With no knowledge of what one had been and no clue as to what one would be, why worry about the karma ledger? On top of it, in terms of clarity, D/L scoring for rain-affected matches in cricket is better than Karma scoring!
Previous birth has 3 connotations: (1)Our previous birth (2)Our own yester-years in the current birth, (3) Previous generation, which is our parents
In this, Parents’ Karma is the most menacing thing, because it implies that our bad karma will affect our children and that’s a chilling thought capable of blackmailing one into clocking good karma points.
‘Service / Dhaanam’ with humility is Indian ethos as against ‘help’ with overt or covert conceit.
Service, in Hinduism, is a self-cleansing act and operates at individual level. ‘Service’ is seen as a good Karma and is carried out to mitigate the effects of bad karma. The philosophy is that effects of karma can be countered only by another karma of the same individual.
Service is also seen as an Ankusa (a stick with which mahouts control elephants) to tame the ego. Hence, while one is offering Service, it shd be done with humility, almost thanking the beneficiary for providing an opportunity to service him. Scholars like Kanchi Paramacharya are against creating an organization for providing service and they prescribe Service at individual level. Where there is Organization, there is structure and hierarchy. Where there is structure and hierarchy, there is Ego which is counterproductive to the basic objective of Service, which is emancipation from ego. Rotary too is not an exception!
With such lofty values in the country, one is shocked to see the donors’ vanity when they paint their names even on the tube-lights donated to temples, sacrificing the luminescence of the light as well as the self !