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  1. Dr. Michael Newton

    What are your thoughts on Newton's books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls?
  2. creating karma

    I've recently read a quote that I would like to understand in a modern context. What does the term 'create karma' mean?
  3. Hello everyone. I'm very much into the buddhist practices and philosophy. But my problem is, I'm so afraid of karma that I dare to do someting. It's like fear of creating karma. Especially in my social interactions this has great effects. I don't want to hurt other people even when they attack me. I always remember then the quote from jesus where he said: "When someone someone slaps your right cheek, give him also the left cheek." I understand this I should remain confident with myself but also don't fight back. But sometimes I'm not sure if I don't should defend myself more or to show others more my borders. Any advice on being afraid of remaining confident or defending myself because of the fear of hurting others or creating karma? And what is confidence from a spiritual perspective?
  4. Hello, i was wondering what came first, a belief or an experience. some people say that we experience first and according to what we experience we form a belief. and other people say, that the belief creates our reality and thus our experience. Some may argue as kids we experience and then we start building beliefs according to what we feel. but other do argue that we come to the world with beliefs, that can be considered Karma inherited from our past life. What do you think, what came first? Can we experience something that we have opposite belief of ? What are the determinants of our reality ? what determines what we experience or situations that arises in our reality?
  5. Tin Yat Dragon Taoism

    Can anyone tell me more about this Guy. I tried searching here to see if this System is Discussed here. Would this be considered a genuine lineage ? I'm posting the website and another video :
  6. Unfair Karma

    Hello all, Meditating on karma ideas, letting them float around, I have some pretty mixed feelings about it. But mainly it comes across as a dumb idea without merit, unless you are capable of remembering why you have it, and why it is bad. Good karma everyone would take in stride, without a fuss. Like with any form of "punishment", being punished without knowing why leads to disturbed people with problems. So unless we know what we did wrong, and how not to repeat this, or exactly what it is, this is again some mumbo-jumbo dumb idea that can never be understood. Working through our karma becomes just another crap pile to deal with without any clear definition. To underline my point, reincarnation and/or the dark wave place have to be included in the description. If you simply get tortured for the wrongs you do immediately, with bad health or losing your wealth, it would be instant karma and I would see it as a fair system and cheer for it. But if it only happens after you die, and you get punished for a while, then get reborn with a life full of issues, but have no idea why you have them, what good is it? You have to be able to connect the poor conditions with what it is you did wrong in order that you don't repeat this same behavior. So a system that keeps you in the dark about your crimes and why you are being punished is a totally dumb idea invented by somebody who needs to make people afraid of being bad to each other. Simply a bad idea invention, no better than the Christian hell idea. And I'm not buying it. If karma is a cause and effect, such as smoking causing issues with lung health, and you know it will cause this and still smoke, then it is a force of nature and you have a choice to do something about it. The source of the problem is clear, the consequences are clear. All this smoke and mirror magic karma garbage has to stop. I see way too many rotten people with all the money and power, and I don't feel like we should wait for karma to fix that problem, or trust that it is doing the job. So in my humble opinion, karma is a dumb idea unless you know what you did wrong, and how you can fix it, and what happens if you keep doing the bad karma thing. If it is so universal, and effects everyone, we all have a right to know, and a right to protest it. All other forms are forms of unnecessary torture and unfair, and that means that karma must deal with itself as an unfair and bad karma thing. Consume itself and punish itself for being secretive and unfair towards everyone on the planet. I remember as a child, 9 years old, letting God and the Devil know one thing very seriously. I said, "if you two have some kind of fight, leave me out of it, leave me alone, let me be." I don't need your heaven, where there are a bunch of freaks that I would have to spend eternity with. I don't need your hell, because being punished for things I do proves there is no free will and no free choices, since the consequences according to this belief system say you don't "really" have a choice, except to burn in hell or suffer an eternity with people you don't like. Same thing, hell either way. So stop this and leave me out of your system, your personal fight, your idea of reality. How about some reflective thoughts?
  7. Hi everyone, I would like to know which forms of spiritual cultivation exist aside from the Buddha Dharma practices to transform or negate negative karma? How do they achieve this? It has been explained to me that the Shaolin arts enable karma to be transformed, something which somewhat changed my point of view regarding the martial arts practiced by the Shaolin, so now I am wondering whether the Taoist martial practices are able to act in a similar way, or whether another method is used to reach the same end? David
  8. The above verses from bhagavad gita, one from chapter 3 and the other from chapter 18, look the same to me. Anyway, the message conveyed it seems to be is to perform activities (all in the world in accordance with one's one inherent nature. It says, better die, than doing something that is not natural to you. This is interpreted in n number of ways. Some traditional religious say, we get the swadharma by birth. Other's say, it's not by ones birth, but based on one's gunas or vasanas (impressions) carried from the past (lives?). Swami Chinmayananda explains these verses beautifully in his Gita talks. I have also heard some analogies. The essential nature (swadharma) of poisonous snake is poison. The swadharma (essential nature) of bitter gourd is it's own unique flavor of bitterness. Similarly, everything and every one in the universe seems to have their own essential nature or swadharma. This is the way, I understand it. I read an interesting article about winners of huge lotteries. A study was conducted to see, how they were after a decade or two. The results were nothing but disturbing. While a minority seemed to have taken the sudden shift in life well, adjusted and carried on with their lifes, turning lottery winnings to their advantage. It was described that majority of these huge lottery winners were not living a happy life after a decade or more. That may be an understatement. Many expressed that they wish they never won the lottery. Some said, they were isolated from their family and friends. Some it seems got addicted to drugs or whatever and died within the decade. Money as a goal by itself does not seem to be the goal with just this lottery example. In the context of this, looking at the words from gita, the strong words does seem to make sense. It is better to die doing what is aligned with ones own nature; or the essence of one, rather doing something that is unnatural though it could be profitable. Here is the confusions that I have. Sometimes, it is not clear as to what one's swadharma or essential nature is. At least, I get confused. Some work that I do, feels like, it is not my swadharma at all. There is an expressing, working for the paycheck. People want early retirement. On the other hand, I see some working passionately in their late 70s or 80s. Even though their body is giving up, they don't want to stop their work. Many of these people have money to retire, and it doesn't seem that they are working for money. Sometimes we feel that we know what our swadharma is. Other times it is not clear. Not knowing what swadharma is, one engages in worldly activities including work. Working to make money, work that is not in alignment with the person's nature. There is suffering and misery. There is a longing for the weekend. Monday morning anxiety or anxiety or whatever. Some people watch the clock (nothing wrong in this). At 5 PM, they get up and leave. It seems that they were tied to that seat til 5 PM. At 5:01, it feels like release, freedom, get up and leave. Is this the right way to live the life. On the other side, a grihasta or house holder has duties to perform. Take care of one's family, provide for them the life style they are used to. Strive to provide at least. Therefore invariably, many end up doing what they do not enjoy to make the life style demanded by their circumstances. Many a times it does feel like the camel walking slow with heavy burden that he has described. He hits the nail (swadharma) with the words "his dharma-be". Clearly stating that when one performs against his "dharma-be" as he calls it, results in lethargy, despair, etc. Seems in-line with the words from gita. The solution presented on the book, is prayer. Yes, prayer does help. So does meditation, yoga, etc. But, even after performing these (may be more time and patience is needed), one is struggling to find what his swadharma is. Trying to get the balance of performaing according to one's nature (if it is known) and balancing the needs (duties) that one has to perform towards his family & society. What is the way to find one's swadharma? What is the right duty for each person? How does one conclude some work is his swadharma or not? How to balance it with the duties of a house holder? The answers to my questions may already be there on gita itself, may be I can't grasp it. Would love to hear the views (answers?), from others on this topic...
  9. Burning off Bad Karma

    Someone used this expression here in a conversation on prostrations 'burning off bad karma'. Concepts of karma run pretty deep. How do you burn off bad karma? I'm not a complete believer in a Cosmic karma, but I do see forces at work be it cause & effect or my conscience. I'll help people when I can, often out of a sense of being a good person or you build the world you want to live in. Living well, I sacrifice a clutch of chickens in the form of a dozen going to some needy family through Heifer charity
  10. I've been reading some discussions that compare different approaches to the Spiritual quest. One camp seems to consider the intellectual inquiry method (aka Jnana Yoga) to be superior to others, while the other camp seems to prefer the body-mind-energy method (aka Raja Yoga). I bring up the four yogas because this topic has been addressed in the Bhagavad Gita a few thousand years back. The Bhagavad Gita covers four different approaches to the spiritual quest - The devotional way aka Bhakti Yoga, The action without desire way - aka Karma Yoga (which essentially is Wu Wei approach) The mind-body-energy way - aka Raja Yoga The intellectual inquiry way - aka Jnana Yoga If you read a good commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (or if you know sanskrit the original document), you will realize that all the four ways are considered equally good. Paradoxically, the translations of the verses on each way says "This < > way is the superior way". When one reads only one section, they might come back with the impression that, that specific way is preferred over others. However, when taken into context of reading the entire book, it will become evident that specific characteristics are also mentioned about the type of person who might benefit from any one approach over the others. It depends on the mental, energetic and physical make-up of the seeker and no one way is absolutely better than all depends
  11. I enjoyed and learnt something from this presentation. Hope you will too
  12. Karma is something I hear allot about from others . Like " hey don't do that it will come back to you ". Or anything you do that is bad will come back to you some day and bad things will happen to you . here's a definition for Karma does anyone have first hand experience with this . ? evidence ? examples ? how can Karma be used in a beneficial way ? Does it even exist in the universe ?
  13. Hello together, and my apologies if this might be a stupid question, but having a more Christian + Buddhist background I am now wondering how to sort in such a concept like "karma" within the terms I've seen to be used in the context of Taoism. Frequently there seems to be the concept of "staying in the moment" and attaining some state of freedom, if you might express it that way. But, well, what about after you've seen the Tao if action and consequences don't have any meaning at all? You might "be" in one moment however aware you want to; if you do something that involves other beings that might have consequences, for the better or the worse. You can feel to be "in the moment" while giving someone a bit of chocolate; anyway they will like you, which might have consequences concerning their behaviour against you. Your "being aware" does not necessarily influence that course of action. You might otherwise feel you're staying in the moment and do something that is considered to be negative, like slapping someone into the face, which might have negative consequences lateron. There is a connection in that overall, for if you would not just "feel" to "be completely aware in the present moment", but really be that, this would have consequences on how you would act. The problem about that is that, well, how many people are out there who completely realized the Tao, so you could watch how persons would behave and what kind of decisions they would make when they have the Tao (which should be that state of complete awareness that's never deluded I'd guess)? Some question might be, of course, whether what I describe with that awareness is so important in Taoism at all, or whether that's a very incomplete understanding of mine; and, furthermore, if there is no idea of "karma" in a way that like action and consequences - if there should not be something like that - what concept would a Taoist use to adjust his behaviour in any way? And, ehm, is that question understandable at all? Curious for some potentially new insights and wishing you all the best Yascra
  14. Wanted to give everyone a head's up. I just discovered today that the book Changing Destiny: Liao Fan's 4 Lessons - with commentary by Venerable Master Chin Kung is available for Amazon's Kindle for only 99 cents. Unfortunately B&N doesn't offer it. Only ebook version I've found so far is the one for Kindle. You can however get a different translation (no commentary) as used copies at both B&N and Amazon as a paperback (I own it also). Four Essays on Karma by Yuen Liao Fan
  15. You got this type of stuff going on... "<b>The Girl Next Door</b>." "<b>The Afflicted</b>." There are many more stories like it, but seriously, when reality hits you in the face, it's hard to understand humanity and to interpret what is going on in this world or outside of it.
  16. FUCK your human karma!

    So you humans keep eradicating Ants and destroying their colonies. they will reincarnate as and infiltrate the lifeways of humans. they are evident in politics. So you figured in the past that it was okay to wield dominion over nature and systemically hunt and eat the Dodo and mar the Buffalo for her fur. So the Dodo stuck around and made fools of you all but you called those poor children stupid, the Buffalo is born a man who refuses to acknowledge other men, and you call it autism! So Your history tells it one way, when it really happened quite differently... no doubt about it, the so-called reptillians (dont make me laugh) oy. you cannot even comprehend how your science could be lying to you about the dinosaurs. Raptors were so brilliant and beautiful people, and you wiped them out. genocide. you deserve their indignant retribution. END YOUR HARMFUL LIFEWAYS!