I have seen people talk about poorvajanma punya and that we should do good deeds so that the good karma helps our future generations like our children, grand children, etc. The present generation also thinks about how they are better off due to the good deeds done by their father, grand father, ancestors, etc. But, is this entirely correct? If so, then why one sibling in a family does extremely well, while another just the opposite? If the good deeds of the ancestors are rewarded, then why not all the members of the family enjoy the fruits and why should only some or one of the siblings in the same family suffer? Or, is it more to it than meets the eye? Well, I find that the answer lies in the Bhagvad Gita.
Regarding Rebirth: Verse 22 of Chapter-2 of the Bhagvad Gita:
वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि ।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा- न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही ॥
vasansi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grihnati naro ‘parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirna nyanyani samyati navani dehi
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
As a person sheds worn-out garments and wears new ones, likewise, at the time of death, the soul casts off its worn-out body and enters a new one.
With regard to the PROOF of rebirth or reincarnation, one may please go through my blog post:
Regarding action/karma: Verse 12 of Chapter-18 of the Bhagvad Gita:
अनिष्टमिष्टं मिश्रं च त्रिविधं कर्मण: फलम् |
भवत्यत्यागिनां प्रेत्य न तु सन्न्यासिनां क्वचित् ||
anishtam ishtam mishram cha tri-vidham karmanah phalam
bhavathi atyaginam pretya na tu sanyasinam kvachit
Actions-Unpleasant, pleasant & mixed, three-fold fruits of actions accrue to those who are attached to personal rewards after death; but not for the renouncers of actions ever!
The three-fold fruits of actions—pleasant, unpleasant, and mixed—accrue even after death to those who are attached to personal reward. But, for those who renounce the fruits of their actions, there are no such consequences.
From the above verses of Bhagvad Gita, can we not safely assume that only the individual himself is responsible for his actions – whether good or bad!
One more point I would like to mention is that, we should also understand that an individual is born and living in his circumstances according to his own frequency i.e. the frequency which he himself chose to be in – “Thathvamasee”/ தத்வமஸீ/ തത്വമസി/ तत्वमसि. Now that I had asked a question and also exhibited a part of the reason(yes, it is only a part), let me add another aspect to this issue i.e. Vastu. In vastu, each member (male/female & also the hierarchy) of a family is not only governed by specific directions, but also a combination of directions of the house in which they reside/ possess, and their correctness/ defect has its own effects on them. So, now my lucky ones who had read this, could you decipher yet another secret of this universe 🙂 My Best Wishes!
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