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
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.
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
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:
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.