Celibacy/Abstinence/Prarabdha & Agama


I am wondering what will happen to a person's karma when he is on the path of serious self-realization.
Suppose he has burnt up all his prarabdha due to his penance. Then does he start to finish off his next birth's karma also in this same birth...or how does it work...
Can we finish off all our future births' karmas also in this very birth?

1. ‘Prarabdha Karma’ when completely exhausted along with ‘Agama’ (that of future births) through a life of Yoga leads to absolute liberation and release, merging into the Brahman irreversibly. The physical body cannot be discarded by the Yogi as long as his ‘Prarabdha’ remains (even if the Yogi is self-realized). This is why many realized sages are known to live for many years even after becoming 'Jivanmukta-s' (liberated while still alive). They still have 'Prarabdha' remaining, completing which they are released for ever.

2. The Yogi gets the ability to burn his ‘Âgama karma’ (karma that has the potential to blossom in future incarnations) in Nirvikalpa Samadhi, but he still has to experience ‘Prarabdha’ in this very birth and get done with it.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidyâ' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in 'Âsana' or physical postures is not Yoga. Âsana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, Âsana, Prânâyâma, Pratyâhâra, Dhârana, Dhyâna and Samâdhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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