In my childhood, I would often hear my grandfather saying, ‘Remember, you have come in this world with empty hands and you will go also with empty hands.’ The dictum made me wonder whether the theory was misleading.
A person takes birth not with empty hands but with ‘full hands’. My family had forgotten about the ‘Spiritual Law of Karma’, ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’, which is a continuous process, birth after birth, making our hands filled with karma. The Sikh scriptures explain karma as, ‘By the karma of past actions, the robe of this physical body is obtained (SGGS, p 2) and the body is the field of karma in this birth, whatever you plant, you shall harvest (in the next birth) (SGGS, p 78).’
Our birth comes with hands full of accumulated result of all our actions in past lives. Now, once it is ingrained in our mind that we are entering and leaving this world not with empty hands but with hands full of karma, then we have to live life in such a way that we make no personal karma to add to existing burden of karma. What should one do? One word that may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life is to become ‘Karmateet’.
It is a stage of transformation of sanskars to enable us to burn our sinful actions of the past, pay attention to the present actions and create Divine vibration (sanskars of positivity) around us for spiritual growth. The easiest way is to connect deeply our self with Supreme Soul asking His light and might.