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Q & A: By helping sufferers aren't we impairing God's Karma plans?
 
Thank you for replying with your valuable answer. I read about your article concerning Karma and its cycle and how God is not involved in it. But when a person comes across another person who might be Poverty-stricken or may be maimed or suffering from any sort of pain or agony either mental or physical, it is the said persons Karma. But if the observant out of sheer mercy and sensitivity tries to help the said person then is he not infringing in the cycle of Karma? Because, as it is said that everyone reaps his or her deeds and thus by helping the sufferers aren't we impairing God's plans?

Amodini (Name changed), USA

Here are my thoughts:

There are two important things the way Cosmic law (or Law of Nature of Law of Karma) works.

1) God provides absolute (100%) freedom for us to perform our actions.
2) Every action (good or bad) brings its fruit in the future.

God provides absolute (100%) freedom for us to perform our actions:

100% freedom means God wants us to perform actions. At the same time God never interferes in what we do (there are some exceptions though). This means God will never stop anyone from performing any action – whether it is good or bad. God will never stop a criminal form murdering an innocent. Also, God will never stop a person who is helping others.

The result (success) of those actions will entirely depend on the Prarabdha of the recipient of the actions. The fruit to the person who is being killed or being helped will depend on his own Prarabdha Karma: Meaning if the victim’s Prarabdha Karma (at that moment of time) is strong then even the Killer will not be able to kill him. On the other hand if fate (Prarabdha) of the person being helped is weak, he will not receive the help even when one tries to help them. The help may go waste.

You asked: By helping the sufferers aren't we impairing God's plans?

Answer: No, Not at all. We are not impairing God's plans by helping others, because God’s plans will be executed whether we take action or not. We as human beings are NOT capable of changing God’s plans. Our right is only on Karma (action) and not on the Karma-Phala (consequences of action).

So what do we do?

Our job is to do good Karmas (thought, speech and actions) using the freedom that God has given to us. The performer of good Karma WILL receive the reward or fruit in the future. When? It is entirely determined by the Divine. The time and the delivery of consequences (Karma-Phala) are controlled by the Divine.

Therefore, the result of your current action at that moment of time (of helping the individual in need of help) should be left to his Karma. He may or may not be able to use the help he is receiving. That result is entirely dependent on his Prarabdha that point of time.

Every person must do the good Karma (if they wish to have better results in the future lives). The result of that Karma (at that moment of time) may not be what they want. But as long as Karma is good it will certainly bring its reward to the doer of the Karma in the future (probably future lives). With the same logic what one is expiring in the current life (good or bad) is the fruit of the Karma performed by them in one of their past lives.

Conclusion:

If we come across a Poverty-stricken person or a maimed person or one suffering from any sort of pain or agony either mental or physical, we MUST try to help them within our limits. God wants us to help them. That is why we are brought before him that moment of time. Whether to help or not is our freedom given by the God. If we help we will receive the reward eventually.

Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that we have right only to Karma and not on the Phala (Karma-Phala will still be delivered sometime in the future).

God’s system (Law of Karma) works absolutely PERFECTLY. God does not punish or reward people based on his will and fancies. God is neither partial nor unjust. God is not responsible for the wealth of one man or the poverty of another. You suffer on account of your own actions (Prarabdha Karma). If one sows goodness, will reap goodness; if one sows evil, will reap evil, at the same time the delivery of consequences is controlled by the Divine.

This will also help Nature’s law: Karma, Rebirth, God and You

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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