The Source of Karma
Sadhguru explains how karma is not about action, but about the volition behind action. If we just function as needed in a situation, there is no karma involved. Read more.
Q: Sadhguru, you have told us many times that if we have bitter experiences in our life, it is because of our past doings. What type of activities should we do today to avoid future bitterness?past activity or karma is also not in terms of action, but in terms of the volition with which it is done.
If you are a little open to me or to the teaching, the volition is taken away, so you just do what is needed. That is what awareness means; there is no volition. Where there is no volition, there is no karma. Acceptance means you are simply doing what is needed. Unbounded responsibility means you do not have any volition about anything. In every given situation, whatever you see as needed as per your awareness, you just do it according to your capability. The strength of your volition is what builds karma; whether it is good or bad, it does not matter.
People ask me the same question again and again, "What’s your mission?" When I tell them, "I have no mission, I am just fooling around," they think I am being frivolous. They do not understand that this is the deepest statement I can make about living in the world, because there is no particular volition – just doing what is needed, that is all. In this, whatever you go through, there is no karma. Whatever you are doing is just happening as it is needed. Karma is only in terms of your need to do something. When you have no need to do anything and you simply do what is needed, there is no karmic attachment to it. It is neither good nor bad.