Karma III- The creator of your present and future

“Everything that happens to you is outcome of your karma”Buddha

When I read this statement for the first time I did not understand its deep and hidden meaning. I wanted to understand what karma means and how it determine what happens to me. The journey of discovering the meaning of karma over the years made me refine my thoughts and actions.

Karma is an inventory of deeds you collect during your journey of life. Karma means “intentional action” and refers to the universal law of cause and effect. Karma is created not only by physical action, but also by thoughts and words.Just as action causes reaction, karma causes effects that come back to the original actor. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs. Every birth is conditioned by a past good or bad karma, which predominated at the moment of death. Continue reading “Karma III- The creator of your present and future”

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Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma

The journey which started with childhood curiosity of understanding God / Religion / Caste, took me to different milestones in my life. One important milestone was understanding the true meaning of Karma.

What is Karma?

“The Pali term Karma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action, whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as Karma. It covers all that is included in the phrase “thought, word and deed”. Generally speaking, all good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense Karma means all moral and immoral volition. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.” Continue reading “Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma”

Karma I – Journey to understand Karma

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious”Albert Einstein

From childhood I have been very curious by nature. Always questioning beliefs- why my parents worship God? Why,they ask us to seek blessing before the exam? Why we ask God to give us this / that?

After few years of going through same question again and again, but no satisfactory answers, I tried to understand What/Who is God myself. The journey was not easy as it seems, trying to find answers of which no one had a concrete clue. In this journey I Tried to know and understand the reason why people worship. Why they follow any particular religion or belief in certain entity personified as God? Continue reading “Karma I – Journey to understand Karma”

The 12 Laws Of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. If he were to continue acting in such a way that the retribution cannot come about, because the conditions are not appropriate, then he may postpone the fruition of his karma. If he can suspend it until he is in the spirit world, then he may work at this particular karma in this intermission between death and next life. Or he may wait until another life in which he is more developed so that he can gleaned the educational value of this retribution. Conversely, his life could be so derelict that the blessings due to him cannot fructify until a later date or a subsequent life. All these fall into the category of suspension of karma to a more propitious period or life. Continue reading “The 12 Laws Of Karma”

The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes

Buddha means “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and sees things as they really are. Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Moreover, Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial, embracing all living beings without discrimination.

The person who is generally referred to by the name Buddha was Siddhārtha Gautama, a spiritual teacher born in Nepal and the founder of Buddhism who lived at around 500 BCE. Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a rematter osult of this request, Buddha rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma. Continue reading “The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes”

7 Common Habits of Unhappy People

1. Aiming for perfection.

Does life has to be perfect before you are happy?

Do you have to behave in a perfect way and get perfect results to be happy?

Then happiness will not be easy to find. Setting the bar for your performance at an inhuman level usually leads to low self-esteem and feeling like you are not good enough even though you may have had a lot of good or excellent results. You and what you do is never enough good enough except maybe once in a while when feels like something goes just perfect. Continue reading “7 Common Habits of Unhappy People”

Buddhism is like a map….

The teachings of the Buddha that we find in printed books or magazines can serve only as a road map does for an automobile driver. One has to study the map, digest the information therein, and above all, start the engine and go.

One will never reach the destination if one just looks at the map, enjoys its fine printing, but never determines the direction that leads to the destination; or after finding out which direction to go, never lets the car start moving. Buddha is a teacher. He uses His finger to point out the moon to us. But if one just looks at Buddha’s finger, one cannot see the moon. The finger serves simply to point us in the right direction. Once one follows that direction and sees the moon, the finger should be forgotten.!

Everything is Changeable

What exists is changeable and what is not changeable does not exist. Looking at life, we notice how it changes and how it continually moves between extremes and contrasts. We notice rise and fall, success and failure, loss and gain; we experience honor and contempt, praise and blame; and we feel how our hearts respond to all that happiness and sorrow, delight and despair, disappointment and satisfaction, fear and hope. These mighty waves of emotion carry us up, fling us down, and no sooner we find some rest, then we are carried by the power of a new wave again. How can we expect a footing on the crest of the waves? Where shall we erect the building of our life in the midst of this ever-restless ocean of existence?
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Living in the World with Dhamma

Most people still don’t know the essence of meditation practice. They think that walking meditation, sitting meditation and listening to Dhamma talks are the practice. That’s true too, but these are only the outer forms of practice. The real practice takes place when the mind encounters a sense object. That’s the place to practice, where sense contact occurs. When people say things we don’t like there is resentment, if they say things we like we experience pleasure. Now this is the place to practice. How are we going to practice with these things? This is the crucial point. If we just run around chasing after happiness and away from suffering all the time we can practice until the day we die and never see the Dhamma. This is useless. When pleasure and pain arise how are we going to use the Dhamma to be free of them? This is the point of practice.
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The Noble Eightfold Path – AS A WAY OF LIFE

The most fundamental and important aspect of human existence is not one’s beliefs, nor social status, nor intellect, nor material possessions; rather it is motives, emotions, feelings. Almost by definition it is feelings, and feelings alone, which give purpose, meaning, value and significance to our every action and encounter. Without feeling or motives there would be no incentive for one to think, speak or act; life would be chronic apathy. Yet some feelings are more rewarding, wholesome and meaningful than others. And quite often feelings (be they mental or physical) are unpleasant, empty, sorrowful, disharmonious, worrisome, irritating, frustrating or in some way of negative value; in other words, dukkha.  Continue reading “The Noble Eightfold Path – AS A WAY OF LIFE”