Sanchit Karmas (accumulated past deeds) are the deciding factor for rebirth. We need to extinguish them to get freedom from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Sanchit karmas are those karmas (deeds) which got accumulated over past births without giving any results to us for our sinful and virtuous deeds. These sanchit karmas wait for an opportune time to extinguish themselves by giving us pains or pleasures through a situation mostly unconnected with our present deeds. Whenever you face a pleasant or a painful situation, which you cannot attribute to any of your deeds in the present life, then know that they are the results of your deeds of your previous births and are part of your Sanchit Karmas.
Pleasant situations, even though unconnected to the present life deeds, are accepted without thinking but unpleasant situations are not easily accepted without feeling disappointed. Some of the examples where the situation may be unconnected to your present life deeds - If you incur unexpected loss or somebody scolds you for no fault of yours or you meet with an accident despite being on the right side and were made to pay damages to the other person. You will not remember having done anything wrong to anybody in this birth for which you are made to suffer so much and this fact agitates you more than anything else.
We never realize that all that which happens to us and which cannot be attributed to any doing in the present birth then it relates to past birth sanchit karma. Not realizing this fact we get bound to some new karmas by emanating vibes of revenge, blaming others or blaming God for the situation and remaining depressed. Even though Sanchit karmas (Accumulated past deeds) were trying to extinguish themselves through painful situation but you, by not accepting it as the result of your past karma, did not allow sanchit karmas to extinguish. Moreover under ignorance, you have further bound yourself to new karmas and adding to the sanchit karmas.
You need to do 3 things if you wish to extinguish and free yourself from sanchit karmas. Know that all unpleasant situations which cannot be attributed to any karma of present birth are the result of past birth karmas and are part of sanchit karmas. In such situations;
- Accept the situation as it is without cribbing about it and instead thank the person to have become the medium for bringing unpleasant situation in your life and for taking all the pains in helping you out to extinguish your sanchit karmas.
- Seek forgiveness from the person who became the medium to bring these unpleasant situations in your life for all the troubles he had to take for our cause.
- Pray for happiness and prosperity for that person, even though it appeared that the person had humiliated you, duped you or misbehaved with you. These actions have the power to free you from sanchit karmas and protect you from getting unconsciously entangled or bound to new karmas. If the process is followed from the deepest level of your heart you would experience getting rid of some unknown load from your head and experience attracting pleasant people and situations in life.