Thursday, June 21, 2007

Karma

Do you believe in Karma?

Christians believe "you reap what you sow" which is basically a definition of karma in today's world.

The Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is another example of how Christians believe in a specific law of the universe that repays your actions right back atcha in a similar fashion.

Definitions change over time, so the original meaning which was related to reincarnation has been transformed into a measure of a life, a moral compass.

"What goes around comes around" is also a popular belief that parallels karma.

These are laws of the universe and the same thread runs through most of our dominant religions and belief systems.


Taken from an article at Tickle...

In Hinduism, karma is focused on the individual, who is encouraged to offer their actions to God. Hindus believe that the soul is reincarnated, with each soul engaging in a continual process of birth-death-rebirth over many lifetimes. In each life, the soul's karma dictates the kind of life that person will have. If you've accumulated enough good karma, you'll be reborn into a more comfortable life that includes the opportunity to share the knowledge you have gained through behaving the right way in past lives. After living many lives of continued good karma, you reach a state of Nirvana, free from the cycle of birth-death-rebirth.

Buddhist beliefs about karma have a good amount in common with Hinduism. This is because both religions are informed by the sacred texts known as the Vedas. Thus, these religions are called the Vedic Faiths. Hindu and Buddhism both believe in reincarnation and karma. However, in Buddhism, instead of offering your actions to God, individuals are encouraged to follow the eight-fold path, which is a course of ideal action that leads to enlightenment. Buddhists also reject the notion of a social hierarchy and with it, the idea that good karma will allow your soul to be reborn into a higher social position.

Regardless of your spiritual faith, the concept of karma is a useful one in determining how to lead a good life. By monitoring your intended thoughts, words, and actions, you can see for yourself how much good you're putting out into the world, and thus how much you can expect to receive in return.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lying

Have you ever noticed how people rationalize their way to deception?

Not telling the whole truth can be a lie in certain circumstances.

1.   Opening charge accounts without telling your spouse.

Surely everyone agrees with this one, but just in case, here's why... When you get a new credit card, you are putting your family into more debt. Anything that affects your family must be told. A spouse has a right to know how you are spending your money, or their money. The flagrant practice of opening "private" or "secret" accounts among couples is a sign of how little our society regards honesty, integrity, and the sanctity of marriage.

2.   Allowing a child to "do" something with the promise of not telling the other parent.

I am not speaking of divorced parents where one parent has sole custody. I am speaking of households where both parents live with their children. This practice of "Don't tell Mom" or "Don't tell Dad" is teaching your children that it is ok to lie to get what you want. What they don't know won't hurt them? It hurts the character of the child. Why not choose to have a family discussion over the matters that both parents do not agree on? If your spouse refuses to have logical discussions, then you might consider marriage counseling. Really!

A person cannot be balanced and whole if they are deliberately keeping secrets from those they love.

A person cannot be spiritually whole and in sync with God if they are lying, because they know that God does not approve of this practice.

The reason God or the Creator doesn't approve is because He knows you cannot be truly happy if you live by the rules of deception.

Come clean, be honest, be happy.

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