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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Understanding Pavam and Punniya: Actions and Consequences in the Cosmic Drama

This blog delves into the concepts of "Pavam" (sins) and "Punniya" (good deeds) and explores how they are calculated and understood. It introduces the idea that if someone performs 100 good deeds and a single bad deed, it is not simply reduced to 99 good deeds. Each action, whether good or bad, carries its own consequences. Good deeds are rewarded, while misdeeds bring suffering.

Raja Yoga meditation mentions the concept of a 5000-year drama, which is divided into two groups: 2500 years of happiness and 2500 years of suffering. It states that during the Sathya Yuga and Thretha Yuga (specific ages according to Hindu cosmology), the notions of Pavam and Punniya do not exist. However, during the Dwabara Yuga and Kali Yuga (other ages in the same cosmology), these concepts come into play.

In the Sathya Yuga, our actions are referred to as "Akarma," meaning that we do not accumulate Pavam or Punniya. However, in the Dwabara and Kali Yugas, our actions are called "Vikarma," which determines whether we experience positive or negative outcomes.

Raja Yoga meditation suggests that when we perform our actions with the realization that we are spiritual beings (Atma), rather than merely identifying with our physical bodies, the notions of Pavam and Punniya do not apply. However, when we perform actions with the awareness of our physical existence, the consequences of Pavam and Punniya come into play.

In summary, the passage explores the concepts of Pavam and Punniya, highlighting that each action carries its own consequences and that good deeds are rewarded while misdeeds bring suffering. It also touches on the influence of different cosmic ages on these concepts and emphasizes the significance of performing actions with a spiritual understanding.


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