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Posted on 2009.03.30 at 07:00
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Co-Authored by: mr_dowg

While on the surface karma seems a fairly clear and reasonable concept (i.e. you reap what you sow) and is close enough to much newer religions to appear benign (Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.) in looking into karma as a viable, repeatable process (such as the Wiccan's Rule of Three Whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times.) and while I wish to Ganesha (The Remover of Obstacles) it occurred on a more real-time basis, karma seems about as accurate as Nostradamus' predictions.
The problem appears to be (as with most things which make a hell of a lot of sense if left alone) religion. Religion which attempts to divide, categorize, sub-categorize and encapsulate each and every aspect of karma which could ever come up, as well as indicating how each spin-off religion views it, in its various 'states' one happens to accept each 'concept' of God dependent upon which 'path' they're currently on, and the entire ball of wax seemingly falls apart in the melting pot.
While each of these karmic philosophies appear distinct in their belief systems, they're all some dude, saying he's the 'one' pointing to some other dude as the leader, who then passes on his leadership to another dude for all of time. And the reason coexistence will never be a reality is mankind. Men who fabricate deities to hoodwink followers to make themselves more powerful. And the most heinous of these are those who declare all other religions void, while promising their own is the only way to eternal life. Compared to these, the karmic religions' cycle of reincarnation seems a lot more...well, sane.
Philosophy as a hobby - trying to figure out your place in the universe, is a fascinating, worthwhile pastime. Anything which gets you thinking is good. Philosophy as a hard and fast law however, seems counter-productive and harmful. It closes ones mind. And a closed mind views others' ideas with suspect and fear. The great Philosopher Yoda once stated that "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Most everything you think you know is wrong, because its colored through perception. And while we can never shed ourselves of that perception, closing your mind to the possibility that what you know is filtered through perceptions which are likely inaccurate is just foolish.
Perhaps its the complexity of these religions - or any religion - which causes so much trouble? So called "New Age" religions (which are simply even older religions meshed together for the next or "New" "Age" of Aquarius) are seemingly over-simplistic in their world view: "Love each other." No complex rules or elitism. No "right path" to follow, with damnation nipping at your heels if you fail, and no single individual to confess your failures to for forgiveness. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side, kid. Perhaps, just perhaps, in its simplicity lies a better answer? The Western hemisphere's concept of karma is over-simplified compared to the diverse and rich mythology on which it is based.
Which brings us to meditation. Meditation, not to be confused with medication, mastication or masturbation (though all three are fantastic candidates) is a predominately Buddhist discipline which has since been adopted by many other religions (awkwardly enough meditation appears to be more about spirituality - that is, finding your inner divinity, i.e. anti-religion, though most religions use it as a form of prayer) while meditation outside religious use varies from self-awareness to active relaxation. Either way you choose to use it, especially in this fast-paced world in which we are a part of, any time you make a conscious effort to unplug, so to speak, can only decrease the daily stresses we all fall prey to, potentially building up to the point of stressors which can lead to unhappiness and ultimately, damaging confrontation. Unfortunately, for mr_dowg, sitting in front of the television with snacky-cakes is not a good example of meditation.
Once adequate meditative results have been reached, the next step toward enlightenment in karmic religions (if I'm using this phraseology properly) is tantra. Not the "bed-environmentalist-whacko-hot-chicks" tantra of tantric sex (which in its purest form is orgasm through thought alone - though admittedly the definitions vary wildly depending upon the numerous dissimilar viewpoints), rather the non-religious practice to liberate oneself from ignorance through spiritual perfection and magical prowess. This is done primarily through the recitation of mantras (which beget the more modern transcendental meditation), though other 'tools' are also employed.
Sounds like fun. And then it starts to become part of the problem. Is it not enough to just relax? Apparently not - If we just keep pushing, we can reach perfection! I'm not suggesting that we stop at mediocrity, rather that we stop calling it mediocrity when to go further means manifesting weird ritualistic shenanigans. Just a thought.

And while just like making guns illegal puts them only in the hands of criminals, making the problem worse by tipping the balance of power, so it is with the Westerner's view of karma - only those who strive to do good ever consider it; evildoers don't give a shit - they're going to do whatever the hell they want no matter the consequence, and they sure as hell don't wonder if they'll reap what they sow prior to whatever evil act they're planning to exact. So go ahead and wish an ill fate upon those who would do you harm. Karmic religions are far too complex and ritualistic for your average low-life scum. Instead, try to be the best person you can be. Concerning yourself with the actions of others is a fruitless endeavor. Fix yourself first.


leonardii at 2009-03-30 13:18 (UTC) (Link)
Love the photos/pictures. Very nice how you worked those in there.

I'd love to think Karma is gonna get the bastards who are messing with my life right now. The way the cops just laughed as they made me do the dance of shame -- arresting me for a DUI. So much for the camaraderie of supposed "brothers in arms." Assholes.

Even as I was in pain, softly moaning. They were all just laughing. "Look, he can barely keep his eyes open! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!" I was just blinking hard to keep the tears at bay so as to not give them the satisfaction. I'd really love the trifold return theory. Something like they get get in an accident and lose both testicles. Three -- 1 accident/car crash + 2 balls = three!! Yep, that would give me some fine satisfaction!

But, the best I can do man, is just like you say... be the best I can be.

In the words of John Lennon:

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna knock you right on the head,
You better get yourself together,
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead,
What in the world you thinking of,
Laughing in the face of love,
What on earth you tryin' to do,
It's up to you, yeah you.

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna look you right in the face,
Better get yourself together darlin',
Join the human race,
How in the world you gonna see,
Laughin' at fools like me,
Who on earth d'you think you are,
A super star,
Well, right you are.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Well we all shine on,
Ev'ryone come on.

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna knock you off your feet,
Better recognize your brothers,
Ev'ryone you meet,
Why in the world are we here,
Surely not to live in pain and fear,
Why on earth are you there,
When you're ev'rywhere,
Come and get your share.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Yeah we all shine on,
Come on and on and on on on,
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah-.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Yeah we all shine on,
On and on and on on and on.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Yeah we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
ehowton at 2009-03-30 14:34 (UTC) (Link)
I know http://dfwdwi.com and one of his rules is to never submit to a DUI test. I'm sorry you had to go through that, and I too understand the very real desire for those cops to Intereo in a incendia. To do one's job I understand. Delighting in the discomfort of others I do not.
leonardii at 2009-03-30 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
Dude!!! This is just exactly what I have been looking for! Even though I took the test, I now know the right questions to ask during cross examination. Perfect... each day just keeps getting better because I'm adding a bit more knowledge to my repertoire of how to win this case.

Thanks!! Very big help.

Also, I don't have to subpoena you if you will voluntarily come to my trial as a witness. I believe you would be a big help to me, my friend. I will want to talk with you in private of course, but yes... you would definitely be of help for my case. You know how much it would mean to me...
leonardii at 2009-03-30 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, BTW... for this avatar pic, I would very much love to have the original size pic. If you still have it, that is.... sending it to me via email would be just fine.

Love that Sagittarius!! :)
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-30 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Beautifully said!

I feel like I have so much to say on the subject that I don't know what to say. I have seen Karma at work. I have had karma, good and bad, happen to me. When I got it, I could almost pin point why and what happened. I use to really "watch the wheels" so to speak. But I found it was pointless. When it comes to all this religion crap I find it as a way for mankind to grasp a feeling of control when really mankind has control of nothing. When it's your time or time for something profound to happen on your path - it's gonna happen. Prepared or not. There are so many individuals who are basically cocky and ignorant to this (I too have been there and still fall in it). Thinking they have "full" control of their lives. All you can do is be responsible for yourself and your actions. Mostly, within a 6 foot circumference (physically).

I believe Karma is much a force of nature. We need not worry about it. And much like the seasons there is nothing we can do about it. It's like trying to stop winter from coming.

You said it best and a reason why I think the world of you. You get it... Instead, try to be the best person you can be. Concerning yourself with the actions of others is a fruitless endeavor. Fix yourself first.

Edited at 2009-03-30 05:31 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-03-30 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
photogoot at 2009-03-31 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
At the risk of sounding like a simpleton I believe in the Karma of Coffee. Mmmmm That was a yummy cup I was with that day in the lotus position.
ehowton at 2009-03-31 02:03 (UTC) (Link)
Cup O'Zen.
lesabre500 at 2009-04-03 16:44 (UTC) (Link)


Again, you amaze me with another great read. To me, the bottom line, "Fix yourself first" speaks volumes. True words to live by. Now, I'm not going to say anything else, in case I say something and get myself into more trouble.
Good stuff E.

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