Was God responsible for your imperfect life or shortcomings? In Gita 5.15, Lord Krishna states:" Neither the sense of acting; nor actions, nor connections of cause and effect comes from the Lord of this world. These three arise from Nature". Prakriti or Nature is constituted of the five elements: akasa, vayu, agni, apah and prithivi – ether, air, fire, water and earth. Akasa is equated with space, is the substratum on which the other four elements play their parts. You see, good and evil emanates from them in the course of their interactions, but is akasa affected by these medications? Is the Sun affected in way just because you make remarks? No it is not. In the same way, Isvara remains unaffected by the merit and demerits in beings.
Atma seems to take the characteristics of Prakriti, while actually It does not. People who are sunk in ignorance impose the traits of prakriti on Atman and get deluded.Their knowledge is veiled by maya. Iswara is bliss and Perfect Poise. Sri Krishna explains that He is not the creator or doer nor is he the enjoyer, and He has no connections with the cause and effect. Karma has no place in His blessedness. Isvara does not take note of the merit or demerit of any. Knowledge is veiled by ignorance; mortals are thereby deluded.
God neither creates your worries, problems or imperfections. God does not take credit for your perfections; neither does he find a remedy for your imperfections. They are not in your business of merits and demerits and the resulting karma phala.
The doctrine of karma phala sets the natural law as man himself being responsible for his good or bad actions. Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. Man has to lead a life to correct the course of his life. No-one else is going to carry your load; it is yours to carry despite your imperfections and as long as the sanchita karma stock lasts. Just be yourself even if you have to cling to your imperfections. That is prarabdha karma. You are still unique and not some-one’s definition of life as he may be having his imperfections due to his karma-phala. You define yourself according to your truths. Let the other person accept you on your terms. No-one should be beating you down to silence because you are imperfect in their eyes. That comparison makes them imperfect and he or she is only adding on their sanchita karma.
Yogi Ananda Saraswathi