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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The colour of truth is grey

12. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

(mental note to self...don't get on W's bad side;) )

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Does any one else have any thoughts or beliefs WRT karma ?

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

If there is a next life I think that your actions are visited upon you then. Apart from breaking the law we're not held accountable for very much in this life....

I would like to think that if you are good and generous and loving this will be reciprocated by others, but more often than not, it isnt. You have to be careful with your heart and wary with your trust in this life - you have to work at maintaining/building/protecting good karma

If there is a next life - then you're laughing
And if there isnt, well youve still led a good and meaningful life.

15. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Regarless of truth in kamma (Karma) one should still strive to live a kind and benevolent life. Or at least I think so.

No one can state as fact that kamma, their god(s) or spirits exist, so how can one base actions and reactions on an uncertain truth?

Rightly so, no one can state as fact that kamma, their god(s) or spirits do not exist, so how can one base actions and reactions on an uncertain false?

I would say to continue the search for your truths and falsehoods but follow your own path. Base your actions and reactions on dignity and kindness to all things; life or non-life.

If there is a next life - then you're laughing
And if there isnt, well youve still led a good and meaningful life.

I agree.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

The idea of "what goes around comes around" is all very tit-for-tat... like someone/thing is keeping score somewhere. That kind of puts your life out of your own hands, doesn't it?

Maybe karma is our own, inner check system, though. Some sort of subconscious balance that's kept in tact by the way you, yourself see the world after you do something particularly good/bad. As in: I did a good deed, I feel good, so I see things in a good light and I feel like people are doing good things for me. Or else: I did something terrible, I feel guilty/angry/vengeful, I look at the world through those eyes and I feel like people are out to get me.

Plus people tend to react to the goodness/badness in others, which can be seen as returning "good" or "bad" karma.

Maybe karma is all about perspective.

17. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I believe in karma, yes. Though not as some comsic force that doles out retribution or rewards. Rather, I believe that if you are nice to people, people will be nice in return. If you are mean and deceitful, people will be mean and deceitful in return.

I try and be a nice person, though my on-line persona may not demonstrate it, and I am often told by people I don't know how nice and friendly I am. Probably something like Tway said - by being nice and having the kindness in my soul, I project that to others through my subconscious actions.

Apu: I have come to make amends, sir. At first, I blamed you for squealing, but then I realized, it was _I_ who wronged _you_. So I have come to work off my debt. I am at your service.

Homer: You're...selling _what_, now?

Apu: I am selling only the concept of karmic realignment.

Homer: You can't sell that! Karma can only be portioned out by the cosmos. [slams the door]

Apu: He's got me there.
- The Simpsons, Episode 1F10 - Title: Homer and Apu

18. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Good points.

19. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

I beleive it's cause and effect, whatever you do will have some repercussions whather that be through lifetimes or now

20. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

What if we are not in control. What I mean is - if you believe in Kamma (karma) then you must believe you are in control of your actions. Because how could there be a natural system of punishment and reward if free will was not in the equation?

Every single action we take is based on two factors, "do" or "do not" (yoda is right, there is no try). Now what if those two choices are not for you to make? Your idea of control over your life may not be in your hands at all.

Metaphor Time:

You are about to cross the steet and a car is coming: In your head you think "Go, or do not go". When you make that choice is it you making the choice or is there something else. If you are hit by that car is it a result of your choice or the choice of another?

You may think about trying to "trick" the guiding "hand". Lets say the first descision that came to you was to cross the road.. then you think, okay may the hand is telling me to cross the road. So if I do not cross the road I am in control... but maybe that is all apart of it?

See what I mean? Or am I just out to lunch?