Suppose something terrible happens(death of my beloved pet), now this will cause me pain which is result of bad karma, but what if I maintain my neutral state and chose not to suffer? and treat it just like a normal incident?

does the bad karma get negated or it stays the same and pain comes in a different form?

EX: I know its not as simple as this but for the sake of my understanding:

If I suffer , New Bad karma = Previous Bad karma - X; Now this is normal right? the basic

Case 1: I didn't suffer, New Bad Karma = Previous Bad karma , since I didn't suffer and the pain didn't cause any change .

Case 2: I didn't suffer, New Bad karma = Previous Bad karma - X, my own pain and suffering has nothing to do with scales of karma

Will it be case 1 or 2?

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I'll try to explain it through the concept of sakarma (good actions), vikarma (bad actions), and akarma (spiritual actions) which is described in the Bhagavad Gita.

The results of sakarma and vikarma come into one's life for the destined duration only regardless of how they're perceived by the jiva which depends on his or her spiritual intelligence (which is a result of akarma in their current or previous lives).

Thus it is seen that there're some who undergo much material suffering but patiently tolerate them while others get easily disturbed in their minds.

Those who're able to maintain a state of mental equilibrium (known as the brahma-bhuta stage) at all times i.e., during material suffering as well as enjoyment attain the supreme Brahman and devotional service unto the Lord.

This is told by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita (18.54).

ब्रह्मभूत: प्रसन्नात्मा न शोचति न काङ्क्षति । सम: सर्वेषु भूतेषु मद्भ‍‍क्तिं लभते पराम् ॥

One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.

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