. You’ve got Bhutas. So Kantara, basically, it’s based on Bhuta Kola and the Bhuta. Bhuta is not a ghost. The moment I say Bhuta Kola somewhere, people suddenly relate it with ghosts. Oh, are these ghosts? Are these demons? 

No, no, no they are not.

So, my ancestors, they come from the South Canara region, Udupi, Mangalore.

This region And this place is full of such Bhutas. And people still worship these Bhutas. Just like people in Kerala worship serpents, right? So Bhutas are nothing but spirits. 

It could be the spirits of heroes, of warriors. It could be an animal, like Panjurli Bhuta. So in ancient times, farmers used to, I mean, their crops were destroyed by boars, wild pigs. What do you call it? I mean, you call them Varaha. I mean, that’s the avatar of Vishnu. 

Karma,Varaha Avtar
Varaha Avtar

That’s the wild boar with a horn and all. They would come and destroy these crops. And these poor farmers, they had no other option but to start praying to a deity, which is like a king of these boars. So that’s how they started praying and giving, you know, offering things and all those things to protect them from these boars so that these boars won’t come and destroy the crops. That’s how this concept of Panjurli Bhuta was born.

Again, this is something that somebody has said. We don’t know how it originated, but Panjurli Bhuta is what you see in Kantara and people there worship that. 

Panjurli Bhuta

And the spirit is said to come inside the body of this medium. That person is a medium who is going to dance. The Kola is a dance. Bhuta is the spirit. It’s not a ghost. It’s this forest spirit. 

It could be the spirit of a warrior. So, there are other Bhutas. Like, there’s a Bhuta called  Satya Devata. And we as South Canara people, we kind of give a lot of respect. 

I won’t take the name of a Bhuta wearing a slipper. That’s the kind of respect people from that region give. 

So, there is Satya Devata. It’s like the name suggests, it’s a spirit of truth. But often people forget to worship these Bhutas or deities. What Satya Devata does is suddenly, out of the blue, when everything is happening in the family, everything is alright, perfect. Someone will lose some kind of an ornament and you’ll try to find it everywhere. You won’t find it and at that moment, somebody will say, like a grandmother or some, the older generation people, they will remind you, you forgot Satya Devata. Go and light a lamp for Satya Devata. Do namaskara and come.

And the moment you do it, you’ll find the jewellery maybe in the pocket or beside the bedside. And people say, they claim that they had searched for it there before worshipping Satya Devata, but they couldn’t find it. 

Just one simple namaskar, and it’s there. So, these are the beliefs that those people have. Those people mean, we also have that. 

I was brought up in the city, away from all this. So, for me, it’s very difficult to take that leap of faith. But I still believe in all those things. I still get goosebumps when I listen to stories.

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