Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The year of Karma

I think I'll call 2012 my year of Karma.

Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism, coming from India.  
I like the concept of it.  
There are various theories on how it all works which include; past sins or advantages from a past life, that follow you into this life identified as Bad Karma or Good Karma.  
My version is all Karma is good Karma.  It's a reflection of our actions, whether we like it or not.    
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (an American Buddhist monk) said:
Karma is caused by Ignorance, or not knowing things as they really are.

Or put differently Karma is a catalyst to knowledge, if you see it as such.  

You don't know what you don't know, right?  
If Karma is a result of being ignorant; It's a smack in the head telling you to smarten up! 
To me, that's Good Karma.

Well, my Karma came, ironically enough, while I was in India last Spring.
The day I returned to the US the wheels were in motion to turn me upside down and teach me a few things.

The following months, even up to this day, God is showing me what I don't know.

However you want to look at it, Karma is just another expression used to teach what the Apostle Paul did:
 Whom the Lord loves he chastens
Hebrews 12:6

That's what I call God Karma! 

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