it is more a law of causation. we make our own world, our own happiness or unhappiness. we may want to point fingers and blame this and that and say it's uncontrollable, but every circumstance we choose how we respond or react. like cause and effect. when I was a teenager, I would blame everything on god.
when we say we're happy because so and so did this or an outside source/force made me happy.... who then is in control of your mind? we are made to be in control of our minds.
that's why it's fruitless to argue about politics or religion because so many don't want to take account for their own life, their own situation. it's so easy to blame it on the current administration or to blame it on missing church one day and now I've got a big x against me. if something 'bad' happens, it happens, now we deal with it. why go through life blaming?
I haven't figured it out but I know when I think about doing something that I question morally maybe, I think about karma and I know that whoever did something to hurt me or hurt someone I love will get theirs. And everytime they do. But what frustrates me is you have to have patience because it doesn't happen quick enough. Karma will kick you in the a**.
Sometimes I don't believe in Karma because so many good people go through so much undeserved pain. And what is their karma? Punished for being good? While the unjust parade around with no real consequence to their insouciant behaviors. I do hope that they will get what they deserve...but in the meantime, I am well aware that the world is a cruel, cruel place.
There are often other factors at play. Psycho-genealogy teaches that we sometimes agree to suffer (at a subconscious level) on behalf of our parents and ancestors. IE We can take on debts, and even physical illnesses on their behalf. We sometimes carry in our very cells the memory of the deeds of our ancestors, and agree to pay the price through "an invisible family loyalty".
This may explain in part why some people can live exemplary lives, yet still suffer.
Is Karma meant to 'pay off' in this life? or is it your ticket to a 'better' place in the next life. Not wanting to get too religious here but hey we are talking about Karma. It could be how India uses the Caste system in a way, be good in this life and you will move up social standing in the next, be bad and you move down.
i think that's a good question. I think if you really just tune in to yoga breathing next to a fire place that could help. Looking at the fire and hearing the fire reminds all of us how we used to be. Love all by the way i practice meditation and it helps with stress.
Imagination plays a very important role in our lives. Imagination is more important than knowledge - Albert Einstein
Please google Dr. Brian Weiss and find out more about the validity of past lives.
"As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from "the space between lives," which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss's family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami."
Karma isn't what most Westerners think it is. It doesn't mean if you do something bad then someone else will do that bad thing to you. It just means that every act has an effect, it's like dominoes.
So maybe you do something bad and nothing bad happens to you in this lifetime, but you don't advance spiritually, you don't learn, you pile up a sort of debt account of bad deeds, and it can be your children who pay, or your children's children, or the whole society. Your crappy actions can make everyone suffer for generations, yet you personally may die without realizing this.
All you have to do is look around you to see that people who do evil things do NOT always get repaid in kind during their own lifetimes. Crime seems to pay from a human perspective. But if you take a longer view, and a more spiritual view, you see that piling up negative karma is something to avoid. It's much harder to reverse negative karma once set in motion than to never do the bad thing in the first place--but it's almost impossible to avoid doing any bad things, that's the catch.
It's NOT 'what goes around, comes around.' That's not it.
Yeah, it's different. It's kind of like that idea in the Bible though--the sins of the father are visited on the son. Kind of like that. Like, you start with one bad act and it ripples out, down through generations, or out through society. Maybe it bites you personally, maybe not, but it messes up your spiritual *report card* because you're not supposed to be here hurting people. That's going backwards.
We can see God, Demons, Angels, etc, as a mirror of our self. Some times in life we are like God, doing the good, creating, loving everyone. But other times we could be demons doing bad things, destroying, hurting some people. We can be angels also, serving the world, our friends and even enemies.
May be the karma is teaching us to transform from evil creatures, to divine creatures. An the ultimate aim in this world is to become God. I 'm just thinking.
Karma. The consequences of acts done in this life and past lives.
There can be both individual and group Karma, even national and planetary karma. According to Buddhism, when we attain enlightenment we escape from the wheel of Karma and reincarnation.
There is no-one sitting in judgment, with a white beard and a big hat, dishing out punishment for “bad actions” whilst rewarding “good actions”. It is more a question of the Universe keeping itself in balance.
The Universe does not understand “good” and “bad”, these are human concepts. What the Universe operates on is energy and vibration.
Everything is energy, and everything is in vibration, in movement. Nothing is ever still. So-called “good things” have a higher level of vibration and “bad things” have a lower level of vibration. We can feel this.
So, if you send out higher vibrational thoughts, words and actions, then that is what the Universe will send back. And if you send out low level energies, then that is what you will get back. IE We create our world ourselves and need to take responsibility for it. There is no-one else to blame.
Also, some say that the more spiritually advanced we are (and therefore the higher our vibration) the quicker personal Karma comes back to us, arriving at the point where it is almost instant.
I believe in Karma if you do good things for the right reasons i.e not for praise or rewards, if you set out to try and cheat through things by working on good karma then you wont achieve the results you would expect from having 'good' Karma.
Sometimes I see Karma as a sort of optimistic euphemism. It's easier to just think "Karma", than to think about how much you or other people suffer compared to people that really should be suffering in your stead, but you know never will.
If we let karma or anything else rule how we live our lives we cease to have free will. If we live by knowing what is right and doing it without thinking we should have no regrets. Like Don McLean says, "I've done some bad, I've done some good, I've done a whole lot better than they thought I would."
I agree with Wavegirl22- I also feel religion aside, as that only proves to seperate us, one does not need to be 'religious' to follow the rule, "Treat those as you would like to be treated". I think morally it is just a good practice since most are so 'self-absorbed' believing what you do and how you treat others will inevitably come back to you will make a lot of people think twice.
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