Towards an Ethical Way of Life
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Most of us have heard the term karma, a Sanskrit word (कर्म) implying the interlinking of cause and effect. Karma signifies a moral caution and a stimulus to become responsible in life because when we cause harm to others by accident or even design, consequences will come back to us at some point.
The Dhammapada is one of the most sacred and best-loved of Buddhist texts. It points out the method of self-realization, by the way of moral conduct:
Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, Fashion from your life as many good deeds.
The text further enlightens on the nature of the karmic fruit:
For while the
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The mechanics of energy in nature
By Gauri Mataji Devi
The word karma has entered the vocabulary of all the modern languages and has become a household word, but often its meaning is trivialized and distorted due to cultural superimpositions and lack of proper information. It is generally used with the meaning of destiny, retribution or punishment, ie. what goes around comes around, as you sow, so shall you reap, or what you put out comes back.
In Abrahamic ideologies, this destiny is the “lot in life” incomprehensibly and unquestionably assigned by a tyrannical God to each individual at birth, and that must be accepted without discussion and without attempting to improve one’s situation.
To this fatalistic
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Sexuality and the human condition in spiritual context
By Gauri Mataji Devi
Many people have heard about the Kama sutra, but generally the ideas that circulate are rather distorted, vague and confused by ignorance and prejudice. Such prejudice is mostly due to the cultural superimposition of layers of prude bigotry and self-righteous moralism brought by iconoclastic Islamic dominator’s and later by Victorian British Christians.
Enforced by the abrahamic invaders, the wholesale condemnation of the intrinsic beauty and joy of the natural form and activities of the body, effectively destroyed the Vedic expressions of beauty and joy, or covered them with the thick plaster of shame.
And that’s not simply a manner of speaking: plaster physically obliterated
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You have the power to change your nature
In all the holy books of the world it is said that even the most despicable characters should they transform themselves progress to heaven and should the sick transform themselves, they will become well.
It has long been known but not very well discussed or understood that our DNA is malleable. This course is key to adaptation to new environments and not peculiar only to humans, but all life. A simple example is that children who ride horses, their pelvis will grow a little differently to those who never ride horses.
In a recent TV program (though the wormhole), Morgan Freeman and his experts were saying that DNA changes over time and
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Or How to Put God in Our Debt
“There is a silent third party in all our bargains. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put god in your debt.
Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.” (Emerson)
Perhaps this is what Jesus Christ had in mind when he said: “If any man take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also,” (Matthew 5:40), because:
Woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you will hunger. Woe to you that laugh now,
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The word karma is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘kri,’ meaning ‘to do,’ implying that all action is karma. Technically, the term incorporates both an action and its consequence. Thus Garuda’s karma consisted of the act of carrying away the bird and also its consequent snatching by the cruel hands of destiny.
Hence, a deed, pure in its content, led to an apparently unfavorable outcome. Through this subtle tale, we are made to confront a dilemma which constantly recurs in our own lives, namely, the relative impurity and purity of an action. Is an action to be deemed positive or negative solely on the basis of the result it generates? Or, is there some other criterion? Indeed there is.
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“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.” (Kahlil Gibran)
“Our daily activity is the anvil on which all the elements must pass and repass in order to be purified and refined.” (Sri Aurobindo)
“Work done in the true spirit is meditation.” (The Mother)
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj,’ meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘join’. Thus, yoga is the science that yokes ‘the finite’ with ‘the Infinite’, or ‘the finite spirit’ with ‘the Supreme Spirit’. Connecting ourselves with the universal will through work is known as Karma Yoga. Ancient scriptures call it the ‘highest kind of yoga.’
Karma yoga is a means for seeking divinity in action and life itself, and not in some far,
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Desire, Karma & Reincarnation
Four key ideas shaping Buddhism
Desire conjures many ideas, just think for a moment about all those desires running around inside your head… all those things you want, and remember that it is often the many untempered or unleashed desires which have landed people in trouble. The desire to possess causes some to commit offenses thereby causing harm to others.
Some branches of Buddhism advise eliminating desire from one’s life, however the purpose of Buddhism, Yoga and Tantra is to become wise, to know God and to want (desire) more than anything to experience true peace and harmony. So unless a person has the desire to achieve this, there is no
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