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 They killed for fun: Mind, Karma & Trigunas: How they work?
Date Sent: August 23, 2013

In this email, I am addressing the “Bored” part of the story below in the light of how “Human Mind” works in conjunction of Karma impressions in the ultimate travel of the Jiva (individual body with soul). I need to keep this discussion short. Therefore, you may find this topic disconnected at some places while jumping topics in other. Technically everything is connected. This is my effort to make sense with minimum amount of words.


Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was living in Oklahoma, USA was gunned down last Friday in a drive-by shooting while he was jogging. Police have three suspects 15, 16 & 17 years old each. One of the teens confessed to the killing and said they killed Lane at random because they were “bored” and decided to shoot Lane for “the fun of it.”

There are several angles to this story and their statement may not be true. Most probably they were building their “Resume” for getting initiated in a criminal Gang? I don’t know. For now let’s assume they were really “bored” and decided to shoot Lane for “the fun of it.” Poor kids! They were so bored that they had to kill an innocent person they did not know just “for the fun of it”.

Poor kids of current generation have access to every possible sensual object in the world. They have 1,000 channel cable TVs which they can watch 24 hours. They have Facebook, twitter & all the apps to keep them busy. They have iPads, iPods, iPhones, Tables, Wiis, Xbox and what not. Technically all these things should keep them engaged for next 100 years. Despite all this they got “Bored” and killed someone just “for the fun of it”. What a pathetic state of modern societies! What giant strides humanity has made in science and technology!

Why are these things happening? All these modern, advanced, intelligent, logically thinking, value based societies don’t have a valid answers to the issue. There are no answers if we look at these things with a short span of 100 years. And unfortunately most cannot look beyond 100 years (one lifespan).

Thousands of years old Vedanta provides the answer. [How many thousand years old? May be 10,000 or may be 32,000 years old according to Discovery channel. Yes, scientific, logical, intelligent & modern minds believe only in science and discovery channel. Hence the reference. Visit - Video: 12,000 year old Dwarka city of Lord Krishna found.]

The answer is the “Mind” and how it attaches to objects over the cycle of multiple births and deaths and “the Law of Karma”.

The mind deludes you, at every moment, at every step. It is the “Mind” and Trigunas that make you act the way you act. “Law of Karma” takes its course and produces the result of the action (which is never related to the action itself). Action and result appear to be related but they rarely are. The result you are getting today is result of past actions and the action you are doing today will produce results sometime in the future. This is the cause you see many people (criminals, politicians etc.) doing wrong actions and getting good fruits; while virtuous people doing good actions and getting bad results. In simple words, it’s a long cycle beyond 100 years. Don’t ask why. God is eternal and immortal. He does not work in our timeframe of 100 years of visibility.

Karma is like a seed, most of the times Karma does not fructify immediately after the seed is sown. We produce numerous Karmic seeds by our actions (speech and thoughts) every moment - desire, aversion, love, hatred, happiness, etc. will undoubtedly produce, a positive or negative result, sooner or later, according to the nature of the seed, if not in this life, then in some future one.

Bhagavad Gita (4-17) says: "Mysterious is the path of action (karma)" The Law of Karma is inscrutable. It is difficult to say what sort of karmas will cause cancer and whether the fruit that you enjoy now is the result of one karma or a combination of several karmas. It is difficult to tell whether the fruit that you enjoy now is from the karma in the current birth or is it from the karmas in previous births (Sanchita karma). Ripe karmas can produce fruits in the same birth under proper circumstances.

Read all about Karma here: law of Karma

Here is how human mind works (in very simple words).

Every thought is stored in the form of an image in the mind that forms an impression. Human mind (conscious and subconscious) has millions of images stored within it. Mind can pull any image anytime from conscious or sub-conscious storage. Collection of images and contact with sensual objects creates Samskara (habits). Samskara makes one act the way he acts in a particular situation. Ex someone may react with an anger while other is calm in the same situation. It happens so because of their Trigunas. Human body, mind and senses are the products or effects of the three gunas - Sattva (purity), Rajas (activity) and Tamas (inertia). The whole manifested universe is made up of the three Gunas. Modification of these Gunas constitutes all sorts of immovable and moving things. All actions are done by the Tri-gunas (qualities of nature) only. Action is seed that creates an impression that forms Triguna. Triguna is the tree. Triguna creates action that becomes fruit that carries seed of future karma cycle.

Every wrong action or crime brings its own punishment in accordance with the law of retribution. The law of causation, the law of action and reaction, the law of compensation and the law of retribution - all operate together. He who hurts another man, hurts himself first.

Remember that 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 wicked actions. You benefit on account of your good actions. There is nothing chaotic or capricious in this world. Things do not happen in this universe by accident or chance in a disorderly manner. They happen in regular succession and events follow each other in a regular order. There is a kind of definite connection between what is being done now by you and what will happen in the future. Sow always the seeds which will bring pleasant fruits and which will make you happy herein and hereafter.”

He whose mind is deluded by egoism thinks: ‘I am the doer’. This is the cause of bondage. The ignorant man identifies the Self through the force of ignorance with his mind and body. God lets him operate that way to face the consequences of his actions through multitude of births.

God interferes and protects only those who call him. Rest is taken care of by Law of Karma.

Conclusion: It’s the mind and Trigunas that generate the actions. To purify your mind - purify your thoughts, that will purify your speech, that will purify your actions, which will raise Sattva within you, that will take your life to a higher level of divinity where you will find eternal peace and happiness without pains and miseries!


“Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”


Lead Me From the Unreal To Real,
Lead Me From Darkness To Light,
Lead Me From Death To Immortality,
Aum (the universal sound of God)
Let There Be Peace - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28

Hope this email makes sense for you.

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