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Paap - Punya Part - III

Papanubandhi Punya - Merit Karma that Binds Demerit Karma

In this instance, a person enjoys happiness because of his past merit karmas, but at the same times he binds terrible demerit karma.

People have big homes and yet they are not able to enjoy them. The man of the house is too busy, running around all day trying to make money, whereas his wife spends most of her time looking for beautiful clothes and his daughter is running around in her car. Only the servants are at home and the whole household is in ruins. People acquire beautiful homes, cars and all kinds of other comforts, because of their past merit karmas, but in spite of such merit karma, they bind demerit karma. They waste away their time getting caught up in greed and worldly attachment and they do not even enjoy the fruits of their merit deeds. People with papanubandhi punya are involved in pilfering for all kinds of worldly enjoyments.

All the punya you see around you today is punya that binds paap (papanubandhi punya). Everything you have today, your home, your car and all your material comforts, are all because of your punya. But what kind of punya is it? It is punya that leads to negative thoughts about how you can take advantage of others, how you can cheat or con others. Enjoying money or material things that are not rightfully yours is considered papanubandhi punya.

Let's take an example:

Reena is in eighth grade and she has a beautiful home, a car that takes her to school, nice clothes to wear and all the worldly things that she can enjoy (past merit karma). However, she spends most of her time watching movies, playing and running around to her friend's homes. She does not pay attention to her studies. In spite of having all the splendors, she has the bad intent of stealing pencils, books, and money from her classmates (binding demerit karma). This is how she is binds demerit karma for the next life.

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Although Reena has an mp3 player, goggles and other worldly things, when she see's her class mate donate money, her intent spoils and she thinks of stealing money from others.

So, enjoying things which are not rightfully yours is considered papanubandhi punya.

Punyanubandhi Punya - Merit Karma that Binds Merit Karma

If, while binding punya karma, you have no desire or intention for any worldly gain, then the karma you will bind is punyanubandhi punya.
As you enjoy the rewards of your past merit karma, your intentions and activities are focused towards acquiring the Self (Self-realization); while enjoying the fruits of past merit deeds, you bind new merit karma and this will uplift you towards liberation.

What is 'punyanubandhi punya'? It is the effect of past good deeds that brings to you in this life, happiness and comfort, a life without difficulties and enables you to practice dharma everyday; that is 'punyanubandhi punya'. If on the other hand, you do not have all the facilities and conveniences, but you still have thoughts and intentions of staying in satsang and not hurting anyone, it is still considered 'punyanubandhi punya'; it is punya that binds new punya.

Let's take an example:

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Sheel is in eighth grade. He has all the facilities and conveniences to fulfill his education (merit karma from past life). He enjoys going to school and works very sincerely and diligently to attain highest scholastic grades. Every morning he worships God praying, 'Oh Dear God, grant me and the world the right intellect, bring peace and salvation to the world', and he sings "Dada Bhagwan Na Aseem Jai Jai Kar Ho" (Prayer to the Lord within). This helps to focus him concentration in his studies and attain top grades. Also, every night, arati of 'Dada' and 'Simandhar Swami' is recited punctually in his home at set times. So 'Dada' bestows grace upon everyone in the family. This is how he binds merit karma for the next life.

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