Don’t Step into Other People’s Karma

In Indian culture, one is not supposed to step over anyone sitting or lying down. Is this just a custom, or is there a science behind it? Sadhguru answers.
Don’t Step into Other People’s Karma
 

In Indian culture, one is not supposed to step over anyone sitting or lying down. Is this just a custom, or is there a science behind it? Sadhguru answers.

Sadhguru: This actually applies not only to human beings but to all creatures. In India, people would not even step over a sleeping dog.

When your experience of life is limited to physicality, you think the boundary of a human being is the skin. If you expand the way you experience life a little more, you will see the boundary of a human being goes beyond the skin – to what extent depends upon who he or she is. The more you close your eyes and sit, the “fatter” you get – not in terms of fat as a substance – you get bigger. The less thinking you do, the larger your presence becomes.

The more you close your eyes and sit, the “fatter” you get – not in terms of fat as a substance – you get bigger.

Most people experience some semblance of peace and balance within them only when they are sleeping. Sleep is the most profound state that they know in their life. This is a most unfortunate way to live. When they are fast asleep, they are reasonably peaceful and balanced. When they are awake, they are all over the place.

So, when they lie down they are a little bigger. Especially if you are lying down on something hard, because there is no room for it to find expression on the side that you lie on, naturally it goes up to where there is space. Instead of your energies being all around you, it will be above you by about 50% to 100%.

The extended energy body

Let us say hypothetically speaking, your energy body is one foot beyond your skin. If you lie down, it could be approximately one-and-a-half or two feet. Without you knowing, some amount of clearing up or expanding of the energy body naturally happens. At those times, people will keep more distance from you – not out of respect but simply because of the size of your energy body at that moment. This is the way it should be – as it is required for that moment. If you have a certain sensitivity, you will naturally know these things. You may say this is some special endowment – I do not entirely deny that. But at the same time, people do not have this kind of sensitivity largely because they cannot pay attention to anything. They cannot pay attention to anything because they are dismissive about life around them.

your energy body is one foot beyond your skin. If you lie down, it could be approximately one-and-a-half or two feet.

When I was a five, six-year-old boy, I used to sit in the house, staring at something or sometimes at nothing. Much later, I realized in yoga, there is a mudra where you simply stare at nothing. Nothing is high, nothing is low. Something and nothing are the same to you – you are simply looking. Suddenly, my mother would pass by. Initially, I would see her, but the next time she would pass by, she would be all blurred and somewhat bigger. When she would pass by again, she would be almost transparent and even bigger.

Then my father would come. I would look at him with an empty stare. He would gesticulate in front of my eyes. Obviously, he was saying, “Why are you not studying?” or something like that. I did not hear the words, I just looked, and saw all kinds of things. Depending upon what kind of forms I saw, I knew what he was saying. He was worried that this boy was losing his mind, the way he was staring. If you paid enough attention, you would experience this yourself.

What’s hanging around you?

In the yogic physiology, there are three physical dimensions of your existence – the physical body, the mental body, and the energy body – annamaya kosha, manomaya kosha, pranamaya kosha. The physical body is made of physical material that we take from the planet in the form of food. The mental body is also made of material from the world around you, but this material is much subtler. We build the mental body with information, reverberation, sounds, and impressions.

People who are conscious do not want to trip over or walk into someone else’s karma. By stepping over someone, you are kind of walking into their karma.

Since the physical body is made of physical substance, it takes a reasonably proper form. Most people’s mental body does not have a clear-cut form. They are not even conscious of what they have gathered. For most human beings, not even 1% of the content is conscious. Because 99% is gathered unconsciously, the mental structure is scattered. It is quite a mess. If you can create a conscious structure to your mental form, and you are able to change the structure as per the requirement of the situation, your mind will be a magical instrument.

Your energy body too carries information. What form it takes depends upon what type of information is there within you. The information on the level of the physical body is called genetics. Likewise, there is information on the mental structure, and there is information on the energy structure.

People who are conscious do not want to trip over your mental body or your energy body. We do not know what kind of karma someone is carrying, but when they are sleeping or they are just about to fall asleep, the unconscious play of the karmic structure is at its highest. Because you do not perform any conscious activity, the unconscious activity is full-scale. People who are conscious do not want to trip over or walk into someone else’s karma. By stepping over someone, you are kind of walking into their karma.

Handling your “stuff”

It is wise not to pick up other people’s stuff because handling your own stuff is challenging enough. This is why once you are on spiritual sadhana, as a brahmachari, you do not hug anyone – doing “Namaskaram” is enough. We do not want to trip over your karma. Whether it is good or bad, we do not want to take it away from you. When your Guru has evolved a strategy for your specific karma, you should not mix it up with all kinds of people. Otherwise, it becomes unnecessarily complicated.

Do not step over anyone. You can go around them. It is also a mark of respect.

If you take in too much input from everywhere, the karmic process becomes very complicated. And the strategy evolved for your karma will not work if you keep mixing it up with someone else’s all the time. Why some who are in serious sadhana withdraw into a solitary cave or the like is because they do not want to complicate things. They understood the complexity of their own karma and do not want to complicate it anymore.

That is why you do not step over anyone. You can go around them. It is also a mark of respect. And apart from that, it would disturb that person if you step over them. If you disturb their energy body, they may not immediately wake up, but internally, it disturbs them.

All this comes from a fundamental understanding about life. No matter what you were doing – you were running a business, you were married, bearing and raising children, fighting a battle – for anyone who was born in this land, there was only one goal – ultimate liberation. Mukti was the only goal. The whole culture was structured around this. Many strategies were evolved so that you do not trip over someone else’s karma. You do not want to acquire anything new because you know the complexity of what you already have. If you undo your own puzzle, it is good enough. You do not want to complicate it.

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3 years 8 months ago

AMMMA IS ON THAT STAGE WHERE THIS ENERGY CIRCLE BECOME STABLE...NO CHANGE WILL HAPPEN..AND SHE GIVES HER OWN GOOD VIBES TO OTHERS. IT TAKES TIME TO GET THAT STAGE.

4 years 4 months ago

so in family life the karma of all the individuals gets entangled? then where is the way for liberation?

3 years 8 months ago

forgot that you have any kind of mental illness. you are so good to find your ownself. this is brilliant intellegency .....and a word FEAR is enough to find good or bad.. if there is any kind of fear its not good. NO FEAR..EVERYTHING IS GOOD.

4 years 4 months ago

That is why most yogis in the past didn't get marry or make family, to avoid wife's karma who sleeps on the same bed .....right..?

4 years 4 months ago

“If your life has to be enriched you have to go through what people have gone through.”—Sadhguru

3 years 8 months ago

1. I would like to step over Sadhguru, where does he sleep or lie down for rest. 2. In sex you penetrate the other person physically, mentally, and his/her energy body - so even if you avoided stepping over others, your karmic complication could not be avoided, since every has have sex now and then 3. Mind and consciousness are not the same; mind is only an instrument helping/distracting us in day to day activities, consciousness is our true nature. It is therefore incorrect to say to develop ones mind unconsciously (better use the word unaware). If one realizes one's true nature, consciousness, the karmic cycles drops instantly, such that even if you committed murder it won't affect you. Teach proper things, Sadhguru.

4 years 4 months ago

People of the very old times evolved daily activities to evolve themselves. Later, some non-sense should have crept in and "untouchability" as the law defines it today should have come into being. Know not how much more "non-sense" like this have evolved due to some stupid misinterpretation or any wanton intervention.

4 years 2 months ago

Very nice article...

3 years 8 months ago

NAMASKARAM ! WHERE IS AND HOW CAN I PRESS MY UNDO BUTTON.....???!!! SADGURU PLEASE SUGGEST OR JUST PRESS MY UNDO BUTTON........

4 years 4 months ago

Guruji, what happens when people meditate in a group ? Don't their energy fields overlap each other as they go deep into meditation, with their energy fields expanding? We are told to usually not enter the room where someone is meditating. What protects us in group meditation?

4 years 1 month ago

I have been struggling from mental illness for quite some time. This mental weakness is recognized by people who are sadistic or perverted. I have also always been a very righteous person (whether it is good or not i don't know). This is like a never ending war because there are lots of perverted people like this and eventually I will end up attacking them one way or another. It sounds simple and stupid and childish but if you really look at this, this is a very serious human problem. How do you keep yourself untangled when there are people like this around? I have come across some seriously deceptive, psychopath, sociopath type people, who work hard to get on my nerves. What to do?

3 years 8 months ago

you are incorrect. 99% of all human activities happen due to the subconscious mind. If you learn psychology you will understand that. Most people are like a would up clock ticking away. They gather their mind unconsciously and they live their life unconsciously. Example it takes enormous consciousness to go in the right path. Say for example if a kid joins an IT industry and lives a big city, unless and until he is very conscious of what he is getting into, After a few years he/she will have the habits of a IT person. Now his character has changed from and student to IT person. he will do everything most IT people do. But if he had have joined the some ashram his activities will be different. This is the reason why most NRIs act in the same mould, same with actress, there are exceptions. However it needs enormous consciousness to analyse every little activity one does. Most people live unconsciously.

4 years 4 months ago

How does one cleanse themselves of other's Karma, assuming they have already gathered a lot from hugs due to the society they live in?

3 years 8 months ago

That is why it is mentioned that karma projection is maximum during sleep. When a person is awake, their conscious is on the drive as explained above.

3 years 8 months ago

Replace the word 'consciousness' with 'awareness' in what you have written - consciousness is much greater, bigger phenomena and you make take more than a life-time to get it right.

4 years 4 months ago

and to pass it on to their kids, probably.

3 years 8 months ago

If you are aware you can easily see other persons nonsense while medirating in group but try to avoid meditation with less conscious person or someone who leaves all his non sense whereevr he goes I have meditated with such ppl nd it took some 3to 4 days to get to my old karma it kinda get clouded

3 years 8 months ago

Namaskaram
Thank you for your post..its really good elaboration..I would want to look out for a new updates on dissolving my own prarabdha karma..using yogic sadhana ..kriya yoga. Pls share with me if you any post from Sadhguru ji.. Thank you. Pranam

4 years 4 months ago

Yes I was thinking the same. But what about Amma she travel around and gives hug to millions of her followers out of love??

3 years 8 months ago

your soul reflects a energy circle around your body..power of your energy circle depends on purity of your soul. don't mess up your energy circle with other's...it will effect on yours circle. your karma and mood depend on this circle...this is invisible energy circle around your body.

3 years 8 months ago

Namaskaram...thank u fr ur reply..may I chck with u if you hav any post related on how clearing the prarabdha karma of our own..I did read the articles which posted abt Karma ..and how got it alotted by default whn we born..im thinking from the yogic perspective on how to dissolve it.. as I believe for the past 2 generation I some where or rather can realize whats happening in my family n ppl around me.. i simply wants to clear..n fast forward this n get involve in life ..pls share with me if u hv some articles from Sadhguru ji ..thank you..

4 years 4 months ago

this blog has created confusion.pls someone clarify if it is only for brahmacharis or masses.

3 years 8 months ago

live with nature for some days and watch sun rise and sun set regularlyy...you will get powerfull energy circle..

3 years 7 months ago

you have sex when u sleep???

4 years 4 months ago

Enlightened people are beyond duality. And from a non-dualistic state, their souls are beyond karmic cycle. Persistence of ego and the resulting sense of individuality is what causes the being to get entangled in karmic cycle. When there is no ego, then there is no karma involved. Most of the time we percieve ourselves as well as others from a level of body, or mind consciousness. That we, or other people are their bodies, or their minds. This is why we are stuck in karmic cycle. It might look like to us that amma is hugging others. But from an enlightened persons perspective, her own soul, the soul of the person she is hugging, his karma and everything else is just part of the 'whole'. As an other example, swami Vivekananda, considered to be an icon among propagators of modern yogic culture died around the age of 40 and had all the kinds of diseases a yogi would never have at the time of his death. From individualistic perspective its hard for us to comprehend it and it looks like he is trying to burn prarabdha karma by over exerting and torturing himself. But from his perspective, that body was just an instrument that had to be used to do what he had to do on this dimension, and it broke because he had to over use it.

3 years 8 months ago

same kind of energy in all circles protect us in group meditation.

4 years 4 months ago

Beautiful explanation! There are a lot of things passed down from generation to generation in this country like this without the proper explanation of why something is to be done or not to be done. Nowadays, most of them are considered superstition. It will be great if Sadhguru throws light on a few more of them.

3 years 8 months ago

Not right..they do so because they know the power of brhamcharya..

4 years 4 months ago

What happens in public transport and places how can be void of others karma