Or…are we human beings born with certain “obligations” we have to meet, but then we also have the opportunity of substantially altering our lives [if we are aware of some things about the Reality of Life that most people in the West do not realize]?
The first thing we must get straight between us, you and I, is that the life most people live is one of minimum Consciousness. And, what do I mean by that? Let me begin my explanation by asking a question? Do you know what Consciousness is? I ask this because most people do not know, nor do they care. Most people are taught by their parents, teachers, and peers to pursue a life of hedonism. That is, a life dedicated to self-indulgence and enjoyment of oneself, and to take pleasure in the physical things of life. What’s wrong with that, you might ask?
Nothing in particular wrong with that… if it does not include doing harm to others, or taking advantage of others to achieve your goals? And what is wrong with taking advantage of another is… the Law of Karma says that every action brings to one the exact same action. In other words: As you sow, so shall you reap. And this Law is an Absolute Law of Life. That is, no one escapes this fundamental Law.
However, the Hedonist approach to life is quite short-sighted in terms of your personal growth, and the welfare of your Soul? And the reason for this is… to create Karma takes X amount of time. And, to have that same Karma return to you [takes time away from you, in that the return of the Karma [unless you Accept it as due you –which rarely happens] is time that generates no growth for your Soul. Again, unless you learn humility by Accepting the return of an action you initiated as a learning process… [wherein the Yin (pain) caused by your original action, is experienced and owned by you- you take responsibility for it], then the return of your own Karma is a waste of time, and only serves to reinforce [harden] your heart [so to speak].
There is no growth for your Soul, in other words, unless like Christ said [you turn your other cheek]. This was a reference to the Law of Karma, by Christ. Most of the references to Karma were removed from the scriptures in the Fifth century, which resulted in the Bible we have today [this is what many believe]. This was to reinforce the misinterpretation of the single verse in the Bible that, if misread, suggests that he Soul only has one life to live.
But, if this is true, and keep in mind that a tree has a Soul [since every living thing has a Soul], then if a Soul would chose to experience being a tree, that is the only chance of experiencing the physical plane that Soul would have… if one holds the notion that the Soul only has one life to live? This is what most Christians believe [although they do not realize this is what they believe] when they insist that the Soul only has one life to live.
I just realized that what I hoped to condense into the title of this blog is not likely possible — because what I wanted to discuss requires the reader to possess a great many concepts that are just not part of what is known in the West. Maybe I could convey the concept in a book? In any case, it is possible to greatly enhance ones life, if one works very hard personally benefiting oneself while at the same time creating no negative Karma in the process.
In the meantime, give a bit of each day [say 10%] to God, and pray for guidance for your Soul.
Peace, Brother James