The concept of karma can be challenging for many. Does it mean that you are punished for everything you do? No. Karma is a way of saying that your vibrational offering (meaning the sum total of your thoughts, words, actions, and feelings) create a field around you that resonates with other energies and that this field is stored across lifetimes. If your vibration is positive, your offering is positive and your point of attraction is also positive.
Vibration is a funny thing. Imagine if you will, dropping a pebble on the surface of a water bowl. The circles will radiate outwards until they hit the sides of the glass, at which point they bounce off and radiate back towards the center. The stronger the impact and weight of the stone, the larger the ripples. Karma is the ripples coming back to you. You put it out, and you get it back. But this can be a staggering thought when you conceptualize thousands of lifetimes as millions of tiny creatures (or even just a few lifetimes as a handful of creatures) and the number of feelings, thoughts, actions, dramas, and stories that you have lived. Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, you can apply it to your life. Imagine every time you gave someone a smile, or every time you thought something unkind towards another. It can sometimes feel like your karma is a chain weighing you down. Break through it!
Yogi Bhajan said that the 32nd Pauri of Japji when recited 11 times every day like an individual mantra, pays your debts and completes your karma. For me, its kind of like a master vibration, like an override function. You may have put out one vibration, but this powerfully charged mantra overrides it, overtakes it, and transforms the energy into something wonderful. It’s a mantra do-over button. It will shift your energy deeply and powerfully, helping you move past your karma and your conditions.
The 32nd Pauri of Japji
Ik du jibhau lakh hoh hoveh lakh vis.
Lakh lakh gera aakhiah ek naam Jagdis.
Et raah pat pavariaa chariai hoe ikis.
Sun galaa aakaas ki kitaa aai ris.
Naanak nadri paaiai kuri kurai this.