In Ayurveda “pragya-aparadh” or “an offense of intellect” is the root of all ailments. This happens when we ignore our inner wisdom or guidance.
Though, we might not be aware of it at the time, or choose to ignore or even feel it is unimportant to be responsible for our karmic indiscretions, these choices conscious or unconscious, small or big become “karma-bija” or karmic seeds.
Every wisdom indiscretion is an indiscretion against the universal consciousness and one universal soul, against ourselves. That is why even saying a harsh word to another, first feels bad in our own heart before it goes on to hurt another. Our soul feels the equally, plus it is aware of the consequences, though momentarily, our ego may feel satisfied for having taken our revenge.
Thus this drama of give and take plays out its own course over lifetimes. No one gets away with anything. Our soul the witness also becomes the repository of all our karmas. In time, our soul carried forward these seeds from one lifetime to another. Upon fruition these seeds become “karma-phala”, fruits of karma. Showing up in our future lives as ailments, chaos, traumas and even broken relationships – lessons waiting to learn, habits unlearned.
As the Katha Upanishad puts it, so eloquently, the choice always is between preferable and pleasurable choices. Those who stay alert and make the former choice, find salvation.
May our every subsequent choice, thoughts, words or action be in alignment with our soul, our inner wisdom, thus adding harmony to our life, and those around us. May we choose to listen to our inner guidance and follow it. This moment on.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Viktor Frankl