Conquering Your Enemy
By Sunetra Basu
When energy finds way as love, the world manifests in all its splendor, but when this energy reverses its course, we witness destruction, misery and even extinction of life within and without. The primary reason for the opposing current is our ignorance and amnesia of who or what we originally are... our very Source of being... who were we before this birth? and who would we be after it? The solution to all problems is in the reawakening and resurrection of our sleeping memory...
We are souls that have taken birth on earth to experience and to settle karma. The world is perceived through a continuous series of stimuli that invoke responses out of us. Every time we receive a stimulus, we respond with words, gestures, action or with silent thoughts that in turn rouse feelings within. Some of these responses are positive and some negative. Depending upon our response, our opponents receive good or bad energy, which decides what emotions they go through. A negative response from us carries energies of anger, jealously, dislike, disgust, pain and insult that the other is thus exposed to. This builds bad karma for us.
On the contrary, positive responses of love, caring, compassion, empathy, sharing, selflessness, sacrifice, service, cooperation, understanding and forgiveness give the other pleasant experiences that invoke goodness in them. Such responses from us build good karma for us. Repeated responses of the same nature, good or bad, become habits or sanskars and stay with us across lives. Every individual is born with his own account of karmas and sanskars...good and bad...thus earned over several lives. The present life can either be utilized to shed the bad karma and get rid of bad sanskars, or to accumulate further karma or sanskars. Which way the soul would proceed depends upon its stage of consciousness in the journey towards self-realization that culminates in the attainment of moksha. Depending upon that it writes its own destiny before birth to work out and settle as much karma as possible, and accordingly must include hardships to experience whatever it has inflicted upon others with past negative responses to stimuli. This firsthand experience of being in the shoes of the other brings the soul face to face with its own past wrongdoings, leading to repentance and the essential dissociation from such action. That itself cleanses the dirt of the negative karma and frees the soul from the underlying bad sanskars that once caused it.
Now that we see how vital a role our hardships and sufferings play in our spiritual journey as souls, let us focus on the opposing forces that bring about these experiences...
Make believe one Suresh owed someone money to one Amit in a previous birth, and now in the present birth he must repay some way or the other, so he works very hard and supports his lazy friend, Amit who does almost nothing but just sits and eats out of his money...no one knows why Suresh continues to waste his hard earned money on Amit who takes all of it for granted, thus living in bliss. Though others look down upon him, but Amit doesn’t care and nor does Suresh, though he doesn’t know why. Life brought them together for they both needed that.
In another example, Richard had ill-treated his docile wife Mary, as long as they were together and until the poor woman died from a heart attack in her early sixties. In their following lives, Richard was reborn as a police dog that had to undergo severe training to the point of torture and finally placed under the mastership of an officer, none else than Mary reborn as a man.
An example of a third kind... An evolving soul A had accumulated a lot of bad karma through rash and unjust ways in its last human birth. Thus burdened, it was widely separated from its soul buddy B that had successfully learnt pending lessons and shed most of its bad sanskars, thus moving way ahead of its faulty soul buddy who was much burdened with karmic debts. So A needed to take rebirth soon after so as and hopefully to be able to walk the path of a very tough torturing life and thereby experience its own wrongdoings, realize mistakes and shed bad sanskars. At the end he would evolve a much purer soul, ideally in the same stage of evolution as his good old buddy B. But that is not the whole story... the love between the two is so deep and strong that B offers to take rebirth as A’s arch rival, agreeing to be subject to the former’s hatred, attack, insult, and even the ridicule of many... a life that required enduring harsh physical, mental, emotional conditions and punishments as per man-made laws. His only goal was to set the stage for his soul buddy to face challenges tough enough to wash off the latter’s karma and the associated ill sanskars. He had faith that his buddy would come out unscathed, so that beyond death, they could be together again!
...Could we tell who took the mortal form of our enemy, with our consciousness confined within a particular lifespan? We need to realize that all life is retribution...as we sow so we reap. The one in front of me is merely the face of my pain, not the cause of it. Actually, he serves as a mirror showing me what I must have been earlier, and also enabling my spiritual progress by providing suitable conditions so I can experience that which other’s experienced through me in the past. If not him, it would have been someone else, but the experience, pain or joy, would have been the same. What is important is that I realize that the game is all about me and about my energies coming back to me. So, since this is all my creation, only I can bring about a change in the pattern of events... if there is a lock in life, the key to it is with me.
Sanskars that compel us to think, speak, feel and act negatively can easily be controlled and reverted with just one conscious step... Listening to the inner consciousness at the heart, and Thinking before every response!... The time to think is not when we go through consequences, the time to think is after a stimulus and before our response to it. If response comes from a place of love, then so will it bring back in due course of time. Once we understand that all ‘bhog’ was created by our own karma, then there remains no scope to blame others for our sufferings and thus forgiveness becomes natural, spontaneous and a willful reaction to hurt and misery. If I slapped someone, then the only way to settle that karma is to endure a slap on my face and thus experience it. If I hug someone then I must be hugged by another to experience the same. Forgiving others and taking responsibility of consequences instantly opens knots of unhealed hurt, stagnation, lack of communication, misunderstanding, disgust and hatred, and makes way for acceptance, love, togetherness and inner peace... in other words, deep healing of negative energy pockets within our consciousness. When every breath nurtures love then the storm is gone, the inner conflict ceases and it is a smooth sail in the waters of bliss!
With Reiki light!