Karma is defined as an ecosystem in Indian philosophical thought. All actions
one does or has done in the past, have consequences for the present and the
future, and these are loosely called as karma. Most treatises on karma are
silent on what exactly karma is, how it affects our actions and what its nature
is. In modern computing, most of the memory and information is stored in a
cloud. This cloud is stored in servers — a physical entity, scattered all over
the globe that store the information of individuals and organisations. This
information can be obtained by the use of an appropriate login ID and password.
The advantage of cloud is that it prevents individual computers, tablets and
phones from getting cluttered with extra storage memory. So, most of their
memory can be used for processing data rather than storing information. Also, in
the event of these machines getting destroyed or lost, the information always
remains in the cloud, which can be later accessed via new machines. Similarly,
it can be conjectured that all deep emotional memories of each individual go
into a spiritual cloud called Knowledge Space (KS). KS can be defined as space
that is filled with memories of very deep and intense thought and emotions,
fundamental knowledge and discoveries.Similarly, intense negative thoughts and
emotions like lust, hatred, jealousy and pain, which are also a product of
intense concentration for a reasonably long time, may reside in KS.
Therefore, KS is a depository of both positive and negative emotional memories.
Mundane and shallow thoughts are not stored in KS since the energy used in
producing such memories is not strong enough to send them to KS. Since life
forms are also a part of intense memories, KS may have templates of past life
forms which manifest sometimes as ghosts! As we keep on adding information to
our cloud, our profile keeps building up. This profile affects and influences
our interaction in the cyber world. Similarly, our memories in KS affect our
present and future behaviour.
If we remove the cloud completely, we can start afresh with new identity and
information. In the same way, removal of memories from KS allows us to get away
from the cycle of birth and death. This is what Patanjali talks about in his
Yoga Darshan, when he says that resolution of gunas, memories, (their removal)
removes their effect and the role of karma vanishes. Just like memories in cloud
tell about the personality of a person and remain till they are erased, so too,
memories in KS remain and can come to haunt us till they are removed.
Memories in KS, therefore, drive the cycle of birth, death and
reincarnation.This is the revenge of karma. So how do we remove gunas from KS so
that one can be liberated from the birth-death cycle? The first step is removal
of memories from the brain, since it is the driving force for their transfer to
KS. This can be done by sanyam, deep thought. Focussing on a single thought for
a long time is sanyam. Practised daily and for many years, this has the ability
to form new neural pathways.These new pathways remove old memories since the
energy required to produce a single thought needs a high amount of processing
memory which can only be made available by dissolving existing memories.
Removal of an individual’s memories from KS is very difficult since these are
stable memories formed since ages. But when the brain becomes very powerful
through sanyam, then it also gets the ability to access these memories from KS.
This is the genesis of great discoveries. This naturally gives the brain the
ability to modify and remove memories. This could also be the reason why
advanced yogis are able to know their past karmas and births. Patanjali alludes
to this in his Yoga Darshan when he says, “By making sanyam on previous thought
waves and subliminal impressions, a yogi obtains knowledge of his previous
lives”. Hence, by removing extraneous memories both from our brain and KS
through sanyam, we can dissolve our karma and merge with Universal