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?
A friend sent this image on WhatsApp to me a few days ago and I have been thinking about the message that it conveys all this time.
Guzar jaathay hain…..khubsurat lamhen….
yunhi musafiron ki tharah…..
Yaaden vahin khadi rah jaathi hai….
rukkay raasthon ki tharah….
Ek umr ke baad us umr ki baathein umr bhar
yaad aathi hai…
Par wah umr phir umrbhar nahin aathi…!
Beautiful moments pass away just like passing travellers…
Memories remain static just like the roads traversed…
After an age memories of the past keep haunting for the rest of our years…
But those moments never return throughout our lives…!
Today’s topic has been suggested by the youngest member of our group Sanjana who still has many miles to go before she sleeps. The rest of us six, except Maria who too still has some catching up to do, are all past or are on the proverbial three score and ten land mark and perhaps have other thoughts on the matter. Sanjana is also likely to write on technology and science, where there perhaps the sky is the limit whereas for me having been there and done that, goals are different and perhaps for my readers and fellow 6/1 bloggers, exotic. Maria is new to the group and it will be interesting to see her take on the subject.
I am a Vedantin. The core idea in that school of thought is “Brahma Satyam, Jagat Mithya, Jivo Brahmaiva Naparaha.” as so beautifully explained by Adi Shankara.
If you have gone to the article as given in the link you would have seen that Brahman is limitless and the Truth and that the Jiva, that is the individual is not different/apart from Brahman and therefore he too is limitless. The goal of the individual in this life is to ultimately REALISE that truth and be free and limitless. I have capitalised and highlighted the word REALISE to explain that it it the process of making something real that is only conceptual to start with. This is a matter for understanding.
This is my take on this week’s Friday 6 On 1 blog post topic. The other five bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Sanjana. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.