Karma is Real

All men tremble at punishment, all men love life; remember that thou art like unto them, and do not kill, nor cause slaughter.
He who is seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death.” ~The Dhammapada

    It is really very odd how many people expect to get what they are not willing to give to others. There are many who wish for abundance, but are not willing to share what they have with others less fortunate than themselves. How can you expect to get abundance if you are not willing to share?

    Likewise, there are many who wish to enjoy a long, happy, and healthy life, but are not willing to grant that to other humans and even less to other living beings. They feel they are perfectly justified in driving other living things out of their territory because they want it for themselves. They feel it is perfectly proper to kill other species that get in their way. They feel they have every right to squash the little critters that annoy them. Yet, they expect Mother Nature to treat them as the pick of the litter, the best of the bunch. It doesn’t work that way. Karma is real! Those who live by the sword will die by it meaning those who kill others, including other species, are doomed to die also. It means those who cause other beings to suffer by poisoning the land, air, and water or some other way, those people are themselves doomed to suffer. And those who steal the land belonging to another people or another species, will find themselves being driven off that land one day by floods, famine, earthquake, was, etc.

    So if you really want a long happy life, you need to start earning it by helping the other living things around you achieve the same.

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Random Thoughts 9-25-2011

Whats wrong with this picture?

  • 46 million Americans are living in poverty

  • Millions are going to bed hungry in this country

  • Many millions in the world are hungry

  • Thousands die each day from starvation or malnutrition

  • Our federal government continues to pay billions every year to “farmers” to not grow crops!

As of the time that I am writing this, Saturday morning about 8:40am on the East Coast, NASA is reporting that the satellite did crash very early this morning, but they don’t know where yet. I find that a bit scary.

Another government shutdown looming on the horizon and the politicians are still running for reelection instead of running the country.

It’s very strange that courts still rely heavily on witness testimony when studies indicate that eye witnesses are often wrong.

The purpose of the heart is to know yourself, to be yourself, and yet one with God.” ~Edgar Cayce

A 33-year-old man in Florida was sentenced to 15 years for sexual exploitation of a minor over the internet. The 13-year-old old girl didn’t have a clue of what he had in mind despite his online moniker: The Delightful Deviant.

A guy in California, who was charged with kidnapping, rape and assault of a 69-year-old woman, choose to defend himself in court. He claimed it was self defense because the woman was a gang member and he was afraid of her. The jury didn’t buy it and found him guilty.

When a guy in Atlanta returned from a business trip to find his home had been invaded and the remnants of a birthday party were left behind, it wasn’t difficult to catch the culprits. He found a camera had been left behind with pictures of two teenagers and a younger kid partying and washing a dog in his bathtub.

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Scripture: Ezekiel 1:13-14

 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

    This is part of Ezekiel’s description of angels. It is clear from this part of the description, that he is seeing beings that are made of Light, or surrounded by Light. And not just ordinary light, but something so bright that it was like looking upon a continuous flash of lighting. And when the angels move, they left and returned as fast as lightning. How is that possible? Simple: they are spiritual being not bound by the limitations of material beings. So why is it some Christians have gotten the strange idea that we will get to take our material bodies with us to heaven? Why would a spirit that can move like lightning want to be tied down to a slow-moving physical body like Marley’s ghost being bound with chains and locks? It doesn’t make any sense. The spiritual world is full of spirits, period.

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Listen to Reason, Not Nonsense

Even though a speech be a thousand (of words), but made up of senseless words, one word of sense is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
Even though a Gatha (poem) be a thousand (of words), but made up of senseless words, one word of a Gatha is better which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
Though a man recite a hundred Gathas made up of senseless words, one word of the law1 is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.” ~The Dhammapada

    It seems today that people love to talk and love to listen to others talk. Unfortunately, the ones who do the most talking seem to have the least to say, and that appears to be what many prefer. If somebody puts a video on youtube that is ten minutes of absolute nonsense, it will get a million views in a month, but post a video that has something meaningful and valuable to say, and it get two hundred views or so. Just look at the speeches and debates taking place for the presidential candidates. It seems that the more ridiculous the statements and impossible the promises, the more that candidate is liked and if a candidate makes sensible and intelligent statements, he drops in the polls!

    The above quote from the Dhammapada though, is talking about spiritual matters, so that is somewhat different. Here, when we talk about a speech of a thousand senseless words, it is more about preachers and gurus who can talk up a storm, but are not really saying anything useful. They are not teaching people how to awaken their immortal souls and communicate with God and the Beings of Light so that they can become fully enlightened. Some preachers can dance around the stage, shout and scream, and work up total emotional frenzy in an audience, but emotionalism is not spirituality, not even close. As the quoted passages indicate, a few words of truth causes a person to become quiet and contemplative, to listen intently and, in so doing, take a first step toward a spiritual awakening.

1. Gods Law is what is meant here, not manmade laws.

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