In this life we see so many different people;
some are prettier than others, some live longer than others, etc. What is the
cause of such imbalance? The answer to that question is effects of karmas.
Karmas are grouped into two groups; 1) Ghati (Destructive) karmas and 2) Aghati
karmas (Non- destructive). Ghati karmas obstruct the true nature of the soul
while Aghati Karmas affect only the body in which the soul resides. As long as
we have Aghati karmas, our souls will be caged in some kind of body and we will
have to experience pain, and suffering in many different forms. Only the pure
souls, Siddhas are formless and experience ultimate bliss. We should all strive
for this stage.
The Aghati Karmas are:
Vedniya (Feeling-Producing) Karma
Nam - Body-determining Karma
Gotra - Status-determining Karma
Ayushya - Age-Determining Karma
Vedniya (Feeling producing) Karma
Vedniya Karma is responsible for all the
pleasure and pain we feel. Some of the effects of Vedniya Karma are good health,
happiness, sickness, sorrow, etc.
Vedniya Karma is divided into two
Ashata (unhappiness causing) Vedniya
Shata (Happiness causing) Vedniya
Ashata Vedniya Karma is built by causing pain
to others, harassing others, killing others, causing others to worry, and by
making others miserable. Shata Vedniya Karma is built by making others happy,
helping others, giving others protection and peace, and sharing with and
Vedniya Karma can be shed by offering comfort,
kindness, help, protection, and peace to others.
When we get rid of Vedniya Karma completely
our souls attain infinite bliss. The pure soul has no disease, pain, sorrow,
boredom, or uneasiness and is ever blissful.
Nam (Body determining) Karma
Nam Karma determines what type of body the
soul will have, and what it will look like.
Nam Karma is divided into one hundred and
three sub-types. The major groups are:
Gati (Existence determining) Nam Karmas
Jatinam (Number of senses determining) Nam
Sharir (Body determining) Nam Karmas
Angopanga (Chief and parts of bodies
determining) Nam Karmas
Samhanan (Firmness of Joints determining) Nam
Samsthan (Figure determining) Nam Karmas
Bandhan (Different bodies binding) Nam Karmas
Samghatana (Different pudgals of bodies
binding) Nam Karmas
Varna (color determining) Nam Karma
Gnadha (Odor determining) Nam Karma
Ras (Taste determining) Nam Karma
Sparsha (Touch determining) Nam Karma
Anupoorvi (Direction determining) Nam Karma
Vihayogati (Movement determining) Nam Karma
Tirthankar (To be Tirthankar determining) Nam
Shubh (Pleasant result producing) Nam Karma
Ashubh (Unpleasant result producing) Nam Karma
Some effects of Nam Karma are beauty,
ugliness, good fortune, misfortune, prosperity, adversity; honor, and dishonor.
One may be born as a dev, human, bird, animal, a plant, or hellish beings on
account of Nam Karma.
On hundred and three sub-types of Nam Karma
are also grouped in two broad groups:
Shubh (good) Nam Karma.
Ashubh (bad) Nam Karma.
Shubh Karma is acquired by being kind to all
people, being gentle and helpful, maintaining good conduct, and leading a simple
life. Those who strictly follow the discipline and rules of religion earn Dev-gati
Nam karma. Those who are charitable, merciful and perform religious activities
earn Manushya Nam Karma. Those who acquire Tirthankar Nam Karma become
Tirthankars in life after next.
Ashubh karma is acquired by making fun of
people who are ugly or short or by showing off our build. Being proud of
physical beauty, power, caste, intelligence, knowledge, and wealth also build
Ashubh Nam karma. Those who cheat and deceive others earn Tiryanch Nam Karma.
Those who are violent and kill others earn
Hellish Nam Karma.
Nam Karma can be shed off by always being
kind, loving, generous, and patient and by admiring those who are beautiful and
those who are not. The observance of purity also helps to shed Ashubh Nam karma.
When we get rid of Nam Karma completely, our
souls become Arupi. In this state the soul is freed from its body and becomes
Gotra (Status determining) Karma
Gotra Karma determines your social and
economical status. There are two sub-types of Gotra Karma:
Nichcha (Lower status determining) Gotra
Uchcha (Higher status determining) Gotra
Nichcha Gotra Karma causes us to be low and
poor in society. Uchcha Gotra Karma causes us to be high, well respected and
wealthy in society.
Nichcha Gotra Karma is built by disrespecting
people, being egoistic and proud, and making fun of others. Uchcha Gotra Karma
is built by having devotion and faith in the Jain Sangh, not looking down upon
anyone, being free from pride, respecting and honoring all, and treating
everyone with love.
Gotra Karma can be shed off by being
respectful towards those who have status and also towards those who do not.
Once our Gotra Karma is shed off completely,
our souls become Agurulaghu.
Ayushya (Age Determining) Karma
Ayushya Karma decides our life span. Ayushya
karma may be shortened, but can not be prolonged. The Ayushya karma for the next
life is decided only once in each life time; specifically, when two thirds of
our current life have passed. If it is not decided during the first two thirds
then it is decided during two-thirds of remaining time. If it is still not
decided yet then again at the two thirds of remaining time and so on or at the
time of death. Ayushya karma will not be acquired if the soul is going to be
liberated in the current life. There are four sub-types of Ayushya Karma:
Narak (Infernal) Ayushya Karma
Tiryancha (Animal) Ayushya Karma
Manushya (Human) Ayushya Karma
Dev (Celestial) Ayushya Karma
Depending upon its effects, some may live
short or others may live longer.
Ayushya Karma is built by engaging in violent
activities and taking the lives of others.
Ayushya Karma can be shed off by showing
compassion towards everybody.
Once all of our Ayushya Karma has been shed
off completely, our souls attain Akshaysthiti. In this state the soul becomes
immortal and is never reborn.