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Region 6 - i2I workshop

The workshop on May 19th consisted of a variety of topics, including Parusha, Prakrthi, Darma, Karma, discrimination, Parama Athama and how they all work together.

Purusha is the Soul (Also known as Athma, Ishwara, Spirit) and Prakrthi is the basic nature of intelligence by which the universe exists and functions.

Prakrthi to put tangibly consists of all of the following: perception, the mind, the physical body (arms, legs etc), the physiological forces (i.e. breath), actions, the will to act.

Purusha is where Truth lives hence is called Sathya, whereas Prakrthi is where falsehood can cultivate and reside, hence its existence depends on something else, thus is known as mithya.

Both purusha and Prakrthi work together in giving a level of reality to the individual.
Depending on where your level of reality comes from, either from Truth or from the mind then the WAY you live your life and your behaviours will all be affected, as your outward actions will be driven from either of these sources.

The “Will to Act” is generally governed by the law of Dharma (right Conduct) and Adharma (Misconduct, opposite of Dharma)
In general all actions are unimportant unless derived from Dharma, as the action performed is from the spirit, hence is from purity and nowhere else.
The law of Dharma comes from the Soul and hence man’s choice to carry out his “Will to ACT” can be actioned in three ways.
1. Action,
2. Not Action or
3. Action Differently.

Dharmic action means Right (correct) action, this action is inborn, hence comes from “the spirit.” The concept of Good/Bad action is actually a judgment on an action and is not from “within/the spirit”, but is from the “mind/Ego”.

The question that arises from here is How do you know which action to perform in a given situation? This is where discrimination comes in. Discrimination is defined as recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.

Hence, in this case, difference in behaviours. An individual will need to understand why they are behaving in a certain manner and what has driven them to do that. This understanding comes from understanding your own self, and your behaviours in different circumstances. Generally in life CHALLENGES will always arise but the REACTIONS to them is the problem; the reaction is the actual behaviours and actions carried out.

Attached to all actions are consequences, Karma & Karma Pala.
Karma is incurred when actually doing the action whereas Karma pala is the fruit of the action. The meaning of “doing the action” is to create the karma. The creation is done through thoughts, speech and behaviours. These will in turn affect our present reality and our future. The affect on the present reality is the behaviours, thoughts, speeches when CHALLENGES arise and the affect on the future is the reaction to it. The influence of karma carries over from one lifetime to the next, remaining through death and rebirth. The law of karma accounts for the circumstances of one’s birth, one’s individual nature and the differences among all living beings and their environments. Good karma, then, means actions born from good intentions, kindness and compassion and bad karma arises from greed, jealousy, hatred etc, impure thoughts.

How this all works together is as follows; Truth overpowers falsehood. Hence, if Truth is what an individual live’s by, then there will always be “peace of mind,” as the actions are governed by dharma which is driven from the spirit/purity. When the individual performs an act, and the reason why one is performing the action is risen from “within” and not from elsewhere, the individual cannot incur any karamic consequences for the future and lives a more fluid life that is in the moment and transitions forward smoothly towards light (bliss).

In simple English; You have fewer problems and enjoy life more!!!!

Jai Sai Ram
Gita Pathmanathan
Region 2