Rajyogi BK Nikunj ji
The buzz around a recent web series based on the 1992 Indian stock market scam refuses to die down even after so many months. The story has once again reminded all of us about the plain truth that every action – good or bad – has an outcome, sooner or later. No one, however high or mighty, can escape the result of his or her actions. One may escape the clutches of the law for some duration of time, but, the law of action, i.e., the principle of karma, is inviolable, and no government, however unwilling and mighty, can stand in the way of karma taking its course.
There is no doubt that the people involved in the case of the security scam were very influential. They had contacts with those who occupied the seats of power. They themselves had the power of money. They had a circle of friends and well-wishers who held lofty positions in the society. Also, no one suspected these people to be committing such crimes and anti-social activities until the scam was out in the open. But, we have all seen that a time came when the situation became such that even their best friends could not help them, and their power of money became a deep curse because they had earned it by criminal methods. Thus, they were shocked when they discovered that they had landed themselves in trouble of great and unimaginable magnitude.
Most of us do not realise and understand that the nature of evil actions is such that it clouds a person’s intellect and judgement. It deludes a person’s mind so much that one feels that he/she is rising high on the ladder of social position and economic power, but, sooner or later, a day comes when the rung of the ladder suddenly breaks under his/her weight, and he/she falls from “great heights” and gets grievously hurt in front of all. Their honour gets fractured and their faces get smeared with dirt. Here, one feels that their friends and well-wishers are mere spectators who could not save them from this steep fall.
Coming back to the scam and its outcome, we all know the one promising entrepreneur who introduced the word ‘scam’ to the Indian public, who spent much of his time earning money through sinful ways, against his conscience. He tried hard to hide this money from the watchful eyes of the tax authorities and others. For a while, he got some make-believe respect from those whom he had befooled. Even this respect was not relished by him because, deep in his mind and heart, he knew that he was not an honourable man. And, then, at the end of his dishonourable endeavours, he stood humiliated, rejected, and utterly disappointed.
Alas, humans have understood the inexorable law of karma well, and, in time. Some, who have a cursory knowledge of it, do not act according to this knowledge. Others lay the paltry knowledge of this aside when they act. And, a vast majority of men and women internally violate this law because they think that others are also doing it or because they think that no one will come to know of their wrong deeds. Still, others think that they are doing a sinful action for a noble cause! Thus, human beings are deceiving themselves in many ways, and, are, therefore, sowing the seeds of sorrow and suffering. May such scams and events serve as a powerful reminder, at least to some, that a good act is inherently good, and, is a precious attainment, and, a bad act is a loss and a punishment from the time it is done till the time of its final settlement.
(The writer is a spiritual educator & columnist for publications across India, Nepal and the UK.)