Question; Karma, Dharma
- I feel it is important to see how others view
things and thus I have some questions that I would
like to propose to the groups to which I sent this
I mean no disrespect to anyones beliefs and by no
means am I attempting to tell anyone how they should
or should not believe. I simply enjoy hearing other
perspectives because I feel it helps us to understand
our own perspectives better. Further, it is my hope
that by thinking out our answers to these questions
some of us may understand our own beliefs better
solely through that self-searching for our responses.
I am a pagan and I believe in the concept of
reincarnation and Karma in as much as it effects
reincarnation. I do not believe in the law of three,
but I respect those who do. Whether you believe in
the wiccan "law of Karma" (also called the "law of
three" or "threefold return law") or the modern Hindu
view of Karma or some other form of Karmic belief
these questions are for you.
As I believe in not asking any question about
another's viewpoints which I am unwilling to answer
for myself, I will attempt to formulate my answers to
these questions as well and put them in another post.
1. What do you believe about Karma? How do you think
Karma affects your life and your future lives?
2. Do you believe in what is often called (however
correctly or incorrectly as the word seems to have
many definitions) dharma? In this case by dharma I
mean the belief that because of your past lives and
the karma which you have earned you are born into a
specific "caste" or level and that your job and/or
lifestyle (level of wealth, etc) should never be
changed from that with which you were born because you
were born into it in order to work off the negative
karma from previous existances. If you don't believe
that everyone is destined for a specific job, do you
believe that we are destined for a specific lifestyle?
Is it okay for a person who is born poor to strive
for wealth and try to change their "caste"? (I use
the term Caste because it is through the caste system
that these beliefs developed and it's the best term I
could think of for it, but I recognize that the caste
system was outlawed in India.)
I look forward to your responses.
P.S. And no, by Dharma I don't mean the woman who
married Greg, but that certainly was a fun T.V. series