Karma is the deciding factor

The fact that some people have a larger share of happiness

than sorrow in their lives does not mean the Lord is partial.

In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord says He is udasina in this

respect. That is, He is unconcerned or detached when He

creates. Each person sufers or does not sufer according to

his own karma, said Valayapet Ramachariar in a discourse.

Our experiences on this earth are not due to His likes or

dislikes, for He has not any. It is due to the Lord’s will that

creation takes place. Prakrti manifests itself in many ways

because of the Lord’s will. Prakrti cannot decide who

should have the body of a human being or the body of an

animal. This is decided by the atma’s deeds in previous

births. In accordance with its karma, the atma takes rebirth

because the Lord wills it so.

There may be mud, the potter’s wheel and water to make

pots. But the pot does not get made unless the potter

decides to make it.

When the Lord took avataras, people foolishly thought

that He was a mere human being. They misjudged His

greatness, looking at the human form He had taken. That

form was taken out of His love for mankind. But they did

not realise this. It was given only to a few to realise that He

was the Supreme One incarnated on this earth.

Bhishma was one who knew Krishna was the Supreme

One. In the battlefield, when Arjuna was reluctant to take

up arms against Bhishma, Krishna advanced upon

Bhishma with His discus. This was the manifestation of the

Lord that Bhishma had been hoping for and he expressed

his joy. But Duryodhana, because of his sins, could not see

Krishna as the Supreme One.