The mind spins a cocoon for the individual soul to be imprisoned in. Karma, which is the activity of ignorance (maya), encloses the individual in its grip. It is the husk that makes the paddy seed grow and yield more paddy plants and more grains of paddy. Remove the husk, and there is no more sprouting! The husk (karma) makes the individual soul sprout and undergo the pleasure and pain produced by the impressions unconsciously left on the mind by past good or bad actions (vasanas) and perform purificatory rites and sacred ceremonies. Hence, you reward and punish yourself as the result of your own activities! You are born now because you wished to come here; you gravitate to the level to which your deeds drag or lift you! You make your own future by your thoughts, desires and deeds. (Divine Discourse, Jul 17, 1962)
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