How to manage Karma? How to control anger?

Acharya Prashant
6 min readDec 25, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Question: Acharya Ji, what is karma (action)? What is karmafal (fruits of action)? How to be free of the fruits of actions?

Acharya Prashant (AP): What is this thing called ‘Karma’?

Listeners (L): Sins. Doing the wrong things knowingly or unknowingly.

AP: Don’t be the same person who did all those things. If you remain the same person who did all those things, then your efforts towards erasing those things would just be a reinforcement, a reiteration of the very same things in another form.

Please understand.

I was someone who was very violent in the past and caused a lot of hurt to people through my violent behavior. And now I remain the same. Who am I? The violent one. But now I want to erase my ‘bad karma’ as our friend says. But who do I still remain? The violent one. And what would any act of this violent one comprise of? Violence. So even when I am trying to erase my so-called sins of the past, I would be indulging in further violence.

Freedom from karma (deeds) is not obtained through more karma. It is obtained through a dissolution of the karta, the doer. The one who did all those things has to be given a farewell.

And then all that you will now do will be a new story — a story complete in itself, and therefore not dependent on future for fruits. So no karmafal (fruit of the deeds) is being created then.

See that you were mistaken. Let there be a clear, deep, life-shaking, life-changing realization that you were totally, totally mistaken. That alone is repentance. Repentance does not mean doing something to repent. Repentance is to clearly see that the doer was false. False, mistaken, and therefore violent and loveless.

Q: But if the doer wants to do something? There is very impulsive energy.

AP: Doer doesn’t want to do ‘something’. Doer wants to do only one thing — preserve himself. By doing all the miscellaneous things that he does, he is centrally doing just one thing — self-preservation.

“I must remain.”

Acharya Prashant