Benefits of spiritual practice
Destiny and the rule of give-and-take
Many events in our lives are destined beginning with our birth and the family that we are born into. One is born into a family where conditions are conducive to undergo one’s destiny and where one has a significant give-and-take account with each member of his or her family.
According to the law of karma, every positive deed generates a "merit" while every negative deed generates a "demerit" or a sin. Subsequently one has to reap the results of one’s actions. Whenever one does a good deed for another, this is bound to result in a positive return (in the form of some happiness), and this is apart from a simple "Thank you" from that person! Whenever one inflicts harm, this is bound to result in a negative return (in the form of some sorrow). It cannot be undone by a simple "Sorry"!
The law of karma is infallible. It is something like Newton’s third law of motion, which states that, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction".
Throughout our lives we are either settling an old account or creating a new one. If the account cannot be settled in this birth it is carried over to the next birth. We are not consciously aware of the give-and-take accounts generated in our previous births.
Also, the status of the relationship and the sex of the individual may change with subsequent births. So a father of a person in one birth can be born as a daughter of the same individual in the next birth.
The following are some examples of how accounts are created and settled as one’s destiny. It also gives an understanding of how spiritual practice can nullify the effects of destiny:
According to the science of Spirituality, most of our family members are people with whom we have positive or negative accounts from previous births. The reason for this is that one has to be in the proximity of the other person with whom one has karma in order to experience either pleasure or pain.
In understanding the law of karma, we can see how Spirituality can be useful to even those of us who have absolutely no spiritual aspirations and who only wish to be immersed in worldly pursuits. Even for those worldly relations to be fruitful they need to be insulated from destiny.