Questions on Karma

@derek_a (10904)
June 17, 2007 6:44am CST
If the past is gone and is no more, it is an illusion. Therefore, whatever we did in the past is also an illusion as it cannot, be revisited. So the karma we are working out, is all based on an illusion. If we can see the illusory nature of our fixation with the past, it would stand to reason that we could side-step our karma. Or could we? We learn not from blind acceptance (belief) of what anyone says, but from the questions we ask afterwards. Isn't that what is meant by "ask and you will recieve?" Your thoughts pleaseā€¦
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@student7 (1002)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I believe that karma happens in your life right now. I believe that we will get the result of an action sometime in our life. I don't believe that karma will get you to a better reincarnated life. I believe that karma is just the same as the golden rule. I believe that if you do good, good will come to you. If you do bad, bad will come to you.
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@derek_a (10904)
17 Jun 07
Thank you for posting. Yes, karma is happening constantly right now. How many of us can say that we are truly acting through our lives spontaneously? Can anybody claim to be acting out of pure creation without an event that preceded it? Is it indeed possible? Can we make a distinction between what we believe and what we know? Buddha communicated by example, that we can transcend karma into enlightenment whilst still in this physical body. Before his enlightenment, his life was subject to cause and effect (karma) the same as everyone else, yet just by sitting and stilling his mind, he could see the the cause of all suffering and teach, again by example the path to liberation from karma. Buddha, Jesus and all great teachers taught this :-)
@student7 (1002)
• United States
17 Jun 07
Well I do actually live my life as if the next second, minute is a spontaneous one. I always live my life and try to do good all the time. I feel that you are going through a spiritual crisis. I am just letting you know that life is full of spontaneous actions. I believe that when you die, you will be held accountable for all your actions whether they be good or bad. I don't believe the actions in your previous life will bring you back as another being or thing. I believe when you die, you die. I am not a big believer in reincarnation.
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@derek_a (10904)
17 Jun 07
Thank you again for sharing. Yes, I suppose you could say I am going through a spiritual crisis, that is what being a Zen practitioner is about. Always questioning and looking beyond the "reasonable" through the "crisis" that I experience, and aspiring to higher states of awareness, which can be very liberating. But to me, it is of no value to stay there, I go back into my zazen (Zen meditation) and "listen" some more. Yes, I have seen my life is full of spontaneous actions, but also I see a lot of automatic reactions coming from my conditioning. These reactions are valuable too, in a way that I can observe how they are structured and as a result aim to transcend once again. Sometimes it is one after another coming into consciousness, but that is a learning process. If I do not acknowledge that events of the world can have an effect on me, I will slip into denial and never grow at all. No I don't believe in reincarnation either, but would not deny that it *may* be a fact. I just do not know as I do not have an awareness of being here in a life before this one, only in dreams or imagination. I guess you could say I am focused more on what I can experience here and now, and do not foster beliefs of what is going to be, or what was, as that takes my mind out of the present moment:-)
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
5 Jan 08
By birth, I am a Hindu and follow the beliefs and convictions of the religious faith though not in very strict norms. I still cannot agree with the order that the present hardships that one faces is a direct repercussion of what one followed in his/her previous birth. Is God is so unjust as to mete out punishment to a poor soul who lives in the present existence with absolutely no knowledge of his/her past life? Hence isn't the blessedness or peril of day today life the result of one's present 'Karma'?
@derek_a (10904)
6 Jan 08
Thank you for posting... I don't see that God is unjust because we are so much more than the physical body and a discursive, analytical mind. I see life with all its trials and tribulations as lessons for the soul. If we can be right here, right now, recognising that past is no more and future is not yet, we can catch a glimpse of the "eternal now" and if we just witness this, we can transcend our karma - but the discursive mind cannot be so disciplined and thus karma is created immediately like long "chains" of thoughts (action and reaction). I don't see karma as anything bad, just the function of the world of opposites in which our souls are having experience. Karma becomes bad only if we consider it to be so, for the world is just the world. If our souls are eternal, then whatever we experience in this world is transient.:-) Derek
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• United States
24 Dec 07
ACtually the past is not always gone from our lives, there is also another saying "we learn from our past" that shows in many ways in our history. Karma is a thing that I have learned can hit you pretty hard (even when your not expecting it) and it can be gentle as a drop of rain in the spring.
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@derek_a (10904)
25 Dec 07
The past exists in memory. Memory may be distorted sometimes, If we are not willing for the negative past to be gone, it will stay with us. But it won't stay in "reality" but in the mind. We don't have to live in the past to use it's lessons.
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
19 Jan 08
mmmmmm, hi my friend As usual you make me think. OK, if all is an illusion except now then surely now is only our perception of a place in time that our senses dictate we must appreciate as NOW. In other words, isnt now just an illusion also, simply the way we make sense of the sensory stimulation our brains receive from the outside world. Because these are simply our interpritations of electronic impulses are they not also simply the inexact way we make sense of the unintelligable? blessed be