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A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the conseque A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the consequences of our own actions. In reality, karma has nothing to do with reward and punishment. Karma simply means action: your action, your responsibility. It isn't some external system of crime and punishment, but an internal cycle generated by you. Accumulation of karma is determined only by your intention and the way you respond to what is happening to you. Over time, it's possible to become ensnared by your own unconscious patterns of behavior. In Karma, Sadhguru seeks to put you back in the driver's seat, turning you from a terror-struck passenger to a confident driver navigating the course of your own destiny. By living consciously and fully inhabiting each moment, you can free yourself from the cycle. Karma is an exploration and a manual, restoring our understanding of karma to its original potential for freedom and empowerment instead of a source of entanglement. Through Sadhguru's teachings, you will learn how to live intelligently and joyfully in a challenging world.


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A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the conseque A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the consequences of our own actions. In reality, karma has nothing to do with reward and punishment. Karma simply means action: your action, your responsibility. It isn't some external system of crime and punishment, but an internal cycle generated by you. Accumulation of karma is determined only by your intention and the way you respond to what is happening to you. Over time, it's possible to become ensnared by your own unconscious patterns of behavior. In Karma, Sadhguru seeks to put you back in the driver's seat, turning you from a terror-struck passenger to a confident driver navigating the course of your own destiny. By living consciously and fully inhabiting each moment, you can free yourself from the cycle. Karma is an exploration and a manual, restoring our understanding of karma to its original potential for freedom and empowerment instead of a source of entanglement. Through Sadhguru's teachings, you will learn how to live intelligently and joyfully in a challenging world.

30 review for Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Wilson

    Reading an advance copy of Sadhguru’s “Karma” book was a profound experience. It brought back glimpses I have had of the unknowable and unexplainable, and finally gave them meaning and context. In the book Sadhguru describes karma as a vast library of past, present, and future events – a place he said he often ventures into for answers to life’s most complex questions. So many times, I’ve seen someone ask Sadhguru a question, and then he glances away and closes his eyes for a split second, and Reading an advance copy of Sadhguru’s “Karma” book was a profound experience. It brought back glimpses I have had of the unknowable and unexplainable, and finally gave them meaning and context. In the book Sadhguru describes karma as a vast library of past, present, and future events – a place he said he often ventures into for answers to life’s most complex questions. So many times, I’ve seen someone ask Sadhguru a question, and then he glances away and closes his eyes for a split second, and then returns with the perfect answer. Sadhguru has explained in “Karma” how we are creating new additions for the karmic library, and how we can gain more control over the direction our lives are taking. It becomes clear when reading this book why Sadhguru stresses responsibility and awareness in Inner Engineering, and the inevitability of the moment – because of each of us are creating our lives using a karmic pattern that everyone who has ever lived on this planet has contributed to. How did we get to where we are now in life? Where is it going next? Why does the groupthink of society seem to be going in the wrong direction? All of the answers are in this karmic library of experiences, memory, and potential futures. So, what can we do to change it with the small hands, head, and heart that we have? That is the essence of why I was first moved by Sadhguru. Working together, we might be able to help the world change course. I think Sadhguru’s book, “Karma,” could be the first step in that direction for many people who have not yet experienced what we have as Isha meditators. It provides answers to so many deep questions. That’s why I highly recommend getting a copy of this book, reading it for yourself, and then sharing it with your friends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arvind Benegal

    Karma means Action. Your life is your Karma. It is entirely your doing! With these simple yet profound truths, Sadhguru delves into exploring the mechanics of this oft misunderstood and maligned word. It leaves the reader with said truths prevailing and shining through this riveting and utterly absorbing user manual, which most of humanity has unfortunately long ignored to pay attention to. The book aims to completely upend the conventional misinterpretation of the term Karma, and succeeds brillia Karma means Action. Your life is your Karma. It is entirely your doing! With these simple yet profound truths, Sadhguru delves into exploring the mechanics of this oft misunderstood and maligned word. It leaves the reader with said truths prevailing and shining through this riveting and utterly absorbing user manual, which most of humanity has unfortunately long ignored to pay attention to. The book aims to completely upend the conventional misinterpretation of the term Karma, and succeeds brilliantly by providing utmost clarity about what it really is! What becomes clear through the entirety of this wonderfully crafted manual is that Karma is the most dynamic way to exist, and brings to fore our own limitations in dealing with it head on. Karma is an elaborate and sophisticated mechanism, but we simply don’t have a grip on it, primarily because we haven’t taken charge of our life and faculties! Even when one is not doing anything in particular, one’s body, mind, emotions and energy are all in action. These four actions of Karma are happening every moment of one’s life - in wakefulness and in sleep. The real question is how much of it has been conducted consciously, and how much is purely accidental? With his inimitable wit and wisdom, Sadhguru demystifies this complex subject into a practical guide, enabling and empowering one to craft one’s own destiny.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trent

    Reading “Karma” was a profound journey of realizing just how little I actually understood about karma. As I came to terms with all the falsehoods I’ve held about this term, I began to understand that karma offers the possibility of living in a conscious and inclusive manner. “Karma” illustrated the immense agency I have in moving from habitual and compulsive patterns to action that is discerning and conducive for my growth. I have found its insights trickling into my daily routine and activities Reading “Karma” was a profound journey of realizing just how little I actually understood about karma. As I came to terms with all the falsehoods I’ve held about this term, I began to understand that karma offers the possibility of living in a conscious and inclusive manner. “Karma” illustrated the immense agency I have in moving from habitual and compulsive patterns to action that is discerning and conducive for my growth. I have found its insights trickling into my daily routine and activities -- continuous reminders that my life is my making. I no longer see karma as a bondage or punishment system; rather, I experience it as a pathway to a liberated life. Beyond all the lessons learned, what stood out most to me was Sadhguru’s emphasis on the miracle of being human: we have the potential to live in absolute freedom, crafting an enduring experience of joy, bliss and peace. I feel inspired to work upon myself and see my life as an intentional expression of my happiness -- no longer a pursuit of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kushagra Singh

    A book cannot contain Karma as a concept and its intricacies; Karma is an experience that dawns upon a seeker in time. Sadhguru isn’t trying to explain intricate philosophies as well via the book. Through the book, he espouses a way of living that no matter what kind of action you perform, you can make it joyful for you. What I most admire and resonate with Sadhguru is how he treats karma as a matter of taking responsibility. Without getting into endless debates on how, what, when, why (although A book cannot contain Karma as a concept and its intricacies; Karma is an experience that dawns upon a seeker in time. Sadhguru isn’t trying to explain intricate philosophies as well via the book. Through the book, he espouses a way of living that no matter what kind of action you perform, you can make it joyful for you. What I most admire and resonate with Sadhguru is how he treats karma as a matter of taking responsibility. Without getting into endless debates on how, what, when, why (although such themes are addressed to an extent), the reader is encouraged to take stock of what is and try and make something good from it for themselves and the world around them. The long time followers of Sadhguru’s work will not find any new content as such. Much of the book’s content has already been disseminated in Inner Engineering programs, the Inner Engineering book etc. However, the book is a nice reinforcement of the good ideas accumulated from the programs and is a page turner. Everyone will enjoy the book as well written, easily understood (at least on gross level) and comes handy with nice exercises (Sadhna) one can try and experiment by themselves. A pleasant read. 😊

  5. 5 out of 5

    Niv

    For most of us, karma is what we want it to be. It's the amorphous benevolent force that rewards us for our charity and punishes us for our crimes. We believe that it is a system that gives us what we deserve, whatever we deserve, based on how good or bad of a person we've been. While this idea may bring a certain kind of solace, it's clear to most that it isn't a true reflection of how life works. "Bad" things happen to "good" people, and vice versa. If karma as we know it exists, then how can For most of us, karma is what we want it to be. It's the amorphous benevolent force that rewards us for our charity and punishes us for our crimes. We believe that it is a system that gives us what we deserve, whatever we deserve, based on how good or bad of a person we've been. While this idea may bring a certain kind of solace, it's clear to most that it isn't a true reflection of how life works. "Bad" things happen to "good" people, and vice versa. If karma as we know it exists, then how can we explain the fact that our world is rife with injustices? The answer is that karma as we know it is not karma as it is. In Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny, Sadhguru dismantles our misconceptions surrounding the concept and offers a detailed explanation of exactly what karma is and how it operates in our lives. However, this book isn't a simple how-to manual; it does not dictate how you should live your life. It is a book that calls for self-evaluation. It calls for us to ask ourselves: what does it look like to consciously live life? Regardless of whether or not you connect to the mystical aspects this book, it is chock full of useful nuggets that you can carry into everyday life. It's also quite an entertaining read if you enjoy fables, as Sadhguru uses many stories to help illustrate his points. Spiritually, it's the kind of book that evolves with you and calls forth a deeper level of introspection each time you read it. I personally foresee myself returning back to this book time and time again. Thanks to Goodreads and Harmony Books for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina Shah

    Sadhguru has written a masterpiece, a beautiful one-of-a-kind book on what it means to be a human being and what we can do right now. Karma is a trip! For a long time, I thought that the point of life was to get good karma to have a pleasant life. It turns out karma is not what I thought it was. It's not something to get ahead of. Instead, it is an absolute miracle worth exploring. Read this book if you want to be amazed, empowered, and want an action plan for life. Sadhguru has written a masterpiece, a beautiful one-of-a-kind book on what it means to be a human being and what we can do right now. Karma is a trip! For a long time, I thought that the point of life was to get good karma to have a pleasant life. It turns out karma is not what I thought it was. It's not something to get ahead of. Instead, it is an absolute miracle worth exploring. Read this book if you want to be amazed, empowered, and want an action plan for life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Manuela M.

    I can remember hearing the word Karma since I was in grammar school. Everyone was using it especially when they thought something unfortunate happened to someone they would immediately say, “Oh it’s their karma.” I was reluctant to buy into that explanation for the events that play out in someone’s life-whether good or bad. That always felt like a trap or a blanket to hide under. But I was not able to find anything new on the subject although I read a lot of books and attended several lectures th I can remember hearing the word Karma since I was in grammar school. Everyone was using it especially when they thought something unfortunate happened to someone they would immediately say, “Oh it’s their karma.” I was reluctant to buy into that explanation for the events that play out in someone’s life-whether good or bad. That always felt like a trap or a blanket to hide under. But I was not able to find anything new on the subject although I read a lot of books and attended several lectures through the years. I wanted a better understanding of the concept and how one could use it to work on oneself and progress on the spiritual path. And now finally here it is. This book takes you from a basic premise to a vivid explanation with some practices (sadhana) as well. It offers opportunities for self-reflection and verification. Best of all it offers a way to be renewed and fresh each day! – now that’s freedom!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ronan Colfer

    I am currently reading this book by Sadhguru and so far it is a really wonderful and insightful read. I'm already learning a lot about what karma is and isn't, and I find it a difficult book to put down as the content that Sadhguru is bringing to light is just so deep and profound in my opinion, yet it is delivered in such a clear way, as well as with lots of humor as there are many Shankaran Pillai anecdotes so far. I am very excited to continue reading this great book and to find out more abou I am currently reading this book by Sadhguru and so far it is a really wonderful and insightful read. I'm already learning a lot about what karma is and isn't, and I find it a difficult book to put down as the content that Sadhguru is bringing to light is just so deep and profound in my opinion, yet it is delivered in such a clear way, as well as with lots of humor as there are many Shankaran Pillai anecdotes so far. I am very excited to continue reading this great book and to find out more about how karma affects my life and how I can use it to live a life I truly want and not one based on compulsive cyclical tendencies

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ahselhs

    Book about KARMA! That too by SADHGURU!!!! OMG! Karm Yog book by Swami Vivekanand had always been a gem of my life, I reread that book every year. And now knowing that I'll get to read more about it from Sadhguru's perspective is just ❤ Book about KARMA! That too by SADHGURU!!!! OMG! Karm Yog book by Swami Vivekanand had always been a gem of my life, I reread that book every year. And now knowing that I'll get to read more about it from Sadhguru's perspective is just ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sunil Patel

    Karma - a five letter word. Karma on this thousands and thousands of books can written and still Human mind will not satisfy and still few aspects of Karma will be left to be touched next time. Such is a Complex topic of Karma!.. The moment child borns till he or she dies.. everything that happens in between .. Do you really think that there is some external force? .. if you have questions about your Destiny or about your loved one's Destiny... then This book is going to be your best guide. Divided Karma - a five letter word. Karma on this thousands and thousands of books can written and still Human mind will not satisfy and still few aspects of Karma will be left to be touched next time. Such is a Complex topic of Karma!.. The moment child borns till he or she dies.. everything that happens in between .. Do you really think that there is some external force? .. if you have questions about your Destiny or about your loved one's Destiny... then This book is going to be your best guide. Divided in three sections - Part 1 covers What aspect of Karma. Part 2 covers - How we can handle Karma? Part 3 covers - Questions that get raised whenever Karma topic is opened up during friends & family discussions at tea table or lunch/dinner table or whenever someone experiences good/bad result in their life. ---------------------------- I suggest you read "Inner Engineering" book by Sadhguru before reading Karma Book. And also if possible read "Death" book as well. I would strongly recommend to read atleast one or two books on Spirituality / Mind / Body etc. then and only then you will understand that "Karma" Book by Sadhguru has exceeded all benchmarks. and This book has set the new level for any author who wants to touch the topic of "Karma". ------------------------------ This Book will bring total clarity about your own tendencies or compulsive behaviours and also offers strong tools to overcome such tendencies or compulsive reactions. ------------------------------ This book help you to understand how "you" is made out of accumulations. This book hits the nail on head - to let you understand that you are just pure "LIFE". ------------------------------ "ALL Human Experience is generated from within" .... And, something that is generated from within .. who should have control over that??? ( Sadhguru ) I will leave this review with Question so that you will read book and find out yourself the "ANSWER"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Srivallabh B K

    Sadhguru's explanation in simple english makes this an easy read. However, the adhyathmic content, although less, took sometime for me to understand and digest. There were certain aspects that I still haven't understood. I really liked the fact that many concepts of 'Karma' were explained practically and I was able to draw parallel's with other learnings I have had over the years (life + book knowledge). The usual understanding of 'Karma', inheriting good karma by doing good deeds and bad karma by Sadhguru's explanation in simple english makes this an easy read. However, the adhyathmic content, although less, took sometime for me to understand and digest. There were certain aspects that I still haven't understood. I really liked the fact that many concepts of 'Karma' were explained practically and I was able to draw parallel's with other learnings I have had over the years (life + book knowledge). The usual understanding of 'Karma', inheriting good karma by doing good deeds and bad karma by doing bad deeds is completely squashed and new understanding of Karma is explained well in this book. Surprisingly after reading this book, my entrepreneurial drive has increased and I am guessing I want that off my chest in the long term! good read, recommended only for those who have already realised happiness and peace are something that comes from the inside!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nalbha

    A simple and breezy read! Sadguru has its own way of breaking down complicated subjects into easy to understand anecdotes in all his books. Karma is the inecapable basis in our lives. Without some Karma your body cannot exist. In his book, Sadhguru explores the source of entanglement and possibilities of freedom from that entanglement. His idea is to aim to enjoy the process of life and not be trapped by it. What Sadhguru offers is a way, a living process. Although, we may not be able to follow A simple and breezy read! Sadguru has its own way of breaking down complicated subjects into easy to understand anecdotes in all his books. Karma is the inecapable basis in our lives. Without some Karma your body cannot exist. In his book, Sadhguru explores the source of entanglement and possibilities of freedom from that entanglement. His idea is to aim to enjoy the process of life and not be trapped by it. What Sadhguru offers is a way, a living process. Although, we may not be able to follow his teachings in all its form, it is best learnt in the controlled environment or consecrated spaces. However, the essence can be imbibed in day to day life if we are fully receptive and open minded.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anand Dubey

    The book primary relies on spiritual arguments but also has supernatural possibilities listed which might not make sense to all. It is still worth reading if you have always wondered about things such as 1. What is Karma? 2. Why bad things happen to good people? 3. Free Will vs Destiny 4. Action - Consequence management and so on. Jaggi Vasudev takes the liberty of not writing with brevity and some portions might come across as unnecessarily long and boring. However, there is enough structure and The book primary relies on spiritual arguments but also has supernatural possibilities listed which might not make sense to all. It is still worth reading if you have always wondered about things such as 1. What is Karma? 2. Why bad things happen to good people? 3. Free Will vs Destiny 4. Action - Consequence management and so on. Jaggi Vasudev takes the liberty of not writing with brevity and some portions might come across as unnecessarily long and boring. However, there is enough structure and new concrete information to gather in. Enough real life examples to relate to.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naman Arora

    Be self-propelled. Take control of the wheel. Your life is your own making. - Some take away mantras of this book. Sadhguru's take on Karma is empowering. I loved reading this, like all his books; if you are eager, this could change your life for the better. Be self-propelled. Take control of the wheel. Your life is your own making. - Some take away mantras of this book. Sadhguru's take on Karma is empowering. I loved reading this, like all his books; if you are eager, this could change your life for the better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laxmi Duggirala

    An in-depth insight into Karma from a yogic point of view . Great read .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anu

    Powerful We keep talking about karma without hardly knowing anything about it. It clears all misconceptions and myths about Karma. An interesting self-help book full of valuable insights and gives a clear understanding of what karma is. A must-read and highly recommend. A life-changing book with enlightening sutras and sadhanas to explore and dive deep into life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lily Vreeland

    This book is an exceptional dive into the heart of what Karma is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it. This book is a must read for anyone who has wanted to make a life of their own but doesn't know where to start or how to change long embedded patterns. The accompanying Sadhana practices allow you to quickly and purposefully integrate the teachings of the book into your own life. While reading, I was amazed at both the depth to which Sadhguru offers guiding clarification of the in This book is an exceptional dive into the heart of what Karma is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it. This book is a must read for anyone who has wanted to make a life of their own but doesn't know where to start or how to change long embedded patterns. The accompanying Sadhana practices allow you to quickly and purposefully integrate the teachings of the book into your own life. While reading, I was amazed at both the depth to which Sadhguru offers guiding clarification of the inner workings of Karma, while still maintaining an accessible writing style. This book as truly helped me realize many embedded patterns and compulsions I wasn't even aware of, but also to have the responsibility to make necessary changes to let go of them. Very grateful for such a clear and detailed explanation of what Karma truly is, rather than the confusion in how the word is so often thrown around. Will definitely be revisiting this book several times over.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lu Worman

    This is unbelievable knowledge presented in a way I can comprehend. Sadhguru is answering my burning questions on every page... I am so exited !!!! I wish I found this book 30 years ago..... I finished listening to the audio book and it was fantastic. To hear Sadhguru's voice was an extra bonus on top of the incredible wisdom. Now reading paper book again, it is easier for me to go slowly, work on every Sadhana and read every Sutra many times , trying to understand, and then implement it into my This is unbelievable knowledge presented in a way I can comprehend. Sadhguru is answering my burning questions on every page... I am so exited !!!! I wish I found this book 30 years ago..... I finished listening to the audio book and it was fantastic. To hear Sadhguru's voice was an extra bonus on top of the incredible wisdom. Now reading paper book again, it is easier for me to go slowly, work on every Sadhana and read every Sutra many times , trying to understand, and then implement it into my life experience.... This book is going to be my companion for many years to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Pradhan

    Every action has consequences which may be good or bad. Good actions can have bad consequences, bad actions can have good consequences. This makes the world a highly uncertain place and it lacks the certainty of the right-wrong model. It is a different model that shaped India for centuries and this is the model that gave rise to Indian civilisation where everybody was made aware of all actions.  This is why Krishna tells Arjun that while he has complete control over his actions, he has no control Every action has consequences which may be good or bad. Good actions can have bad consequences, bad actions can have good consequences. This makes the world a highly uncertain place and it lacks the certainty of the right-wrong model. It is a different model that shaped India for centuries and this is the model that gave rise to Indian civilisation where everybody was made aware of all actions.  This is why Krishna tells Arjun that while he has complete control over his actions, he has no control over the result. The fruits of action are not in his control.  But Karma is not justice, nor is it a check list as is the modern discourse, much more complex. In nature, there is no concept of justice or forgiveness, there is only suffering. Humans, however, can compensate for suffering by demanding justice or forgiveness. Or maybe there is something else because the human mind is capable of imagining a world of karma where every event occurs because it’s supposed to occur: there is no one to blame and therefore, no one to forgive. Sadhguru gives a discourse on the complexity of Karma. He decodes the concept of karma as a karmic library, where you can do good deeds ( borrow a book ) and make good karma, you can do bad deed ( not return a book in time ) and face the consequences ( the late fee/fine ). Much like a register of good and bad deeds, he says that the ladder of karma is like a snake-ladder game, each move of yours deciding your destiny: getting eaten by the snake or rising by ladders. How did we get where we are now in life? Where is it going? Answers do lie, but as not easily digestible lectures and not flowing philosophy.  Why does the "herd mentality" of society seems to be going to the wrong direction? Does Sadhguru know enough about this to answer? Maybe. For me society's actions don't affect your own karma, you pave your own way. One learns that negative events in our lives are the outcome of our past actions. If we respond to these events, we sow fresh seeds, which lead to positive or negative outcomes. The seed and the fruit follow each other unless we step back and witness life, as sages and gods do. IF YOU'RE A FAN OF SADHGURU, I request you not to proceed from here and just walk backwards from here. Let me be very clear here. On the scale of where I stand with agreement with Sadhguru, I hate his stance on contemporary issues ( I believe his views are too puritarian and thus too conversative ) even though as a human he is free as a bird. Sadhguru though an incredible philosopher and thus an amazing author ( or maybe ideation machine ) of this book, needs to come out of murk and wash his hands out of dirt from commenting on topics he doesn't need to. Politics, women rights, menstruation, choices people make. We don't need your advice on them, thank you. You can choose to stay out of them and still be the guru you are. Period. Even inside the book, I don't think it is needed for him decide or even give discourse to people upon how to act or how to gather good karma.  No human is perfect. To be human is to err. Then how can one human be greater than the other to give advice? Aham. Aham does show the way to delusion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Piyush Laad

    The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part explores karma as a definition, in the second part sadhguru discuss possibilities of freedom from karma and in the last part he addresses questions about the subject. He simplified the complex topic of karma with relevant examples. While reading the book the line “It happened” gave me joy. Because then I know that I will be reading some interesting story/experience. Sadhana section is challenging. I learned following: 1. Karma is fundamentally about The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part explores karma as a definition, in the second part sadhguru discuss possibilities of freedom from karma and in the last part he addresses questions about the subject. He simplified the complex topic of karma with relevant examples. While reading the book the line “It happened” gave me joy. Because then I know that I will be reading some interesting story/experience. Sadhana section is challenging. I learned following: 1. Karma is fundamentally about one's own free will, it is never about external actions. It is not a system of rewards and punishments but it means actions. These actions can happen on three levels -- mind, body and energy. It gives you an invitation to look within. 2. A simple way to become aware of your vasana is to try to stay away for a length of time from that which you like, love or consider to be most precious. 3. Hesitation is the worst of all crimes. 4. Pain is useful and is a valuable wake up call. On another hand suffering is a choice. Comparison leads to suffering. 5. Memory can be differentiated into 8 dimensions — atomic, elemental, evolutionary, genetic, karmic, sensory, articulate and inarticulate. Runanubandha is a physical memory we carry within. 6. Without memory, we can't have intelligence. 7. Our body is an accumulation of elements from the earth. 8. Try to be untouched by what you do -- this is the path of achieving inner peace. 9. A spider trapped in a web of its own making is a tragedy -- this is a great lesson. In today's world, we often get busy achieving things and in this process, we lost ourselves so deep that we can not say we archived the things or things are achieved us. 10. Giving up something for something else is a trade, giving up for nothing is a sacrifice. 11. Runanubandha is inevitable and beyond a point, it can become a source of bondage. Physical memory increases enormously over the period and then it is very hard to manage. People in India evolved a gesture of namaskar for minimising such bondage. Giving a hug, hold hands and even sharing food items, we are continuously building up physical memory. 12. Most people don’t have a clue about who is driving their crazy locomotive called Life, so you must aware of this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mika Bhat

    Karma is an existential mechanism. Like the sun, it operates whether you exist or not, whether you pay obeisance to it or ignore it. It is not looking for a fan club. Note to the reader - (Paraphrasing the author's words) The book can be overwhelming at certain points but don't get disheartened, continue on. You don't have to memorise the information, you just need to go with flow, it will make sense eventually. The book, as the title reads describes Karma and its workings. A book that I looked f Karma is an existential mechanism. Like the sun, it operates whether you exist or not, whether you pay obeisance to it or ignore it. It is not looking for a fan club. Note to the reader - (Paraphrasing the author's words) The book can be overwhelming at certain points but don't get disheartened, continue on. You don't have to memorise the information, you just need to go with flow, it will make sense eventually. The book, as the title reads describes Karma and its workings. A book that I looked forward to, desiring some clarity on the arcana of karma. Surely enough, it didn't disappoint me. The author, Sadhguru, draws exclusively from his personal experiences rather than scholastic knowledge. He breaks barriers by introducing to the reader, the crux of spiritualism; which is karma & breaks it down in such a way that even the curious uninformed can truly benefit from this. Sadhguru beautifully elucidates its different facets with examples and personal anecdotes while constantly reassuring the readers not to be daunted by the amount of information. Rightly so, it does get pretty intense every now and then, owing to the subject. However, to not cede is the key here. The content and the assimilation becomes easier as you progress. In addition, he lays bare the innate nature of Karma and shatters some deep-rooted fallacies like karma being a system of reward and punishment. The book is divided into three sections, the 'what', 'how' & 'why'. Much emphasis is laid on living consciously and it goes into detail of how it aids in navigating one's karmic cycle. The 'how' feels labyrinthine, with its numerous classifications, and it takes a while to find your footing. In fact, noting things that seemed esoteric and going over it again helped me. To help the reader take a step towards this exploration, every chapter ends with a 'Sadhana', a tool to start the journey to realise the potential that karma can unravel. This is immensely helpful for both the newcomers and otherwise. Finally, the last part addresses a lot of commonly asked questions, which are answered dilligently. Sadhguru delves deep into it and covers a lot of ground. This is the most rewarding segment and a remarkable culmination to the book indeed. I wish this was available during my formative years, would have probably done away with a lot of karma :D. The book leaves you with questions and wanting more. As the author says "the book seeks to whet your appetite, not satiate it for good". This serves as a great start & a wonderful guide if you are seeking to explore the potential karma holds. To know more https://isha.sadhguru.org/in/en

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vijeyata Naidu

    “The inner journey can only be taken alone” A very important take home point for me from the book ‘Karma’ by @sadhguru was a simple fact that we are solely responsible for our Karma. The book dwells deeper into what constitutes karma. It isn’t just black and white like good or bad karma.The book has opened my eyes in terms of the way I look at life and myself. Karma is an essential life process that's continuously happening, every thought, every response, every non-response as well are adding up “The inner journey can only be taken alone” A very important take home point for me from the book ‘Karma’ by @sadhguru was a simple fact that we are solely responsible for our Karma. The book dwells deeper into what constitutes karma. It isn’t just black and white like good or bad karma.The book has opened my eyes in terms of the way I look at life and myself. Karma is an essential life process that's continuously happening, every thought, every response, every non-response as well are adding up on our karma. And why is it essential for us to dissolve our karma? To break the same cycle of suffering that we create for ourselves in this lifetime and the next ones.The book has simple exercises by the end of every chapter to help us make small changes in our lives that can have profound impact in terms of managing one's Karma. There are complex kriyas/processes that can be done to accelerate the process of dissolution of karma and there are simple basic activities like conscious deep breathing that can aid in this process too. The karmic baggage is stored in several membranes of memory in our system. We wouldn't even realize that we carry this enormous load of karmic memory of our previous lifetimes and the current one that dictates our life choices and the life we have created for ourselves. The book emphasizes the importance of emptying ourselves of these karmic memories so that we’re more available to possibilities. So that we’re no longer the same person suffering from similar issues of the past but are able to look at life with respect and gratitude.This state of mind will be a harbinger of good karma, its dissolution and ultimate liberation. After having absorbed the meaning of Karma I still struggle to put it words because it's something for an individual to understand in their personal capacity, using their own life experiences to analogize with the concepts described so very lucidly in the book. It's quite an empowering realization that one can transform themselves from a hopeless mess into a wonderful possibility. I hereby thoroughly recommend the book Karma for every spiritual seeker... #karma #book #spirituality #review

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suresh Alankar

    Sadhguru’s Karma book is a riveting read, a must for all interested in understanding how life works. Sadhguru totally shatters the myth that karma is destiny and so many other myths that have gathered around this word. He methodically, and painstakingly explains in detail how karma actually works and how it can be a source of our empowerment. He anticipates, counters and answers our unasked questions through out the book, including specific questions in the latter part of the book. He speaks fro Sadhguru’s Karma book is a riveting read, a must for all interested in understanding how life works. Sadhguru totally shatters the myth that karma is destiny and so many other myths that have gathered around this word. He methodically, and painstakingly explains in detail how karma actually works and how it can be a source of our empowerment. He anticipates, counters and answers our unasked questions through out the book, including specific questions in the latter part of the book. He speaks from a certain knowing, and his piercing logic and clarity is apparent in the precise, and sometimes brutal, honesty with which he discusses the topic. This book can be looked at as a treatise on Karma. It explores the topic intellectually and in great detail, for example, defining and classifying the different types of karma. At the same time, it is a practical guide that can be used to live one’s life consciously and joyfully. In the second part of the book, he gives specific methods and tools how one can do this and move towards liberation. In his own inimitable style, Sadhguru intersperses the discussion on Karma with deeply insightful and witty stories which drive the point home beautifully. The ultimate goal of the author is to get us started on a journey of self exploration of “freedom and discovery. “ He states, he is “ not interested in offering spiritual advice. …What I offer is a way, a living process” In many ways, I felt this is a book about how life works and how we can use the process of life to create our destiny. It is a book highly recommended for all- the novice, the intellectual, the academic, the seeker, the spiritual or simply, the curious ones.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sanjana Iyer

    I decided to read this book with no breaks, the day after a large tattoo session and amid a migraine, which proved to be imperfectly perfect conditions. The wooziness propelled me to give myself to each page and absorb all the revelations being showered upon me. The last part of the book incited a 3-hour conversation with my mom, allowing me to process all of the wisdom sprinkled in each sentence penned. Sadhguru manages to convey such a complex topic with breviloquence and without forsaking his I decided to read this book with no breaks, the day after a large tattoo session and amid a migraine, which proved to be imperfectly perfect conditions. The wooziness propelled me to give myself to each page and absorb all the revelations being showered upon me. The last part of the book incited a 3-hour conversation with my mom, allowing me to process all of the wisdom sprinkled in each sentence penned. Sadhguru manages to convey such a complex topic with breviloquence and without forsaking his signature style, all while answering the questions about karma I have always held within me. I not only feel more aware of my own shortcomings and cycles I want to break but have realized the power I once thought I had to manufacture has always been in my grasp. The life I want to live and the positive atmosphere I wish our world can be enveloped in is all possible if I simply reach out and embrace it. Karma is a work I have yearned for without realizing it, and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to access life-changing guidance at such a young age. This book is more than worth the read, and I will eagerly go back to it to learn something new every time. I am more determined than ever before to live life with the vigor I have always had and begin the ascension into a new era of transformation for us all. I am positive "Karma" will bring about a wave of conscious seekers and challenge the norm. I am beyond excited to see what else Sadhguru has in store and am happy to hitch a ride on the journey. Liberation is no longer something I chase; it is just a part of me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krashagi Saini

    This book is not a one-time read, instead, it needs to be read and re-read in order to understand the core of it. Karma has always been a heated topic with multiple theories revolving around it. Sometimes we consider Karma to be the very being of one's life. Our ancestors have also had multiple theories around Karma and therefore this book is a good read for everyone who has nursed questions over the years, such as, 'What is karma? How does it accumulate? What makes the machinery work? When did t This book is not a one-time read, instead, it needs to be read and re-read in order to understand the core of it. Karma has always been a heated topic with multiple theories revolving around it. Sometimes we consider Karma to be the very being of one's life. Our ancestors have also had multiple theories around Karma and therefore this book is a good read for everyone who has nursed questions over the years, such as, 'What is karma? How does it accumulate? What makes the machinery work? When did this whole complicated and crazy cycle begin?' This book gives an altogether different lens to watch, notice and experience, and transform our Karma. This book sheds the notion that karma is merely a balance sheet of good and bad deeds. Karma simply means 'action'. We take actions at different levels which generate karma's also at different levels namely: Mental, physical, energy, genetic and etheric. Each one of them can be altered with dedicated practice. This book outlines a series of sutras to help the reader to navigate the world of karma. This book leaves one free to choose whether they want to generate positive karma for the future, distance themselves from the karmic package, or dissolve it altogether. This book is a good read for everyone who wants to start their journey on a spiritual path and wondering where to begin from!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Gilmore

    Tour de Force from Sadhguru, maybe his best yet. For folks who come from a skeptical or scientific perspective, it's great because Sadhguru speaks to this-he says don't believe anything he says. Why read then? Try it as a working hypothesis and see whether this model captures your experience. I am only about a third through the book but already it is making me think in new ways about how I am creating recurring patterns that I did not even see as patterns before the book, much less see my role i Tour de Force from Sadhguru, maybe his best yet. For folks who come from a skeptical or scientific perspective, it's great because Sadhguru speaks to this-he says don't believe anything he says. Why read then? Try it as a working hypothesis and see whether this model captures your experience. I am only about a third through the book but already it is making me think in new ways about how I am creating recurring patterns that I did not even see as patterns before the book, much less see my role in creating them. A crucial aspect is discovering how I am getting new understandings because the book highlights assumptions made about karma, a main one being that it is about reward and punishment for good or bad actions. I think this is a mindset I imbibed unconsciously from the way spirituality or God is understood overall in American culture. The book highlights assumptions like this and offers a different premise to try and I am experiencing this as opening new possibilities for creating my life the way I want it. It's also especially worthwhile for people interested in spirituality and self-help or psychology because a unique explanation of karma that I have not heard before, so for people interested in spirituality or self-help it's really worthwhile.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine Perakis

    I had no idea, before reading Sadhguru’s Karma book, just how wrong I got it. I thought that “karma” was a system of punishments and rewards, that when misfortune happened, I was paying back a past-due debt, and good deeds were a deposit towards some future reward. Even if I handled whatever was thrown my way, I secretly believed that I didn’t really have control, and life felt like suffering – a series of judgments of good and bad, with no equanimity. In this beautiful, eye-opening book, Sadhgur I had no idea, before reading Sadhguru’s Karma book, just how wrong I got it. I thought that “karma” was a system of punishments and rewards, that when misfortune happened, I was paying back a past-due debt, and good deeds were a deposit towards some future reward. Even if I handled whatever was thrown my way, I secretly believed that I didn’t really have control, and life felt like suffering – a series of judgments of good and bad, with no equanimity. In this beautiful, eye-opening book, Sadhguru turns the tables by showing us clearly that Karma is an empowering possibility for taking charge of our lives by choosing how we respond to what is happening. This book gives us the tools and actual practices to make this shift in taking responsibility, as the first step towards our true liberation and a more conscious planet. Sadhguru challenges us to start by bringing joy and gratitude to everything we do, and eliminating a single question, “what about me?” as a necessary step to annihilate an inflated sense of self-importance to reach our true potential, as individuals and as a part of humanity. I cannot think of a more important book to share!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Faiyam Rahman

    Sadhguru has been a part of my life since late 2017 when I took his InnerEngineering course and learned Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. Since then I've learned several other practices offered by him through the Isha Foundation, and I am truly truly grateful for how profoundly they've changed my life. With this new book on Karma, Sadhguru is continuing on in his way of bringing a fresh and incisive way of expounding age old concepts. By now everyone has heard the word Karma and has some rudimentary id Sadhguru has been a part of my life since late 2017 when I took his InnerEngineering course and learned Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. Since then I've learned several other practices offered by him through the Isha Foundation, and I am truly truly grateful for how profoundly they've changed my life. With this new book on Karma, Sadhguru is continuing on in his way of bringing a fresh and incisive way of expounding age old concepts. By now everyone has heard the word Karma and has some rudimentary idea of what it means. What Sadhguru does in this book is break apart our rudimentary ideas on Karma to instead show us the deep mechanics of his this residue of all our past volition drives so much of our lives. And moreover, he gives us an intellectual foundation upon which to understand how to use this unavoidable existential mechanism to our favor. He explains the science, and then begins to point the way towards the technology that can transform karma from a source of bondage to a means for a divine existence. If you're genuinely curious to know how to take your life to the next level (and beyond), this book can do wonders for you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mahesh

    Received this copy on Apr 27th, Content in the book try to debunk the myth and distortion corrupting the meaning of "Karma". Once you reach the ending of the book, Your discretion theory of Karma will take a turn towards personal responsibility. The book is divided into three segments Firstly, it reveals the fallacy in our understanding of Karma and offers an authentic meaning. Secondly, it explores Karma yoga and the reduction of different types of karma through conscious practice. Every main t Received this copy on Apr 27th, Content in the book try to debunk the myth and distortion corrupting the meaning of "Karma". Once you reach the ending of the book, Your discretion theory of Karma will take a turn towards personal responsibility. The book is divided into three segments Firstly, it reveals the fallacy in our understanding of Karma and offers an authentic meaning. Secondly, it explores Karma yoga and the reduction of different types of karma through conscious practice. Every main topic ends with Sadhana in between to assimilate practice along with the wisdom. Lastly, books end with a question and answers related to Karma. Though Content is enlightening and profound, You might get jaded to read if you have read Sadhguru's previous book because all these topics are explored in a separate chapter of the previous books. If you need an honest answer, I have learned nothing novel here, the Sole purpose of buying this book is to contribute to the ISHA Foundation for the good fare of those in need. If you are already read Karma yoga by Vivekandad and previous books By Sadhguru, You might not be going to enjoy it entirely.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sumeet Singh Sumo

    Sadhguru in this book tries his best to explain the esoteric concept of karma rationally and he does this very successfully. In the first part he describes all the ways and mechanism in which karma operates. The second part gives tools ( sadhanas) to break this cycle of repitition in our lives which goes back to the creation of the universe. These tools can be found in all eastern traditions scriptures which are found in Geeta and Yoga vashishta, Japji Sahib by Guru Nanak ( karma yoga/ khand, bh Sadhguru in this book tries his best to explain the esoteric concept of karma rationally and he does this very successfully. In the first part he describes all the ways and mechanism in which karma operates. The second part gives tools ( sadhanas) to break this cycle of repitition in our lives which goes back to the creation of the universe. These tools can be found in all eastern traditions scriptures which are found in Geeta and Yoga vashishta, Japji Sahib by Guru Nanak ( karma yoga/ khand, bhakti yoga/ saram Khand and ). So if you are already familiar with these, then he provides nothing new wisdom. But for others who subscribe to dualistic religions of the world it is a good book to extract wisdom and practice them. However I must say, that no one should believe all these just because Sadhguru says it. Experience it yourself if you realise that you are caught in some cycles most commonly shown by our compulsions and identifications, then you must try these tools. Even without understanding karma, many people are still crafting their own destiny! This book may come as a woo woo to some because it is , if you are a rational person.

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