Is there a way out of your Karma?
Karma. It just is like gravity, it is. It is neither bad nor good.
In yoga the first step is the yamas and niyamas. They are ways of being internally and externally basically. They are what changes our dealings with karma by starting to change our creation of bad karma.
The ten traditional yamas are:
Ahimsa(अहिंसा): Nonviolence. Abstinence from injury that arises out of love for all, harmlessness, the not causing of pain to any living creature in thought, word, or deed at any time. This and Satya (सत्य) are the “main” yama. The other eight are there in support of its accomplishment.
Satya (सत्य): truthfulness, word and thought in conformity with the facts, honesty.
Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing, non-coveting, non-entering into debt.
Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): being constantly aware of the universe, immersed in divinity, divine conduct, continence, celibate when single, faithfulness when married.
Kshama (क्षमा): patience, releasing time, functioning in the now.
Driti (धृति): steadfastness, overcoming non-perseverance, fear, and indecision; seeing each task through to completion.
Daya(दया): compassion; conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings.
Arjava (अर्जव): honesty, straightforwardness, renouncing deception and wrongdoing.
Mithara(मितहार): moderate appetite, neither eating too much nor too little; nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs.
Shaucha (शौच): purity, avoidance of impurity in body, mind and speech
The ten traditional Niyamas are:
Hri: remorse, being modest and showing shame for misdeeds;
Santosha: contentment; being satisfied with the resources at hand – therefore not desiring more;
Dana: giving, without thought of reward;
Astikya: faith, believing firmly in the teacher, the teachings and the path to enlightenment;
Ishvarapujana: worship of the Lord, the cultivation of devotion through daily worship and meditation, the return to the source;
Siddantha Sharava: scriptural listening, studying the teachings and listening to the wise of one’s lineage;
Mati: cognition, developing a spiritual will and intellect with the guru’s guidance;
Vrata: sacred vows, fulfilling religious vows, rules and observances faithfully;
Japa: recitation, chanting mantras daily;
Tapas: the endurance of the opposites; hunger and fullness, thirsty and quenched, hot and cold, standing and sitting etc.
This is the way to change your karma. Just by living it.
Karma is of 4 types:
1. Latent Karma. Those seeds and causes which are yet undeveloped and inactive and must work out to fruition in some part of the present or subsequent lives.
2. Active Karma. Those seeds or causes which are in process of fruition and for which the present life is intended to provide the needed soil for the flowering forth.
3. New Karma. Those seeds or causes which are being produced in this life, and which must inevitably govern the circumstances of some future life.
We have to live thru our latent and and active karma. There is no way out of it. Except in jyotish, vedic astrology, there are ways of remedying karma with gems, mantras, etc… based upon someones chart. It only makes things better and not rectifying because your karma is your karma. This is an arduous practice that most people in the west won’t follow thru on. They have rituals that have to be done properly.
No guru is gonna take away your karma. it is yours to live. Any that says they will is a false guru. They would not take your stuff away for you. this is not how it works.
The other way to change your karma is to have a different perspective on it. It is lessons. Like in jyotish, a malific planet is what teaches us. they are looked at as bad by most people. this is only because we want life to be happy all the time and don’t want suffering. the benefic planets bring about good stuff mostly. We all want perfect charts and want to be a celebrity in a past life. It is not that way. This is ignorance.