6549Re: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] A BOOK ABOUT LOVE
- Dec 24, 2012About the quote from the book, the word that came to me was karma ...
in the sense of cause and effect. I am not saying that I necessarily
believe in all the different religious dogma definitions of karma.
Rather, I am looking at the word literally and believe that it suggests
"action" ("kara") and action of a personal nature.
It just seems rudimentary there be a way to learn about action by the
effect it has. What would creation be for a creator if the creator did
not know the effect of a creation? And, perhaps, knowing the effect is
the way that creators learn? A classical example is that baby learns
about fire by being burned. In that sense karma, or the action of
touching fire, is instructive.
I often have heard the saying that people are responsible for
everything that happens to them, good and bad, as if they had something
to do with it. However, given free will, one person could create
something bad (nuclear experiments, tests and bombs) that affects
millions of people, but I do not necessarily believe that the people
affected are "responsible" as if they created such things. That they
created nuclear fallout. Believe it or not, I remember even Harold
Klemp writing something to this effect years ago which, in so many
words, sounded like a debunking of predestination and the idea that
people are "responsible" (it is their karma) for everything that
happens to them. Instead, I got the impression Harold was saying there
were examples where other people create things that can affect us, and
that they are things we are not each personally "responsible" for.
What I guess I am saying is that free will allows for individuals to
make "bad" choices, or choices that affect other people in a "bad" way.
History is filled with examples.
Now, on the other hand, when Harold Klemp wrote about "free will" and
genes in the December 2012 Wisdom Note I had to say to myself: "It
looks to me like Harold has lost it!"
Btw, I read that Wisdom Note just before bed. In the morning when I
turned on the TV there was a news blurb about conjoined twins that had
been successfully separated. Then they went on to describe the twins
and how they were NOT the same and that (in so many words) one had a
different character than the other.
From: iam999freedom <iam999freedom@...>
Sent: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 8:50 pm
Subject: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] A BOOK ABOUT LOVE
I thought I'd share for those who may be interested about a wonderful
book I've just finished reading. You may have heard about the book
already as it was written recently in 2012 and received some media
attention. The name of the book is "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's
Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander, MD.
What makes his NDE (near death experience) so interesting is that
before it he was an atheist and also because the validity of his NDE
cannot be explained by conventional scientific/medical thought. He was
attacked by e-coli menningitis and lay in a coma for seven days
completely brain dead in the areas of the brain whereby a NDE and
consciousness are considered possible. That he completely recovered is
also considered to be a medical miracle. In the condition he was in
there is a 90% death rate and even upon survival living in a vegetative
state is expected.
It's interesting how sometimes life works in synchronicity. I placed a
hold on this book at the library about 3 months ago and just received
the book this past Friday. In the wake of the Newtown shootings I was
so shocked and saddened that the core of my experiences and beliefs
were being crushed.
Even though I am still deeply pained about what happened I now have a
refreshed look at Ourselves and God (Whole, Love), evil, free will etc.
I also feel rejeuvinated about the meaning of my life on earth.
The following is an excerpt from the book that I found richly resonated
"there is not one universe but many - in fact more than I could
conceive - but that love lay at the center of them all. Evil was
present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest
trace amounts. Evil was necessary because without it free will was
impossible, and without free will there could be no growth - no forward
movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be.
Horrible and as-powerful as evil somtimes seemed to be in a world like
ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it
would ultimatlely be triumphant."
The book has many vivid descriptions of the other worlds, scientific
debate and spiritual discussion, and is written in both a simple and
explicit fascinating way that evoked love and compassion.
Perhaps as importantly it emphasises that such worlds/states can be
experienced with persistence meditative/comptemplative effort.
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