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Feb 23, 2002 01:15 PM
by MKR

Dear Adelasie: I am in the people business. I deal with many people on a very close level on account of my professional relationship. In observing many problems many people face in life, I could see that most of the problems could be directly traced to actions and decisions of the persons involved. There are a small minority of problems, they could be minor or serious, which is beyond their control and here the principle of Reincarnation and Karma seems to be a very plausible explanation. Based on this observation, I have counseled many suggesting that they should try to simplify their affairs and whenever any major decision has to be taken, I have suggested to them to look into possible complications that could ensue on account of the decision one way or the other. This would avoid any later day surprises of painful complications in life. So I am more and more convinced that we are responsible for our own problems and also joys of life.


At 11:38 AM 2/23/02 -0800, adelasie wrote:
Dear Ramadoss,

I think you have really pointed out the main difficulty we have with
accepting the ancient teachings as guides in our lives, the
requirement of self-responsibility. As a race we are still addicted
to finding the reason for our problems outside of ourselves. "It
wasn't my fault," is such a common explanation for all that seems
wrong. But once we begin to accept the fact that everything that
happens in life is a result of our own past actions, we find
tremendous power within. We have the ability to change our lives, and
only we can do it. It is much easier to accept problems that come our
way if we know that we created them, and only we can find a way
through them. Along with this realization comes the knowledge that
nobody can do anything to us unless we allow it. We control our own
destiny. This is the source of serenity and peace, and in this way
self-responsibility becomes a blessing, instead of something to fear.

Best wishes,

On 20 Feb 2002 at 13:51, MKR wrote:

> Well said. As they say, the proof of the pudding is in eating.
> Personally speaking, my exposure to theosophy has definitely helped me
> to become a better person and I am sure has affected many with whom I
> deal with. It has made me think, not constrained by traditional
> beliefs and traditional stereotypes and prevented me from not
> falling prey to the various priest-ridden religions and religious
> groups and as well as the many cults which prey upon unsuspecting
> population. The very fact that the theosophical ideas have survived
> over a century point to its inherent strength. It may not have mass
> appeal because it is based on personal responsibility and no easy
> escape out of the consequences of our actions.
> mkr

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