Definition - What does Asukla mean?
Asukla is a Sanskrit term that means “not white.” It is a word typically used with its opposite, akrishna (“not black”), as the compound word asukla-akrishna, which translates as “neither white nor black” and refers to a grading of karma. Because asukla-akrishna is not white or black, positive or negative, it is considered balanced karma. This balance is deemed necessary for the yogi to attain liberation from samsara, or the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Yogapedia explains Asukla
Karma refers to the works or actions of a person and the spiritual concept by which the person's actions affect their future fortunes, or their fortunes in the next life. Although, the western world thinks of karma in terms of the negative (papa) – someone who does something wrong will eventually face consequences. Karma can also be positive (punya). Karma is further categorized as:
- Sukla (white/good)
- Krishna (black/bad)
- Sukla-krishna (mixed)
- Asukla-akrishna (balanced)
When karma is in balance, it is said to be karmasamya (literally, “karma equality”).