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Re: Theos-World Karma

Mar 08, 2002 02:24 PM
by ramadoss

Couple of years ago, I was invited by a local church to discuss about the Eastern Religious ideas especially. Lo and behold, when I went in, was surprised to find a closet theosophist - none of the other members present were aware of it. With my background in theosophy, was able to explain to them that the two principles at the foundation of Eastern thought are Karma and Reincarnation. Firstly based on the concept that each one of us are responsible for all our actions - in thought, word and deed and accounts have to be settled. If not now, at some future time and there comes a time when all accounts are settled, and nothing more to be accounted for, then one graduates.

The idea of self-responsibility was easy for everyone to understand (it is easy to pass the responsibility and blame to others!!!) and in this context the most plausible "hypotheses" are Karma and Reincarnation, in the absence of any other hypothesis other than just taking a stand that anything that cannot be demonstrated in a lab with double blind study is false.

The presentation was in stark contrast to what people are used to seeing on TV and print media which confuse the day to day socio political going ons with that of the fundamental principles of the Eastern Thought.

My .02


At 08:57 AM 3/8/02 -0800, adelasie wrote:
Hi Terrie,
The thing that got me thinking about karma when I first heard about
it (in this lifetime :-) was the concept of self-responsibility. It's
so difficult for a western mind, steeped in materialism, to accept
the vastness of a law that affects everything in the universe. How
can we prove it? I don't suppose we will be able to do that for a
long time, being still sort of randy teenagers in terms of evolution.
(Not that I want to dis teenagers, having raised a bunch of
delightful ones myself, if I do say so)

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