Understand clearly that now you are reading this book because of all your past decisions. You decided to pay attention to the book on display. You decided to buy it. You decided to sit down and read this book now. The totality of all these decisions contributes to your sitting here.
The totality of all these past decisions is your present moment. Now, applying the same logic, the totality of your present decisions will be your future.
This is the essence of karma theory: the totality of all your past is the present, and the totality of your present is your future.
The totality of all your past is the present. The totality of your present will be your future. The problem is that we make most of our decisions unconsciously. We take thousands of decisions unconsciously. That is the reason why we are not able to connect the cause with the effect.
Flood more awareness, more intelligence into your thinking system. Flood more awareness, more consciousness into your decision-making system.
In any given moment, the future is predestined but conditionally. It will be a certain future according to all the totality of events till that time, this is the predestined future. But it is conditional. There is an important factor that can and will change it, it is your consciousness, your will.
Understand, destiny is not something written in stone. It very much depends on how you choose to respond to every situation life presents to you. Your awareness will give you the intelligence and the courage to change the flow of events in your life.
If you don’t know your past completely, you will repeat the same things in the future. If your Thoughts Per Second (TPS) can come down and you know your past as it happened, you won’t repeat the same past in the future. You will then become a karma mukta*, liberated from karma. As of now you are a karma bandha*, bonded to karma because you have not lived your past completely.
For example, your childhood always seems golden. It is the golden past. You may feel your life in college was great, but when you were actually in college, you didn’t really feel that way. Why? Because your suffering has become much more now and in comparison, the past seems very nice! Now you attribute joy to your past and if given a chance you want to repeat it. When you lived through it, did you actually experience it? No!
If you can relax in the present moment, at zero TPS (Thoughts per Second), for at least 11 kshanas, you will penetrate the time shaft. If you can stay in zero TPS for 21 kshanas, you will penetrate the time shaft and can alter the future. This is in your hands.
All meditation techniques are ways to bring down your TPS so that you can penetrate the time shaft.
It is important to understand the concept of kshana. There is no equivalent for this word in the English language. So, let me explain to you what kshana means. Kshana is a measure of time. It is not a second or a minute as many people believe.
The gap between two thoughts is one kshana. We are used to thinking of time in an absolute sense. But a kshana is absolutely relative! The thoughts of every person and the rate at which they come in a person are dependent on that person. Kshana varies from person to person.
If a person is restless and gets too many thoughts in a span of one second, his kshana is shorter because the gap between two thoughts is less.
If a person is calm and collected like a meditator is, he gets fewer thoughts in a given span of time. His kshana is longer because the gap between two thoughts is more.
source: Living Enlightenment
source: Living Enlightenment