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What Is Karma? The Mother of Yoga Explains In This Rare Interview

Among the Himalayan sages, only a few reach the supreme state of Samadhi, transcending physical and mental awareness and reaching oneness with the Divine. Those who do are called Siddha Masters, and it’s probably safe to say they are karma experts.

Siddha Masters usually live in seclusion, many never leaving the Himalayas. Therefore, they tend to be unknown to the public.

But Yogmata Keiko Aikawa is a rare exception. She is the first female and the first non-Indian Siddha Master, and only the second to appear in public.

Meet Siddha Master Yogmata

Yogmata is a renowned yoga master, often referred to as “The Mother of Yoga,” who now travels the world, promoting peace through sermons, blessings, courses, retreats, meditations, and yoga.

She is a regular special guest at United Nations events and celebrations and received the title Mahamandaleshwar (the Supreme Master of the Universe) from India’s most significant spiritual society.

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So when given the opportunity to interview someone who is considered a Supreme Master of the Universe, I jumped on it.

I wanted to get her take on karma. We often talk about it as a form of justice or an explanation of why bad things happen to certain people.

But as you’ll read in this interview with Siddha Master Yogmata, it is much bigger than that. It plays an integral part – if not the only part – in how our lives unfold day by day, and even minute by minute.

What Is Karma Exactly? Find Out From Siddha Master Yogmata Keiko Aikawa

This might be the most loaded question ever. Thankfully, we have a Siddha Master to explain everything we need to know.

1. YA: What is karma?

Yogmata: Karma means action. When you do something, you get results. If you do good things, good results are produced.

There is karma of the mind and of the body. Thoughts in our mind, words, and physical action are all karma.

An action produces a result, which in turn, produces a new action (or karma). This, in turn, produces a result. This continues without ceasing.

This might be the most loaded question ever. Thankfully, we have a Siddha Master to explain everything we need to know.

We all have this. The karma that is used when we are born into the next life is called samskara.

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The karma that is manifesting now is called bhoga. Furthermore, the karma that appears in the future is called prarabdha. The result creates the future.


2. YA: Where did the concept originate?

Yogmata: Karma was discovered by the Himalayan saints. They practiced meditation, immersed themselves in the deepest ultimate Samadhi, and encountered the true Self and the Truth. They realized the changes in the body and mind, and the unchanging eternal existence.

They realized what karma was. They understood how all the universe works – if this body is a self, or if this mind is a self. And then they understood the eternal being behind themselves – the unchanging being from where everything emerges, and to where everything goes back.

The history of Himalayan saints is over 5,000 years old. They meditated while pursuing the mechanism of the universe, the truth, and God, and they clarified the truth.

3. YA: What are some common misconceptions about karma?

Yogmata: Karma is not a judgment to discriminate against others. It’s not something to know if a person is a bad person or a good person.

Karma is not a judgment to discriminate against others. It is a hope that we can change our karma by changing our actions.

It is a hope that we can change our karma by changing our actions. It doesn’t mean that there is no hope because of our karma.

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4. YA: Why is it important?

Yogmata: People are affected by karma. Humans have a mind and karma is memorized in it. With that memory, desire is generated. Then, actions are born.

That is karma. People live, act, and create the work called themselves based on their karma.


5. YA: Can we change our karma?

Yogmata: Everyone is given an opportunity to evolve by correcting their karma through awareness. Only human beings can evolve by knowing the law of karma and controlling it. The sacred Himalayan teachings transcend karma.

Humans have a mind and karma is memorized in it.

What karma creates becomes memory. The action is memorized, and it remains in the mind. The result of the action is stored in the mind and body to make the person who he or she is. If we pay attention to what the memory is, we can change our karma.

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6. YA: How do we change our karma?

Yogmata: We encounter many things every day. Some are good and some are bad. We become aware of those things. The results of our actions are now manifesting.

We need to reflect on our actions now and correct them. For that to happen, we will make our actions good. We will make our thoughts good. We will make our words good. In doing so, we will be able to change the present and the future as well.

Negative events that have happened are the dissolution of our karma. We change the karma so that such negative memories will not cause another negative event.

And it is important to live with awareness. That is the way of living the sacred Himalayan teachings – a way of living to deepen our awareness.

The sacred Himalayan teachings are the path to enlightenment which changes our karma completely.

7. YA: How can we make changing our karma a consistent, daily practice?

Yogmata: We do good deeds with good thoughts. We resolve to do so and purify ourselves mentally. We purify the power within us to change the future.

We do good deeds well – for good causes. We live in the right way. We use our minds properly. We use our body correctly. We produce good results.

We actively help others in a way that makes them happy. The merit will come back to you. And we pray for the happiness of people. We pray for world peace. Prayer creates good karma.

Meditation purifies karma.

We meditate. Meditation purifies karma. We purify the subconscious mind. We also return to true self where there is no karma.

Then the results of the past are purified, and we become comfortable so that we will not be swayed by past negative energy. We also awaken our consciousness and live in the present. We act with awareness to keep our minds from going into the future or the past.

We try not to be at the mercy of karma. We can carve out our life for the better with good karma.

A Big YouAligned Thank You and All of Our Gratitude to Siddha Master Yogmata Keiko Aikawa

Thank you so much to Yogmata Keiko Aikawa for her thorough examination of what karma is, for sharing her wisdom, and for all her work toward world peace.

Her teachings help remind us all of the power that we hold. With intentional awareness, kind thoughts, and good deeds, we can change not just our karma, but our lives and the entire world around us.

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Kacie Main

Kacie is a writer, author – I Gave Up Men for Lent, the story of a jaded, hopelessly romantic, health-conscious party girl’s search for meaning – and host of The Better You podcast. She is blunt, honest, curious, and jokes that she is a party girl turned spiritual junkie.

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