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A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the conseque A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the consequences of our own actions. In reality, karma has nothing to do with reward and punishment. Karma simply means action: your action, your responsibility. It isn't some external system of crime and punishment, but an internal cycle generated by you. Accumulation of karma is determined only by your intention and the way you respond to what is happening to you. Over time, it's possible to become ensnared by your own unconscious patterns of behavior. In Karma, Sadhguru seeks to put you back in the driver's seat, turning you from a terror-struck passenger to a confident driver navigating the course of your own destiny. By living consciously and fully inhabiting each moment, you can free yourself from the cycle. Karma is an exploration and a manual, restoring our understanding of karma to its original potential for freedom and empowerment instead of a source of entanglement. Through Sadhguru's teachings, you will learn how to live intelligently and joyfully in a challenging world.


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A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the conseque A new perspective on the overused and misunderstood concept of "karma" that offers the key to happiness and enlightenment, from the New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru. What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues and sins. The mechanism that decrees that we cannot evade the consequences of our own actions. In reality, karma has nothing to do with reward and punishment. Karma simply means action: your action, your responsibility. It isn't some external system of crime and punishment, but an internal cycle generated by you. Accumulation of karma is determined only by your intention and the way you respond to what is happening to you. Over time, it's possible to become ensnared by your own unconscious patterns of behavior. In Karma, Sadhguru seeks to put you back in the driver's seat, turning you from a terror-struck passenger to a confident driver navigating the course of your own destiny. By living consciously and fully inhabiting each moment, you can free yourself from the cycle. Karma is an exploration and a manual, restoring our understanding of karma to its original potential for freedom and empowerment instead of a source of entanglement. Through Sadhguru's teachings, you will learn how to live intelligently and joyfully in a challenging world.

30 review for Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Wilson

    Reading an advance copy of Sadhguru’s “Karma” book was a profound experience. It brought back glimpses I have had of the unknowable and unexplainable, and finally gave them meaning and context. In the book Sadhguru describes karma as a vast library of past, present, and future events – a place he said he often ventures into for answers to life’s most complex questions. So many times, I’ve seen someone ask Sadhguru a question, and then he glances away and closes his eyes for a split second, and Reading an advance copy of Sadhguru’s “Karma” book was a profound experience. It brought back glimpses I have had of the unknowable and unexplainable, and finally gave them meaning and context. In the book Sadhguru describes karma as a vast library of past, present, and future events – a place he said he often ventures into for answers to life’s most complex questions. So many times, I’ve seen someone ask Sadhguru a question, and then he glances away and closes his eyes for a split second, and then returns with the perfect answer. Sadhguru has explained in “Karma” how we are creating new additions for the karmic library, and how we can gain more control over the direction our lives are taking. It becomes clear when reading this book why Sadhguru stresses responsibility and awareness in Inner Engineering, and the inevitability of the moment – because of each of us are creating our lives using a karmic pattern that everyone who has ever lived on this planet has contributed to. How did we get to where we are now in life? Where is it going next? Why does the groupthink of society seem to be going in the wrong direction? All of the answers are in this karmic library of experiences, memory, and potential futures. So, what can we do to change it with the small hands, head, and heart that we have? That is the essence of why I was first moved by Sadhguru. Working together, we might be able to help the world change course. I think Sadhguru’s book, “Karma,” could be the first step in that direction for many people who have not yet experienced what we have as Isha meditators. It provides answers to so many deep questions. That’s why I highly recommend getting a copy of this book, reading it for yourself, and then sharing it with your friends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina Shah

    Sadhguru has written a masterpiece, a beautiful one-of-a-kind book on what it means to be a human being and what we can do right now. Karma is a trip! For a long time, I thought that the point of life was to get good karma to have a pleasant life. It turns out karma is not what I thought it was. It's not something to get ahead of. Instead, it is an absolute miracle worth exploring. Read this book if you want to be amazed, empowered, and want an action plan for life. Sadhguru has written a masterpiece, a beautiful one-of-a-kind book on what it means to be a human being and what we can do right now. Karma is a trip! For a long time, I thought that the point of life was to get good karma to have a pleasant life. It turns out karma is not what I thought it was. It's not something to get ahead of. Instead, it is an absolute miracle worth exploring. Read this book if you want to be amazed, empowered, and want an action plan for life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ta kini

    Book about KARMA! That too by SADHGURU!!!! OMG! Karm Yog book by Swami Vivekanand had always been a gem of my life, I reread that book every year. And now knowing that I'll get to read more about it from Sadhguru's perspective is just ❤ Book about KARMA! That too by SADHGURU!!!! OMG! Karm Yog book by Swami Vivekanand had always been a gem of my life, I reread that book every year. And now knowing that I'll get to read more about it from Sadhguru's perspective is just ❤

  4. 5 out of 5

    Srivallabh B K

    Sadhguru's explanation in simple english makes this an easy read. However, the adhyathmic content, although less, took sometime for me to understand and digest. There were certain aspects that I still haven't understood. I really liked the fact that many concepts of 'Karma' were explained practically and I was able to draw parallel's with other learnings I have had over the years (life + book knowledge). The usual understanding of 'Karma', inheriting good karma by doing good deeds and bad karma by Sadhguru's explanation in simple english makes this an easy read. However, the adhyathmic content, although less, took sometime for me to understand and digest. There were certain aspects that I still haven't understood. I really liked the fact that many concepts of 'Karma' were explained practically and I was able to draw parallel's with other learnings I have had over the years (life + book knowledge). The usual understanding of 'Karma', inheriting good karma by doing good deeds and bad karma by doing bad deeds is completely squashed and new understanding of Karma is explained well in this book. Surprisingly after reading this book, my entrepreneurial drive has increased and I am guessing I want that off my chest in the long term! good read, recommended only for those who have already realised happiness and peace are something that comes from the inside!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Piyush Laad

    The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part explores karma as a definition, in the second part sadhguru discuss possibilities of freedom from karma and in the last part he addresses questions about the subject. He simplified the complex topic of karma with relevant examples. While reading the book the line “It happened” gave me joy. Because then I know that I will be reading some interesting story/experience. Sadhana section is challenging. I learned following: 1. Karma is fundamentally about The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part explores karma as a definition, in the second part sadhguru discuss possibilities of freedom from karma and in the last part he addresses questions about the subject. He simplified the complex topic of karma with relevant examples. While reading the book the line “It happened” gave me joy. Because then I know that I will be reading some interesting story/experience. Sadhana section is challenging. I learned following: 1. Karma is fundamentally about one's own free will, it is never about external actions. It is not a system of rewards and punishments but it means actions. These actions can happen on three levels -- mind, body and energy. It gives you an invitation to look within. 2. A simple way to become aware of your vasana is to try to stay away for a length of time from that which you like, love or consider to be most precious. 3. Hesitation is the worst of all crimes. 4. Pain is useful and is a valuable wake up call. On another hand suffering is a choice. Comparison leads to suffering. 5. Memory can be differentiated into 8 dimensions — atomic, elemental, evolutionary, genetic, karmic, sensory, articulate and inarticulate. Runanubandha is a physical memory we carry within. 6. Without memory, we can't have intelligence. 7. Our body is an accumulation of elements from the earth. 8. Try to be untouched by what you do -- this is the path of achieving inner peace. 9. A spider trapped in a web of its own making is a tragedy -- this is a great lesson. In today's world, we often get busy achieving things and in this process, we lost ourselves so deep that we can not say we archived the things or things are achieved us. 10. Giving up something for something else is a trade, giving up for nothing is a sacrifice. 11. Runanubandha is inevitable and beyond a point, it can become a source of bondage. Physical memory increases enormously over the period and then it is very hard to manage. People in India evolved a gesture of namaskar for minimising such bondage. Giving a hug, hold hands and even sharing food items, we are continuously building up physical memory. 12. Most people don’t have a clue about who is driving their crazy locomotive called Life, so you must aware of this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sunil Patel

    Karma - a five letter word. Karma on this thousands and thousands of books can written and still Human mind will not satisfy and still few aspects of Karma will be left to be touched next time. Such is a Complex topic of Karma!.. The moment child borns till he or she dies.. everything that happens in between .. Do you really think that there is some external force? .. if you have questions about your Destiny or about your loved one's Destiny... then This book is going to be your best guide. Divided Karma - a five letter word. Karma on this thousands and thousands of books can written and still Human mind will not satisfy and still few aspects of Karma will be left to be touched next time. Such is a Complex topic of Karma!.. The moment child borns till he or she dies.. everything that happens in between .. Do you really think that there is some external force? .. if you have questions about your Destiny or about your loved one's Destiny... then This book is going to be your best guide. Divided in three sections - Part 1 covers What aspect of Karma. Part 2 covers - How we can handle Karma? Part 3 covers - Questions that get raised whenever Karma topic is opened up during friends & family discussions at tea table or lunch/dinner table or whenever someone experiences good/bad result in their life. ---------------------------- I suggest you read "Inner Engineering" book by Sadhguru before reading Karma Book. And also if possible read "Death" book as well. I would strongly recommend to read atleast one or two books on Spirituality / Mind / Body etc. then and only then you will understand that "Karma" Book by Sadhguru has exceeded all benchmarks. and This book has set the new level for any author who wants to touch the topic of "Karma". ------------------------------ This Book will bring total clarity about your own tendencies or compulsive behaviours and also offers strong tools to overcome such tendencies or compulsive reactions. ------------------------------ This book help you to understand how "you" is made out of accumulations. This book hits the nail on head - to let you understand that you are just pure "LIFE". ------------------------------ "ALL Human Experience is generated from within" .... And, something that is generated from within .. who should have control over that??? ( Sadhguru ) I will leave this review with Question so that you will read book and find out yourself the "ANSWER"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suresh Alankar

    Sadhguru’s Karma book is a riveting read, a must for all interested in understanding how life works. Sadhguru totally shatters the myth that karma is destiny and so many other myths that have gathered around this word. He methodically, and painstakingly explains in detail how karma actually works and how it can be a source of our empowerment. He anticipates, counters and answers our unasked questions through out the book, including specific questions in the latter part of the book. He speaks fro Sadhguru’s Karma book is a riveting read, a must for all interested in understanding how life works. Sadhguru totally shatters the myth that karma is destiny and so many other myths that have gathered around this word. He methodically, and painstakingly explains in detail how karma actually works and how it can be a source of our empowerment. He anticipates, counters and answers our unasked questions through out the book, including specific questions in the latter part of the book. He speaks from a certain knowing, and his piercing logic and clarity is apparent in the precise, and sometimes brutal, honesty with which he discusses the topic. This book can be looked at as a treatise on Karma. It explores the topic intellectually and in great detail, for example, defining and classifying the different types of karma. At the same time, it is a practical guide that can be used to live one’s life consciously and joyfully. In the second part of the book, he gives specific methods and tools how one can do this and move towards liberation. In his own inimitable style, Sadhguru intersperses the discussion on Karma with deeply insightful and witty stories which drive the point home beautifully. The ultimate goal of the author is to get us started on a journey of self exploration of “freedom and discovery. “ He states, he is “ not interested in offering spiritual advice. …What I offer is a way, a living process” In many ways, I felt this is a book about how life works and how we can use the process of life to create our destiny. It is a book highly recommended for all- the novice, the intellectual, the academic, the seeker, the spiritual or simply, the curious ones.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sanjana Iyer

    I decided to read this book with no breaks, the day after a large tattoo session and amid a migraine, which proved to be imperfectly perfect conditions. The wooziness propelled me to give myself to each page and absorb all the revelations being showered upon me. The last part of the book incited a 3-hour conversation with my mom, allowing me to process all of the wisdom sprinkled in each sentence penned. Sadhguru manages to convey such a complex topic with breviloquence and without forsaking his I decided to read this book with no breaks, the day after a large tattoo session and amid a migraine, which proved to be imperfectly perfect conditions. The wooziness propelled me to give myself to each page and absorb all the revelations being showered upon me. The last part of the book incited a 3-hour conversation with my mom, allowing me to process all of the wisdom sprinkled in each sentence penned. Sadhguru manages to convey such a complex topic with breviloquence and without forsaking his signature style, all while answering the questions about karma I have always held within me. I not only feel more aware of my own shortcomings and cycles I want to break but have realized the power I once thought I had to manufacture has always been in my grasp. The life I want to live and the positive atmosphere I wish our world can be enveloped in is all possible if I simply reach out and embrace it. Karma is a work I have yearned for without realizing it, and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to access life-changing guidance at such a young age. This book is more than worth the read, and I will eagerly go back to it to learn something new every time. I am more determined than ever before to live life with the vigor I have always had and begin the ascension into a new era of transformation for us all. I am positive "Karma" will bring about a wave of conscious seekers and challenge the norm. I am beyond excited to see what else Sadhguru has in store and am happy to hitch a ride on the journey. Liberation is no longer something I chase; it is just a part of me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arvind Benegal

    Karma means Action. Your life is your Karma. It is entirely your doing! With these simple yet profound truths, Sadhguru delves into exploring the mechanics of this oft misunderstood and maligned word. It leaves the reader with said truths prevailing and shining through this riveting and utterly absorbing user manual, which most of humanity has unfortunately long ignored to pay attention to. The book aims to completely upend the conventional misinterpretation of the term Karma, and succeeds brillia Karma means Action. Your life is your Karma. It is entirely your doing! With these simple yet profound truths, Sadhguru delves into exploring the mechanics of this oft misunderstood and maligned word. It leaves the reader with said truths prevailing and shining through this riveting and utterly absorbing user manual, which most of humanity has unfortunately long ignored to pay attention to. The book aims to completely upend the conventional misinterpretation of the term Karma, and succeeds brilliantly by providing utmost clarity about what it really is! What becomes clear through the entirety of this wonderfully crafted manual is that Karma is the most dynamic way to exist, and brings to fore our own limitations in dealing with it head on. Karma is an elaborate and sophisticated mechanism, but we simply don’t have a grip on it, primarily because we haven’t taken charge of our life and faculties! Even when one is not doing anything in particular, one’s body, mind, emotions and energy are all in action. These four actions of Karma are happening every moment of one’s life - in wakefulness and in sleep. The real question is how much of it has been conducted consciously, and how much is purely accidental? With his inimitable wit and wisdom, Sadhguru demystifies this complex subject into a practical guide, enabling and empowering one to craft one’s own destiny.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Gilmore

    Tour de Force from Sadhguru, maybe his best yet. For folks who come from a skeptical or scientific perspective, it's great because Sadhguru speaks to this-he says don't believe anything he says. Why read then? Try it as a working hypothesis and see whether this model captures your experience. I am only about a third through the book but already it is making me think in new ways about how I am creating recurring patterns that I did not even see as patterns before the book, much less see my role i Tour de Force from Sadhguru, maybe his best yet. For folks who come from a skeptical or scientific perspective, it's great because Sadhguru speaks to this-he says don't believe anything he says. Why read then? Try it as a working hypothesis and see whether this model captures your experience. I am only about a third through the book but already it is making me think in new ways about how I am creating recurring patterns that I did not even see as patterns before the book, much less see my role in creating them. A crucial aspect is discovering how I am getting new understandings because the book highlights assumptions made about karma, a main one being that it is about reward and punishment for good or bad actions. I think this is a mindset I imbibed unconsciously from the way spirituality or God is understood overall in American culture. The book highlights assumptions like this and offers a different premise to try and I am experiencing this as opening new possibilities for creating my life the way I want it. It's also especially worthwhile for people interested in spirituality and self-help or psychology because a unique explanation of karma that I have not heard before, so for people interested in spirituality or self-help it's really worthwhile.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine Perakis

    I had no idea, before reading Sadhguru’s Karma book, just how wrong I got it. I thought that “karma” was a system of punishments and rewards, that when misfortune happened, I was paying back a past-due debt, and good deeds were a deposit towards some future reward. Even if I handled whatever was thrown my way, I secretly believed that I didn’t really have control, and life felt like suffering – a series of judgments of good and bad, with no equanimity. In this beautiful, eye-opening book, Sadhgur I had no idea, before reading Sadhguru’s Karma book, just how wrong I got it. I thought that “karma” was a system of punishments and rewards, that when misfortune happened, I was paying back a past-due debt, and good deeds were a deposit towards some future reward. Even if I handled whatever was thrown my way, I secretly believed that I didn’t really have control, and life felt like suffering – a series of judgments of good and bad, with no equanimity. In this beautiful, eye-opening book, Sadhguru turns the tables by showing us clearly that Karma is an empowering possibility for taking charge of our lives by choosing how we respond to what is happening. This book gives us the tools and actual practices to make this shift in taking responsibility, as the first step towards our true liberation and a more conscious planet. Sadhguru challenges us to start by bringing joy and gratitude to everything we do, and eliminating a single question, “what about me?” as a necessary step to annihilate an inflated sense of self-importance to reach our true potential, as individuals and as a part of humanity. I cannot think of a more important book to share!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kushagra Singh

    A book cannot contain Karma as a concept and its intricacies; Karma is an experience that dawns upon a seeker in time. Sadhguru isn’t trying to explain intricate philosophies as well via the book. Through the book, he espouses a way of living that no matter what kind of action you perform, you can make it joyful for you. What I most admire and resonate with Sadhguru is how he treats karma as a matter of taking responsibility. Without getting into endless debates on how, what, when, why (although A book cannot contain Karma as a concept and its intricacies; Karma is an experience that dawns upon a seeker in time. Sadhguru isn’t trying to explain intricate philosophies as well via the book. Through the book, he espouses a way of living that no matter what kind of action you perform, you can make it joyful for you. What I most admire and resonate with Sadhguru is how he treats karma as a matter of taking responsibility. Without getting into endless debates on how, what, when, why (although such themes are addressed to an extent), the reader is encouraged to take stock of what is and try and make something good from it for themselves and the world around them. The long time followers of Sadhguru’s work will not find any new content as such. Much of the book’s content has already been disseminated in Inner Engineering programs, the Inner Engineering book etc. However, the book is a nice reinforcement of the good ideas accumulated from the programs and is a page turner. Everyone will enjoy the book as well written, easily understood (at least on gross level) and comes handy with nice exercises (Sadhna) one can try and experiment by themselves. A pleasant read. 😊

  13. 5 out of 5

    Faiyam Rahman

    Sadhguru has been a part of my life since late 2017 when I took his InnerEngineering course and learned Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. Since then I've learned several other practices offered by him through the Isha Foundation, and I am truly truly grateful for how profoundly they've changed my life. With this new book on Karma, Sadhguru is continuing on in his way of bringing a fresh and incisive way of expounding age old concepts. By now everyone has heard the word Karma and has some rudimentary id Sadhguru has been a part of my life since late 2017 when I took his InnerEngineering course and learned Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. Since then I've learned several other practices offered by him through the Isha Foundation, and I am truly truly grateful for how profoundly they've changed my life. With this new book on Karma, Sadhguru is continuing on in his way of bringing a fresh and incisive way of expounding age old concepts. By now everyone has heard the word Karma and has some rudimentary idea of what it means. What Sadhguru does in this book is break apart our rudimentary ideas on Karma to instead show us the deep mechanics of his this residue of all our past volition drives so much of our lives. And moreover, he gives us an intellectual foundation upon which to understand how to use this unavoidable existential mechanism to our favor. He explains the science, and then begins to point the way towards the technology that can transform karma from a source of bondage to a means for a divine existence. If you're genuinely curious to know how to take your life to the next level (and beyond), this book can do wonders for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    mahesh

    Received this copy on Apr 27th, Content in the book try to debunk the myth and distortion corrupting the meaning of "Karma". Once you reach the ending of the book, Your discretion theory of Karma will take a turn towards personal responsibility. The book is divided into three segments Firstly, it reveals the fallacy in our understanding of Karma and offers an authentic meaning. Secondly, it explores Karma yoga and the reduction of different types of karma through conscious practice. Every main t Received this copy on Apr 27th, Content in the book try to debunk the myth and distortion corrupting the meaning of "Karma". Once you reach the ending of the book, Your discretion theory of Karma will take a turn towards personal responsibility. The book is divided into three segments Firstly, it reveals the fallacy in our understanding of Karma and offers an authentic meaning. Secondly, it explores Karma yoga and the reduction of different types of karma through conscious practice. Every main topic ends with Sadhana in between to assimilate practice along with the wisdom. Lastly, books end with a question and answers related to Karma. Though Content is enlightening and profound, You might get jaded to read if you have read Sadhguru's previous book because all these topics are explored in a separate chapter of the previous books. If you need an honest answer, I have learned nothing novel here, the Sole purpose of buying this book is to contribute to the ISHA Foundation for the good fare of those in need. If you are already read Karma yoga by Vivekandad and previous books By Sadhguru, You might not be going to enjoy it entirely.

  15. 4 out of 5

    bookstahere

    The word 'Karma' is so often used that we think of it in too simplistic terms and the commonly used meaning doesn't do it justice even a bit. Thankfully we have modern day gurus like Sadhguru to explain and impart knowledge on the deep philosophy of “karma” and demystify it for ordinary people like us. It starts off with the roots of the word on a base level to the whole world behind the concept as well. People always blame karma for everything bad that occurs in their lives but this book will The word 'Karma' is so often used that we think of it in too simplistic terms and the commonly used meaning doesn't do it justice even a bit. Thankfully we have modern day gurus like Sadhguru to explain and impart knowledge on the deep philosophy of “karma” and demystify it for ordinary people like us. It starts off with the roots of the word on a base level to the whole world behind the concept as well. People always blame karma for everything bad that occurs in their lives but this book will explain how it can actually be controlled by us itself. How things merge into us from surroundings, into our memories, into our genes is all explained beautifully yet in simple terms. The writing also follows the same witty Sadhguru style with real life relevant examples to reach out to people of all spheres of life. The language is simple, straightforward, not too flowery and is of conversational style to be consumed by all. I absolutely recommend everyone to read this book and take a trip on the whole topic of “Karma”. This one is bound to be an enlightening read without a doubt! If Sadhguru is new to you, you should definitely look into his videos on youtube!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trent

    Reading “Karma” was a profound journey of realizing just how little I actually understood about karma. As I came to terms with all the falsehoods I’ve held about this term, I began to understand that karma offers the possibility of living in a conscious and inclusive manner. “Karma” illustrated the immense agency I have in moving from habitual and compulsive patterns to action that is discerning and conducive for my growth. I have found its insights trickling into my daily routine and activities Reading “Karma” was a profound journey of realizing just how little I actually understood about karma. As I came to terms with all the falsehoods I’ve held about this term, I began to understand that karma offers the possibility of living in a conscious and inclusive manner. “Karma” illustrated the immense agency I have in moving from habitual and compulsive patterns to action that is discerning and conducive for my growth. I have found its insights trickling into my daily routine and activities -- continuous reminders that my life is my making. I no longer see karma as a bondage or punishment system; rather, I experience it as a pathway to a liberated life. Beyond all the lessons learned, what stood out most to me was Sadhguru’s emphasis on the miracle of being human: we have the potential to live in absolute freedom, crafting an enduring experience of joy, bliss and peace. I feel inspired to work upon myself and see my life as an intentional expression of my happiness -- no longer a pursuit of it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara K

    I would not look for a book called Karma, but when gifted with this I was taken by the full title Karma, A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny. To see my life as self-created and not an accidental occurrence, gave me the inertia to go further. On the second read now of many I anticipate, as the book contains a complex subject matter regarding karma, yogic sciences and experiential tools to apply insights regarding the discussions. It is organized clearly into 3 parts. Part 1 examines the work I would not look for a book called Karma, but when gifted with this I was taken by the full title Karma, A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny. To see my life as self-created and not an accidental occurrence, gave me the inertia to go further. On the second read now of many I anticipate, as the book contains a complex subject matter regarding karma, yogic sciences and experiential tools to apply insights regarding the discussions. It is organized clearly into 3 parts. Part 1 examines the workings of the Karmic mechanism and its influence in shaping human personality. “Human conditioning is experienced on many levels body, mind and energy.” I had no idea of the vast reservoir of memory that we carry and its potential to entangle our actions. Part 2 describes ways to handle the influence of karma and to liberate oneself from it. Part 3 is devoted to answering the heartfelt questions asked of the author, Yogi over 35 years. My questions are there, I am sure they are universal, the response to these questions sinks deeply into my core. In reading this book I am finding an effective path, discovery to joy and freedom.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Manuela M.

    I can remember hearing the word Karma since I was in grammar school. Everyone was using it especially when they thought something unfortunate happened to someone they would immediately say, “Oh it’s their karma.” I was reluctant to buy into that explanation for the events that play out in someone’s life-whether good or bad. That always felt like a trap or a blanket to hide under. But I was not able to find anything new on the subject although I read a lot of books and attended several lectures th I can remember hearing the word Karma since I was in grammar school. Everyone was using it especially when they thought something unfortunate happened to someone they would immediately say, “Oh it’s their karma.” I was reluctant to buy into that explanation for the events that play out in someone’s life-whether good or bad. That always felt like a trap or a blanket to hide under. But I was not able to find anything new on the subject although I read a lot of books and attended several lectures through the years. I wanted a better understanding of the concept and how one could use it to work on oneself and progress on the spiritual path. And now finally here it is. This book takes you from a basic premise to a vivid explanation with some practices (sadhana) as well. It offers opportunities for self-reflection and verification. Best of all it offers a way to be renewed and fresh each day! – now that’s freedom!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lily Vreeland

    This book is an exceptional dive into the heart of what Karma is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it. This book is a must read for anyone who has wanted to make a life of their own but doesn't know where to start or how to change long embedded patterns. The accompanying Sadhana practices allow you to quickly and purposefully integrate the teachings of the book into your own life. While reading, I was amazed at both the depth to which Sadhguru offers guiding clarification of the in This book is an exceptional dive into the heart of what Karma is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it. This book is a must read for anyone who has wanted to make a life of their own but doesn't know where to start or how to change long embedded patterns. The accompanying Sadhana practices allow you to quickly and purposefully integrate the teachings of the book into your own life. While reading, I was amazed at both the depth to which Sadhguru offers guiding clarification of the inner workings of Karma, while still maintaining an accessible writing style. This book as truly helped me realize many embedded patterns and compulsions I wasn't even aware of, but also to have the responsibility to make necessary changes to let go of them. Very grateful for such a clear and detailed explanation of what Karma truly is, rather than the confusion in how the word is so often thrown around. Will definitely be revisiting this book several times over.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Harithsa Vishruth

    I have to give 5 stars to this. This is not a one-time read kind of book. It is more sophisticated technology than any other. Windings of Karma are completely based on life force. One simple thing we can take away from this book is, live this life fully without dwelling on the past and predicting the future. Life is the greatest gift and magic altogether and we don't need for any miracles to happen as we already in the miracle. Unwinding Karma can be done in 3 ways, Physical, Mental and Spiritua I have to give 5 stars to this. This is not a one-time read kind of book. It is more sophisticated technology than any other. Windings of Karma are completely based on life force. One simple thing we can take away from this book is, live this life fully without dwelling on the past and predicting the future. Life is the greatest gift and magic altogether and we don't need for any miracles to happen as we already in the miracle. Unwinding Karma can be done in 3 ways, Physical, Mental and Spiritual. As long as we work hard without expecting something as a reward, consider that we are burning Karma. If you are conscious enough and say you need to burn it, then it is deep Karma. Attaining spirituality is the whole process of life where everything is connected. Wonderfully crafted book by Sadhguru to make us understand what exactly we are missing in life and how we all can come forward to help each other which in turn serves the whole purpose of creation. End of the movie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dida Benferhat

    Setting the record straight on a word so lightly used Sadhguru explores the meaning of Karma in his unique and insightful way. He delves into explaining the complicated mechanisms of what constitute Karma. Whether sleeping or living... Karma does happen biologically, psychologically, in a conscious or unconscious way! Demystifying the word and tackling its positive and negative sides Sadhguru let us know that Karma is not a dead end! With the proper tools that he offers, Sadhguru demonstrate tha Setting the record straight on a word so lightly used Sadhguru explores the meaning of Karma in his unique and insightful way. He delves into explaining the complicated mechanisms of what constitute Karma. Whether sleeping or living... Karma does happen biologically, psychologically, in a conscious or unconscious way! Demystifying the word and tackling its positive and negative sides Sadhguru let us know that Karma is not a dead end! With the proper tools that he offers, Sadhguru demonstrate that one can enhance their own life by being conscious of cyclical patterns, patterns that often confine us to live a restricted and limited life. So rather than Karma being a curse, it is all about making it into a friend and a source of empowerment! :) Delightful and enlightening read. Thank you Sadhguru!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alida

    This book should literally be on the hands of every human being who can read! Sadhguru sheds light on the fundamentals of life with piercing clarity, leaving no room for speculation, belief or disbelief, because what is crystal clear we need not believe or disbelieve - we can SEE and KNOW for ourselves. I'd say this is probably the most empowering book ever! It shifts ones perspective from untruth to truth, from living in fear of the unknown to becoming masters of our lives. As the saying goes " This book should literally be on the hands of every human being who can read! Sadhguru sheds light on the fundamentals of life with piercing clarity, leaving no room for speculation, belief or disbelief, because what is crystal clear we need not believe or disbelieve - we can SEE and KNOW for ourselves. I'd say this is probably the most empowering book ever! It shifts ones perspective from untruth to truth, from living in fear of the unknown to becoming masters of our lives. As the saying goes "only truth shall set you free", this book is definitely a key to unlock the truth of our existence and why our experience of life is the way it is and how we can take charge of that. A gift to the world - please make use of it! 🙏🌹

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Very good but a bit confusing, or overwhelming, to me at times. Sadhguru is a fully enlighten being, and speaks from experience and observation. There is an abundance of information and I would say that not everyone will be receptive to what is conveyed. He asks only that you explore and observe for yourself, not to blindly trust. He intertwines sadhanas, tools for self exploration, so you can do so. He dispels myths about Karma and explains how one can work toward not accumulating anymore as we a Very good but a bit confusing, or overwhelming, to me at times. Sadhguru is a fully enlighten being, and speaks from experience and observation. There is an abundance of information and I would say that not everyone will be receptive to what is conveyed. He asks only that you explore and observe for yourself, not to blindly trust. He intertwines sadhanas, tools for self exploration, so you can do so. He dispels myths about Karma and explains how one can work toward not accumulating anymore as we all work in this lifetime to burn up our allotted karma. My only wish is that he elaborate more on certain topics.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Zinkhan

    This is a powerful book. It not only teaches about karma but also teaches how to change your karma or at the very least how to have some separation from your karma. It has simple practices throughout the book to help bring the concepts into your own experience.It is one of those books that you can read a little at a time and notice how it changes your perspective throughout the day. I did not know anything about Karma before reading this book, and this has been a great introduction. The structur This is a powerful book. It not only teaches about karma but also teaches how to change your karma or at the very least how to have some separation from your karma. It has simple practices throughout the book to help bring the concepts into your own experience.It is one of those books that you can read a little at a time and notice how it changes your perspective throughout the day. I did not know anything about Karma before reading this book, and this has been a great introduction. The structure of the book makes it easy to pick and choose what you want to read about, and I can see this structure making it easy to refer back to.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bradford

    I was captivated from the first sentence. Like many others in the West, my understanding of karma was based on the pop-culture version of some cosmic code of an eye for an eye. Sadhguru explains the mechanism and science of karma and how it works in such a way that it makes you keep reading and turning pages until you finish. So many questions are answered in this book, about family, health, luck, and life circumstances. I also appreciated the simple techniques that anyone can do dispersed throu I was captivated from the first sentence. Like many others in the West, my understanding of karma was based on the pop-culture version of some cosmic code of an eye for an eye. Sadhguru explains the mechanism and science of karma and how it works in such a way that it makes you keep reading and turning pages until you finish. So many questions are answered in this book, about family, health, luck, and life circumstances. I also appreciated the simple techniques that anyone can do dispersed throughout the chapters. The pages are loaded with wisdom, truth, and Sadhguru's sense of humor and clarity. This will be a classic that people will be reading for generations.

  26. 5 out of 5

    yash kulkarni

    Above all the best thing about this book other than the content in it is the proficiency and command over English that Sadhguru has. It’s absolutely remarkable. Also Karma is extremely misunderstood and the west has a lot to contribute to it but through this book Sadhguru demystifies and untangles the mystery of Karma. His flow of thoughts are clearly reflected through this book. Although most of the questions are meticulously answered some questions still remain but that is the beauty of this b Above all the best thing about this book other than the content in it is the proficiency and command over English that Sadhguru has. It’s absolutely remarkable. Also Karma is extremely misunderstood and the west has a lot to contribute to it but through this book Sadhguru demystifies and untangles the mystery of Karma. His flow of thoughts are clearly reflected through this book. Although most of the questions are meticulously answered some questions still remain but that is the beauty of this book. Once we start putting it in action all these questions will automatically be dissolved. Overall a great book and a must read to unravel the workings of Karma and how we can transcend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ronan Colfer

    I am currently reading this book by Sadhguru and so far it is a really wonderful and insightful read. I'm already learning a lot about what karma is and isn't, and I find it a difficult book to put down as the content that Sadhguru is bringing to light is just so deep and profound in my opinion, yet it is delivered in such a clear way, as well as with lots of humor as there are many Shankaran Pillai anecdotes so far. I am very excited to continue reading this great book and to find out more abou I am currently reading this book by Sadhguru and so far it is a really wonderful and insightful read. I'm already learning a lot about what karma is and isn't, and I find it a difficult book to put down as the content that Sadhguru is bringing to light is just so deep and profound in my opinion, yet it is delivered in such a clear way, as well as with lots of humor as there are many Shankaran Pillai anecdotes so far. I am very excited to continue reading this great book and to find out more about how karma affects my life and how I can use it to live a life I truly want and not one based on compulsive cyclical tendencies

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Willaims

    Wow, this book is blowing me away. Just from reading the first chapter I felt so empowered and excited. Especially the Sadhana recommendations have been really powerful for me. I've been taking the book one chapter at a time and giving myself time to really explore these Sadhanas and I've been shocked at how such small things can make such a big difference. Already, just waiting that minute or two before eating my food has been huge. I hope many people get the chance to read this book and explor Wow, this book is blowing me away. Just from reading the first chapter I felt so empowered and excited. Especially the Sadhana recommendations have been really powerful for me. I've been taking the book one chapter at a time and giving myself time to really explore these Sadhanas and I've been shocked at how such small things can make such a big difference. Already, just waiting that minute or two before eating my food has been huge. I hope many people get the chance to read this book and explore for themselves - this can be life-changing!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Giorgio

    Sadhguru talks about karma like how a mechanic talks about cars. Really refreshing read and incredible insights. His yogic approach on karma is surprisingly scientific, as there are many methods in the book for us to test out and verify what he said so we don't use take his word for it. And these methods are tools of awareness to help us to better understand the fundamental nature of karma and can be used to better our lives. It's a book that takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. As Sadhguru talks about karma like how a mechanic talks about cars. Really refreshing read and incredible insights. His yogic approach on karma is surprisingly scientific, as there are many methods in the book for us to test out and verify what he said so we don't use take his word for it. And these methods are tools of awareness to help us to better understand the fundamental nature of karma and can be used to better our lives. It's a book that takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. As for myself, due to the amount of content, a second read is almost a must.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy M

    Amazing book! I have this book as audio as well as in hardcopy and I have to say it is my favorite read of 2021. The book is full of relatable content that deals with a real-life concept in a witty, funny and digestible way. I find myself listening to this book while driving and walking and reading the book, highlighting remarkable passages over and over again. I tragically lost my teenage son, and this book has really helped shed new light on the whole tribulation. I am giving this book as a gi Amazing book! I have this book as audio as well as in hardcopy and I have to say it is my favorite read of 2021. The book is full of relatable content that deals with a real-life concept in a witty, funny and digestible way. I find myself listening to this book while driving and walking and reading the book, highlighting remarkable passages over and over again. I tragically lost my teenage son, and this book has really helped shed new light on the whole tribulation. I am giving this book as a gift to my family members and recommending it to my colleagues. Truly an excellent read!

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