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”
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”
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.!
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”
1: The greatest enemy in life is the EGO…
2: The greatest deceit in life is: I Am Mine…
3: The greatest failure in life is narcissism…
4: The greatest acid in life isenvy & jealousy…
5: The greatest error in life is to lose self-control…
6: The greatest crime in life is betrayal of parents…
7: The greatest deplorable in life in pathetic self-pity…
8: The greatest success in life is correcting own failure…
9: The greatest bankruptcy in life is lewd immoral conduct…
10: The greatest wealth in life is health and understanding…
11: The greatest debts in life is clinging and lack of purity…
12: The greatest gift in life ispatient tolerance & forgiveness…
13: The greatest shortcoming in life is lack of present Awareness!
14: The greatest soothing relief in life is generosity & kind charity!
What is “sexual misconduct” (kamesu micchacara)? Here are two definitions in the Buddha’s own words.
“One conducts oneself wrongly in matters of sex; one has intercourse with those under the protection of father, mother, brother, sister, relatives or clan, or of their religious community; or with those promised to someone else, protected by law, and even with those betrothed with a garland” (Book of Tens, Anguttara Nikaya, X, 206).
“Abandoning sexual misconduct, one abstains from sexual misconduct; he does not have intercourse with women who are protected by their mother, father, mother and father, brother, sister, or relatives, who have a husband, who are protected by law, or with those already engaged” Continue reading ““sexual misconduct” – Buddhist perspective”
When there is expectation, then there is bound to be disappointment.
When expectation is absent, then disappointment cannot come into being.
Whenever there is pride, then there is bound to be wounded pride.
When pride is absent, then wounded pride cannot come into being.
Whenever there is anger, then there is bound to be conflict.
When anger is absent, then conflict cannot come into being.
When there is perception, then there is bound to be deception.
When perception is absent, then deception cannot come into being.
When there is birth, then there is bound to be ageing, decay & death.
When birth is absent, then ageing, decay & death cannot come into being.
When there is craving, then there is bound to be suffering.
When craving is absent, then suffering cannot come into being.
When there is suffering, then happiness cannot come into being.
When suffering is absent, then happiness comes into being.
When this arises, then that also emerges!
When this ceases, then that also ends.
When this is, then that also comes into being!
When this is not, then that cannot come into being.
~ The Buddha~
1.One should put forth some effort to prevent evil, and prevent unwholesome states of mind from arising.
2.One should put forth some effort to get rid of evil and unwholesome states of mind that are there (have arisen).
3.Put forth much effort to arouse good, and also wholesome states of mind.
4.Also put forth some effort to develop and bring to perfection the good and wholesome states of mind
already there (already arisen).
~ The Buddha
This means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings.
what is right livelihood?
The five types of businesses that should not be undertaken..
1.Business in WEAPONS: trading in all kinds of weapons and instruments for killing.
2.Business in BEINGS: Animals,slave trading, forced prostitution, or the buying and selling of children or adults.
3.Business in MEAT: “meat” refers to the bodies of beings after they are killed. This includes breeding animals for slaughter.
4.Business in INTOXICANTS: manufacturing or selling intoxicating drinks or addictive drugs.
5.Business in POISON: producing or trading in any kind of poison or a toxic product designed to kill.
How nice it is, if you can attend to your own affairs without too much of interference to with other’s business. Here is the advice given by the Buddha:
“One should not regard the faults of others, thing done and left undone by others, but one’s own deeds of commission and omission.”
Again the Buddha says: “He who is observant of other’s faults, and is always irritable his own defilements increase. He is far from the destruction of defilement.”
Further he says: “Easy to see the faults of others; but one’s own is difficult to see. One winnows other’s faults life chaff; but one’ own hides as a crafty fowler covers himself.”
Continue reading “Mind Your Own Business”