My Karmakshetra

I am the Youth

Ego and Identification – Youth

The player is in her youth. She experiences the need to “establish her identity” and “to associate with a group / ideology”. She experiences her “ego”.

Here, the player tempers her ego through “paramārtha” (selfless service), dharma (conscious and “stateless” action) and “dāna” (charity). She is also vulnerable to “kusangati” (bad company) as suggested by the 3 ladders and the snake at this level.

This also the stage of the 3rd chakra (manipuraka) which is located at the root of the navel in the lumbar plexus. The element of the 3rd chakra is fire and the colour is red. The dominant sensory experience is sight. The sleeping posture associated with this stage is the “soldier” (on the back) for 6 to 8 hours nightly. Tāntric texts suggest that mastering this chakra gives the yogin the power the power of healing. She is able to destroy sorrow and disease and gain the knowledge of the different lokas (planes of existence).

Paramārtha

If you are pleased with me, take all these subjects to heaven; I do not care for it: I will perform a great penance for the sole object of benefiting others. – Induprabha, Kathā Sarita Sāgar

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Cintā

dvija uvāca
nāyaḿ jano me sukha-duḥkha-hetur
na devatātmā graha-karma-kālāḥ
manaḥ paraḿ kāraṇam āmananti
saḿsāra-cakraḿ parivartayed yat
-Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.23.42

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Susaṅgati

śṛṇvan bhagavato ‘bhīkṣṇam
avatāra-kathāmṛtam
śraddadhāno yathā-kālam
upaśānta-janāvṛtaḥ
sat-saṅgāc chanakaiḥ saṅgam
ātma-jāyātmajādiṣu
vimuñcen mucyamāneṣu
svayaṁ svapnavad utthitaḥ
-srimad bhagvatam 7.14.3-4

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Kusaṅgati

dambho darpo ’bhimanas cha krodhah parusyam eva cha
ajnanam chabhijatasya partha sampadam asurim
Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance—these qualities belong to those of demoniac
nature (16.4)

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Swarga

eteṣu hi bila-svargeṣu svargād apy adhika-kāma-bhogaiśvaryānanda-bhūti-vibhūtibhiḥ susamṛddha-bhavanodyānākrīḍa-vihāreṣu daitya-dānava-kādraveyā nitya-pramuditānurakta-kalatrāpatya-bandhu-suhṛd-anucarā gṛha-pataya īśvarād apy apratihata-kāmā māyā-vinodā nivasanti.
-Srimad Bhagavatam 5.24.8

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Dharma

Dharma protects those who uphold it. Dharma does not destroy, nor can Dharma be destroyed. – Manusmriti 8.15

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Dāna

“With the pronunciation of “”tat”” and without desire of fruit are performed the various acts of
sacrifice; Firmness in discipline and charity is “”sat””. Any action thus performed is “”sat””, it is real
– Bhagavad Gita 17.25-27 ”

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Karma Yoga

“Work done as a sacrifice for Viṣṇu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kuntī, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage.”
_Bhagvad Gita

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