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Tarun Bajaj
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« on: December 30, 2012, 11:00:31 PM »

Taking responsibility for this life and the next !

Karma and reincarnation are linked. Karma is the idea that what we do and have done influences our circumstances, talents and options. Reincarnation means that what we do and think will not just influence our present life, but also our future existences.

Many people believe in karma because it explains aspects of life that are otherwise hard to explain. For instance: karma gives an explanation as to why different people get such very different deals in life. Some have a hard life, while being very kind. Others get born wealthy and make a fool of themselves in front of millions of people... One could of course say this is all chance...

But if it isn't, karma is the only explanation that makes sense. If the cause of most of our misery is karma, wealth and poverty, sickness and health, wisdom and stupidity are all ultimately the responsibility of each person themselves. What's more, if we help others, that will come back to us. Helping others becomes the ultimate blessing: not only are we helping someone else become a better person, the person helping will get their reward... I'm not talking money here, I'm talking happiness, wisdom, chances to grow, meeting the right people ... Good karma is ultimately not about being wealthy and getting the chance to dress up in the fanciest cloths. From a spiritual perspective good karma means the chance to grow in wisdom and get more and more chances to help and bless humanity.

Where 'the secret' is supposedly that we each need to just visualize happiness in order to get it - the doctrine of karma means that happiness can only come to all of us, when we all make the effort to try and make others happy.
When people think of reincarnation, they usually think of reincarnating (in the future) in an animal. This is hard to imagine: how can this personality reincarnate into an animal?

The misconception, from a philosophical point of view, is this: it IS NOT the personality that reincarnates. Our personality is formed by our circumstances, our body, our eating habits, the country we grew up in etc. Those are karmically caused, but change in each incarnation.

What we take along into our next incarnation is what we've learned on a spiritual level and our habits (bad and good).
Our past lives impact us in many ways. First of all our circumstances, talents and inclinations are to a large extent caused by our karmic inheritance. It's our starting point. What we do with that, what we choose to change or keep, is up to us.
Looking again at our future lives: if we are misusing our responsibilities as a human being, and instead live like pigs, chances are we will reincarnate as pigs. But most people do use their capacities as a human being. Many people just do the best they see how. In those circumstances, the human element, the conscious responsible element, is strong enough to stay alive into a next incarnation. This means a human birth.

The more spiritually advanced we are, the more likely we are to fully be able to choose your next life.

Choosing your next life depends on how much (negative) karma we have waiting to work out. Lots of karma that needs to be worked out means that we don't really have much choice on how your next life is going to look. If we have reached a point in your spiritual evolution where there isn't too much bad karma to work out any more, and you have consciously chosen to only work for good - a point will come where we can start to actually choose what to do with your life.

That said: I do believe that even with a lot of bad karma, we can still choose the lessons to learn from that karma.

Avoid wrong, Act right

The reason bad karma is so hard to escape is that bad thoughts, words and actions create negative habits. Negative habits are, like all habits, hard to break. They are themselves bad karma and also create more bad karma - because we just keep acting on them.

So each time you break a negative habit, the negative karmic cycle is broken. Each time we act on love, the negative conditioning that keep us from changing our habits is softened.

Right action means both not doing wrong and actively doing right. Avoiding harming other people and the world we live in can be difficult. Sometimes it's not even possible. The important thing is to just try.

Actively doing right is more difficult. It can mean doing volunteer work, or talking to that guy that's ignored by everybody. If we see some wrong - don't just complain, see about doing something about it. It's better for this world, and good karma us.

Do Good, Act will all come back to you !
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 10:41:19 PM »

Great post! I was hoping to add something to it, but you did a wonderful job explaining this.

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