Hinduism, Saivism, more specifically, talks about three Malas or three impurities, viz. anava (egoism), karma (actions) and maya (illusion) which readily cling to the soul once he is born in the world. These negative aspects encourage coveting worldly joy, thereby forgetting the importance of worship and the realization of the Almighty.

The individual soul born into this world is to know oneself and remove all suffering. But normally, instead of getting rid of his or her negativity, he or she is collecting and increasing his or her evil.

In other words, the soul is prevented from advancing into the kingdom of God, but is driven into unpopularity because of its loyalty to malas and impurities.

This pathetic attitude paves the way for the soul to experience pleasures and pains instead and karma guarantees frequent births and deaths. This process goes on and on.

Hinduism explains how the soul can solve a problem and achieve liberation. This world gives the soul many opportunities to eradicate impurities. The ego is directed towards a sense of pride in a devoted God. Actions are performed as a service to God, not selfishness.  Fame and deeds are not lured by maya(illusion).

Here, the soul realizes its intuitive nature and invokes God’s wisdom and love. This belief and intuitive wisdom sees human beings as one and God as one. The Hindu folk have not fully understood the concept of malevolence or impurity mentioned above.

Anava(Egoism)

Egoism is always present in an individual’s life. The Tamil word “anabam” is nothing but arrogance. It is egoism or self-assertion (Kathiresu, 1950: 42). It is nothing but ignorance and darkness. When a person performs some function or establishes a relationship with a fellow human, one must avoid becoming egoistic.

Words such as ‘I’, ‘Mine’, ‘Myself’ and so on should be eradicated from the mind of a Hindu. It must be understood that selfishness can give rise to lust, desire and hatred, all of which develop out of pride in status, lineage, skin color, caste, book knowledge and wealth. Unfortunately, we don’t see this in everyday life.

One of the reasons for mutual disrespect and misunderstanding is selfishness.

The 3 Malas - Deep Impurities Of Our Souls

Anava(Egoism)

Karma(Actions)

The concept of karma is also misinterpreted. What does karma mean? Karma means “action” or “action.” Hindus believe that whatever they do in this life, they will reap the corresponding fruit in the next life.

Reincarnation is widely accepted in Hinduism, which indirectly encourages Hindus to do good and ethical acts in order to have a better childbirth later. There is also the concept of heaven and hell which relatively directs the devotees to crave for heaven where life is bliss.

The law of karma is often related to the cause and effect. According to the law, what we sow must be reaped in this life or in the future. Good actions or punyakarma will bring loving reactions while selfish, hateful acts or papakarma will bring suffering.

Simply put, every action we take in our lives, every word we say, even every idea we think of, has a reaction.

The Law of Karma is a divine and self-governing justice system that automatically creates the appropriate future experience in response to the present action. Karma punishes sins and rewards good deeds whether they are known or not.

By understanding the consequences of their reactions, sooner or later individuals learn to refrain from committing a particular crime. Any good system of justice does not want repeating offenders. It wants individuals to understand the error of their ways and reform their behaviour.

Karma is our teacher. It teaches us to refine our behaviour.Karma also refers to our individual karma that we carry from life to life, both the karma to be resolved in this life, and the karma to be resolved in a future life.

The law of karma is slow. Consequences or fruits of actions may take several lives to come. This means the karma we are born with is comprised of rewards and punishments from many past lives that have yet to manifest, and are yet to be resolved.

The 3 Malas - Deep Impurities Of Our Souls

Our actions in the present are creating what we will experience in the future, even in future lives. The point here is that when we think about karma, we tend to think about the past. We reflect the rewards and punishments that are emerging from the past, and what we had to do to create them.

However, we must also think about our future in this life and lives to come. Our actions in the present affect this future, making it pleasant or unpleasant. Therefore, before acting, one has to re ect on the action’s karmic consequences and thereby consciously mould his future.

The ultimate future to consider is liberation from the cycle of birth and death. As long as we have karma to solve, we will be reborn on earth.

Therefore, individuals who are enthusiastic about spiritual progress take the creation and resolution of karma very seriously. Not only do they strive to act wisely now, but they also practice special religious practices to get rid of themselves in this life of karma, which will usually only appear in future life.

Karma can be effectively managed in the following ways:

  1. Forget the anger of all who have wronged you, for it causes many troubles.
  2. Why should those who rejoice when fate brings good to them groan when the same fate dictates disaster?
  3. If you return kindness for injuries received and forget both, those who harmed you will be punished by their own shame;
  4. All suffering recoils on the wrong doer himself. Therefore, those who do not want to suffer do not cause suffering to others;
  5. What is the use of knowing a man unless it leads him to prevent the pain of others as if it were his own?
  6. Draw near to the feet of who is free from lust and hate, and live forever free from suffering;
  7. Be unremitting in the doing of good deeds; do them with all your might and by every possible means;
  8. Keeping the day from passing without doing anything good is a rock that impedes your passage on the road to regeneration.
  9. The overarching principle is: Never intentionally harm anyone in any way;
  10. The burning pain of austerity purifies the soul brilliantly as the fierce fire of the kama refines gold to brilliance.

He blames karma when all the bad things happen to a person. He says that trying hard has no effect. Therefore, he thinks it is useless to try again. Such misunderstandings must be completely rejected.

First, karma can be changed through effective karma management principles. Second, the way we live in this life creates the karma you will face in the near future and in your future life. So why don’t we use the law of karma to create a future full of pleasant experiences rather than painful ones?

The second misconception says that my life is miserable. When my star changes, everything goes wrong. So I have to make a special prayer to get rid of karma This misunderstanding should also be rejected that the cause of the problem is not our own actions in the past, but the stars.

We must remember that planets and stars do not determine our karma or the actions of others. It is self-made and we are the source of all good, evil and mixed acts.

The 3 Malas - Deep Impurities Of Our Souls

Maya(Illusion)

Maya is defined as a simple and pure substance consisting of bodies, organs, words, and things of pleasure created from the elements that have been and are since eternity. (Katiresu,1950:46). Many of us are unaware of maya that can obstruct an individual’s wish to be with God.

Those who gain joy in worldly life and forget about the effects of temporary joy will definitely find it difficult to unite with God. Maya is not destroyed, but it can cause delusions. We must understand that maya is not a compulsory phenomenon but a result of ignorance, egoism and desire.

The easiest way to break free from attachments is to understand the everlasting grace of the Lord and find ways to be with Him.

The 3 Malas - Impurities Of The Soul

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