forgive me if I don't use the right terms or titles, I'm just ignorant concerning this subject.
Anyways, I read about the karmic law and I'd like to share the way I feel it and ask you if this is right or what.
I feel like I cannot control my deeds. Some things I can but most I cannot yet. So when I, these days, do something good to somebody else; even a small action like making someone happy, I do it cause I feel good when I do so. I decided not to worry about what's life is going to be but the way I live my life now. I try not to stress too much about things I don't understand. The laws are out there and it doesn't matter if I understand them or not, they'll get into action. So I just try to bring some happiness to the ones I know for the simply fact that I enjoy doing so. When I am unfair or rude, I don't enjoy it. So I try to keep it simple. But I am not worried about doing so for the sake of my next life. I don't know if I'm right, but that's the way I feel. Please, let me know if this is a good way to live.
Thank you so much,
nagasena bhikkhu <nagasena@...
You should be a bit pragmatic in thinking about life. The important thing is
to see about your life, as exactly as you are in the present time, but not
as you feel or believe. Remember that both denial and attachment to life is
not a middle path of thinking. Of course, the law of Kamma plays key role in
our existence. That doesn't mean that that law has to be as accurately as we
wanted. It is not like a law of physics since Kammic law operates by both
combination of mind and body. I don't need to explain you more that point.
I request you to see the law of Kamma through middle way. Otherwise, you
would get confused. The law of Kamma should not go with a belief that has
appeared to be very popular in our belief system.
There are four things we should not be thinking of. 1. the reality of the
Buddha, 2. the power of the Jhana, 3. the existence of universe and 4. the
action of law of Kamma.
My concern here is the law of Kamma. Kamma does not arise itself without
conditions. Some Kamma takes unbearable time to bring the result; it can
even be incomprehensibly long to ripen. Bhante Pesala has already explained
you carefully meaningfully to this concern.
In such incomprehensible context, we should not assume that he or she is
good; therefore she or he must get a good response from others. It is
obviously an expectation or attachment and no doubt, it is not a right way
of thinking either, because expectation can harm her or his life if it does
not happen as their wish. Though Kamma is spiritually considered as the
comprehensive way to explain about our existence, we should not think it
more than we need. We should know how to keep in limitation for such
thinking. Otherwise, Buddha would not say that Kamma is one of the
My understanding is that firstly, we should not expect the result of a Kamma
immediately, nor should we deny the unexpected Kamma that results in without
question. Secondly, we should bear in the mind that there may be invisible
past kamma, which result in present life. When we combine these two concepts
together, we can understand that though Kamma are good right now, we may get
bad result. On the other hand, we are not good enough to gain something,
but we may gain it. This happens due to the Kamma that ripens in appropriate
condition and time by its own, but not by as we wish. It is like as shadow
behind our body. We don't know or see shadow without conditions. Don't we?
The middle way of looking to such event is we should not be confused or
disregarded saying that 'I don't believe anymore because it doesn't bring me
good though I do good and so on'. The more you think, the greater confusion
would arise. Therefore you should see thing in middle way.
According to theory, life is not only this very life. We don't know how many
lives we have been good or bad in the past. Some say that, there is no
previous or future life at all. No matter what, we should not proliferate or
confuse ourselves. If there is something we cannot perceive by ourselves, we
should keep it in middle way instead of denying or attaching to such
concept. We don't need to blame or appreciate the past, which is not in our
perception. What middle way suggest us is that we should do or change our
life better through knowing, understanding, accepting and restraint our
mind. Whether we like it or not we already have life. Taking the life is
not the real answer if there is next life. Our immediate task is to deal
with this arising life for peace and harmony without confusion. We need
therefore calm down through meditation to see thing as we are.
When we know the present, as how we exist, we can look after life in
peaceful way. At least, we can find the way out easily. If you ask why we
exist, it is a metaphysical question. We can only explain how can we exist
through our perception but we cannot explain why we exist. Nonetheless, if
you understand, as really as how we exist, you also can understand why we
exist. Life will become meaningful, when we know, accept and look after it
in middle way. I think this is enough time for you to explain.
----- Original Message -----
From: "eaglenarius" <eaglenarius@...>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 10:20 AM
Subject: RE: [SanghaOnline] Re: karmic law
> Venarable Sirs,
> Thank you very much for the answer.
> I sometimes think that living as human is quite desperate. Though we know
> Buddha Dhamma now, we will surely forget it in the next life and possibly
> fall to bad deeds and finally hell realm. It is like circle of Ghost. As
> we are balls which are kicked up and down. When I am thinking like that I
> feel that I actually do not want to be exist. Can you explain why we are
> May every beings be full of happiness
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