My friend Sathya posted this on Facebook.
This reminded me of a post that I wrote here almost ten years ago.
The link will take you to the blog post but, the images there have been taken down to save space. Here is an image of the Indian Mock Strawberry flower.
This flower continues to pop up every morning now in our garden without any deliberate planting or tending. Remarkably resilient plant!
I think that Sathya will vouch for the fact that I am a joyful person as she is too!
Stated simply it is “Action resulting in Reaction.” I have been brainwashed from childhood that Karmaphala is inevitable and if I have to save myself from future troubles, I should do only good things and avoid doing bad things. This instilled belief has been reinforces by practical observation in my life as all positive and negative developments in my life that could not be explained through logic simply proved it and continue to prove it. There is simply no other explanation.
There is often the misunderstanding that Karma is applicable only to individuals. My study of the theory of karma teaches that there can be collective karma too and this too has been proved by observation throughout my life and continues to do so. Let us simply take the current pandemic. Why some got and others did not? Why some not taking precautions do not get it whereas despite taking all possible precautions, others do?
Instead of reinventing the wheel, let me simply request my readers to go through this wonderful handling of Karma.
And an interesting clip that I received as synchronicity just before I finished writing this post:
This is my contribution to this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Padmum. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic.
The comic strip ‘Peanuts’ has been a favourite of mine for decades. I can’t remember even one which I did not enjoy reading and savouring.
The latest to come way is a link to a blog on the philosophy of the late Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, this blog post which I am sharing with my readers with the hope that they will enjoy it as much as I did.
And what can give more satisfaction than sitting in one’s verandah and watching winter crop of hibiscus in one’s garden?
Meeta who is now becoming a regular feature in my blog posts sent me a link to a blog post on the word Timshel to share with me her awe at its meaning and intent.
I gather that the word Timshel in Hebrew means “Thou Mayest”. In modern language I suppose that it means, You may. This indicates to me that you have a free will. As a Vedantin my understanding is that “Karma is what will come to you in life and free will is what you choose to do with it.” If this tattoo sported by many indicates the same, I have no quarrel with that and I hope that some of my readers will enlighten me further on this subject.
Here or two tattoos from the google images showing “Timshel”.
Talking about tattoos, my son and daughter in love are both fans and here are some tattoos that they sport. The last two are sported by the DIL.
Both have tried to get me to sport a tattoo or two, and so far, I have resisted the idea. Should I go for it?