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Karma by Sadhguru: book review

It's all in your intentions

How do we see karma? Someone who will unsheathe the sword of justice on us? All the bad things that happen in our life are due to our karma, that’s how we project it. I always find that blaming karma is a way of escaping the present. Sadhguru in his book delved deeper into the inner meaning of karmas. That how karma is more than just good and bad deeds of life. He explains how “karma” is nothing but “work” which functions in three different layers of ourselves. He broke it into mind, body, and soul. It’s our intentions that seed the result in our life. For example, someone wants to become an IAS officer for fame and wealth whereas another one wants to become to remove social injustices and help civilians. Two completely different intentions for the same goal will give completely different results. That result is the outcome of our karma that we perform during the journey of preparation. With every chapter, he went a layer deeper into the understanding of karma and how it works. He shares his thoughts on memories that we hold onto, memories that we acquire by ourselves or got as heirloom treasures from our parents and grandparents. Those tiny little attributes pile up one above another to give final shape to our life. In its very crux, he focused on the purity of intention and the need to have emotional detachment so that we don’t imprison ourselves with different external substances. In the subsequent chapters, he talked about karma yoga, the intensity of keeping on remembering past events and going through the same pain over and over again. At the end of the day, it is solely our life’s purpose that ensures the very balance sheet we call karma.


What is karma? Most people understand karma as a balance sheet of good and bad deeds, virtues, and sins. The mechanism 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.

Karma by Sadhguru is published by Penguin Ananda and to order your copy buy here.


Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary. Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru's work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful. An internationally renowned speaker and author​ of the New York Times Bestseller Inner Engineering, A Yogi's Guide to Joy, Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, addressing issues as diverse as socioeconomic development, leadership, and spirituality. He has also been invited to speak at leading educational institutions, including Oxford, London Business School, IMD, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, and MIT. In February 2017, Sadhguru was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan Award by the Government of India, the highest annual civilian award, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.

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