Thursday, April 9, 2009

What IS Karma?!?!

Karma is the effects of all deeds actively created by your past, future, and present experiences. Thus, you are responsible for your own life, including the pain and joy it brings yourself and others.

Every person has his or her own Karma. This Karma was based on prior decisions and actions a person has made or intends to make. Another easy way to understand Karma is through the law of cause and effect. For every cause there is an inevitable effect. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

The Bible & Reaping What You Sow:

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
- Bible: Galatians (6:7)

"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
- Bible: Matthew (5:18)

"And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the
law to fail."
- Bible: Luke (16:17)

"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which
soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."
- Bible: 2 Corinthians (9:6)

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth away: But the word
of the Lord endureth for ever."
- Bible: 1 Peter (1:24-25)

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
And his disciples asked him, saying, 'Master, who did sin, this man,
or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered, 'Neither hath
this man sinned, nor his parents: but the works of God should be made
manifest in him'."
- Bible: John (9:1-3)
......(the works of God in this case being the fulfillment of karma)

"God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time for
every purpose and for every work."
- Bible: Ecclesiastes (3:17)

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in
the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the
sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will
bring thee into judgment."
- Bible: Ecclesiastes (11:9)

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
- Bible: Hosea (8:7)

"Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness,
reap the same."
- Bible: Job (4:8)

You can’t harvest what you don’t sow. So plant your desires, gently nurture them, and they will be rewarded with abundance. ~ Vivian Elisabeth Glyck

The story is told of two boys who were walking through a field and found some corn seeds scattered across the ground. They each took one of the seeds home and planted it.

When the first boy didn’t see a tiny sprout after the second day, he dug up the seed to see if it had sprouted. Each day he dug up the seed and replanted it, but the corn would not grow. The seed had germinated; yet the boy had not allowed it to maintain contact with the soil, take root, and obtain nutrients. So, it died.

The second boy planted his seed and left it alone. He imagined a tall stalk of corn where he had planted the seed. He waited patiently as rains came and sunshine bathed the ground with warmth. In ten days, a small sprout had broken through the ground, its curled leaves reaching toward the sky.

Achieving any desire, whether large or small, begins with a seed sown in the mind. That seed is the vision of its fulfillment. It also requires the commitment to allow the vision to grow—the faith in God to do His part through storm, rain, and sunshine.

Commitment in daily life allows life’s storms to strengthen resolve. Resolve allows us to nurture a new dream, improve an existing dream, or even begin over if necessary. Faith allows acceptance of any circumstance as God’s blessing for ultimate growth.

A seed sown must be nourished with faith and belief. When you hold a picture of the final creation in your mind, you hold and maintain faith. You honor God’s desire to create something wonderful, and you honor His choice of your hands to help do the job.

How often do we plant the seed of a beautiful dream in the fertile soil of our minds, and then dig it up? What could you achieve if you allowed your seed to grow, continuing to focus your spiritual eyes on the harvest?

If it were not possible for you to achieve a dream, God would not have placed it in your heart and mind. Sow your seed, allow it to grow, and see an abundant harvest.

Assorted KARMA QUOTES

"Contrary to popular misconception, karma has nothing to do with
punishment and reward. It exists as part of our holographic universe's
binary or dualistic operating system only to teach us responsibility
for our creations—and all things we experience are our creations."
- Sol Luckman

"Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it."
- Sakyong Mipham

"You must acknowledge and experience this part of the universe. Karma
is intricate, too vast. You would, with your limited human senses,
consider it too unfair. But you have tools to really, truly love.
Loving the children is very important. But love everyone as you would
love your children."
- Kuan Yin

"Still others commit all sorts of evil deeds, claiming karma doesn't
exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty,
committing evil isn't wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless
darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such
conception."
- Bohidharma

Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant
will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results.
- Sakyong Mipham

"My Karma ran over your dogma."
- Anonymous

"I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good."
- Sandra Bullock

'When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests
that it's because of karma, some past connection'.
- Richard Gere

'Karma, ahhh. We sow what we reap... We reap what we sow! We reap what
we sow. The law of cause and effect. And we are all under this law."
- Nina Hagen

"As long as karma exists, the world changes. There will always be
karma to be taken care of."
- Nina Hagen

"I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When
positive things are made, that returns well."
- Yannick Noah

"Karma is not just about the troubles, but also about surmounting them."
- Rick Springfield

"I would never disrespect any man, woman, chick or child out there.
We're all the same. What goes around comes around, and karma kicks us
all in the butt in the end of the day."
- Angie Stone

"I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick
them up and take them outside. Karma is everything."
- Holly Valance

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor
touched ...but are felt in the heart."
- Helen Keller

"When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling
inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says,
yes, this is how I ought to feel."
- Harold Kushner

"The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in
turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far
place my touch will be felt."
- Frederick Buechner

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we
crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are
always attained by giving them to someone else."
- Peyton Conway March

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before.
starting to improve the world"
- Anne Frank

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it
will be too late."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to
evaporate."
- Albert Schweitzer

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
- Unknown

"Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you're hating part of yourself."
- Elvis Presley, American rock 'n' roll icon (1935-1977)

"Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run... Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they [sow] with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain."
- Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817

"To live without risk is to risk not living."
- Pope Pius XII

Contrary to popular misconception, karma has nothing to do with punishment and reward. It exists as part of our holographic universe's binary or dualistic operating system only to teach us responsibility for our creations-and all things we experience are our creations.
- Sol Luckman

"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."
- Thich Nhat Hanh, French-based Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author (b. 1926)

"Men are not punished for their sins, but by them."
- Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein."
- Proverbs

"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else."
- George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

"The jealous are troublesome to others, but torment to themselves."
- William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

"By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us."
- Edwin Markham, American poet (1852-1940)

"No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward."
- Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

"Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them -- that it was a vain endeavor?"
- Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and
naturalist (1817-1872)

"Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.''
- William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

"Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny."
- Unknown

"They who live have all things; they who withhold have nothing."
- Hindu proverb

"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
- Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

"No man is more cheated than a selfish man."
- Henry Ward Beecher, American preacher (1813-1887)

"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180 A.D.)

"People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead."
- Edith Wharton, American novelist (1862-1937), from The Age of Innocence

"Luck is a word devoid of sense. Nothing can exist without a cause."
- Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

"We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold in them."
- Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

"Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself."
- Felix Adler, American educator and reformer (1851-1933)

"Doubt breeds doubt."
- Franz Grillparzer, Austrian dramatist and poet (1791-1872)

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German statesman, poet, novelist, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

"Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that."
- John Richelsen

"If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish-American writer (1904-1991)

"Realize that everything connects to everything else."
- Leonardo DaVinci

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
- Philo

"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
- Barbara De Angelis

Dalai Lama Karma Quotes:

"Delusions are states of mind which, when they arise within our mental continuum, leave us disturbed, confused and unhappy. Therefore, those states of mind which delude or afflict us are called 'delusions'..."

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

"Take into account that great love and great achievements invlove great risk."

"When you lose, do not lose the lesson."

"Happiness is not something ready made. It is comes from your own actions."

"Follow the 3 RES.
RESpect for others.
RESpect for yourself.
RESponsibility for all your actions."

"Sometimes not getting what you want is an amazing stroke of luck."

"Always learn the rules so you can break them properly."

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to
be happy, practice compassion."

"Do not let a small dispute injure a great relationship."

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."

"When you realize you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it."

"Spend some amount of time alone everyday."

"Open youself to change, but do not let go of your values."

"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's
ability, one can build a better world."

"Remember that silence can sometimes be the best answer."

"Live a good and honorable life. Then, when you are older you can
look back and enjoy it a second time."

"A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for a great life."

"In disagreements with loved ones, only deal with the present. Do not
bring up the past."

"Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality."

"Be gentle with the earth."

"Once a year, go some place you have never been."

"The best relationship is one which your love for each other exceeds
your need for one another."

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it."

"Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon."

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message;
that is love, compassion, and forgiveness are the important things
that should be part of our daily lives."

Wayne Dyer Karma Quotes:

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."

"Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you."

"You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being -- not because
anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a
lot of money -- but because you decide to believe it and for no other
reason."

"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the
floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way."

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's
always your choice."

"Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were
your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed."

"Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul."

"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."

"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't
know anything about."

"You are important enough to ask and you are blessed enough to receive
back."

Rig Veda Karma Quotes:

"One should, perform karma with nonchalance without expecting the benefits because sooner of later one shall definitely gets the fruits. "

"The person desirous of success and strength should perform good karma
continuously."

"The real happiness of life is in doing 'karma'."

"A person who performs good Karma (deeds) is always held in high esteem. "

" Ego is the biggest enemy of humans. "

"A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble."

"People who are soft spoken and truthful are loved by all. "

"When there is harmony between the mind, heart and resolution then
nothing is impossible. "

"Only the person having firm conviction and iron volition can attain
strength and energy. At no stage of Karma does he ever hesitate."

Bhagavad Gita Karma Quote:

"The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of
mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the
work using you as a mere instrument."


FINAL THOUGHTS:

Often times, I have asked myself (and God), why do these certain people do these horrible, hateful, spiteful things, but yet NEVER reap what they sow?!?!?! However, I was recently reminded by a very dear friend that we don't always know everything going on in the hearts & lives of these people. Perhaps their punishment will be to live a very long & very lonely life? Or, these people may give the impression of sheer happiness and that everything is truly going their way, yet inside they question everything and are just putting on a front? Who knows when, where or how Karma (God) will punish these people?! However, one thing I am DESPERATELY trying to live is that ONLY God can be the judge & jury for these people! I cannot judge them nor punish them. It isn't my place, and I have to learn how to take comfort in the fact that God will deal with these people, in HIS time, not in mine!

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