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Being the architect of your karma

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  • Swami J
    ************************ Swami J s Newsletter ************************ December 3, 2001 Dear Friends, The word karma has come into mainstream usage in western
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3 4:34 AM
      Swami J's Newsletter

      December 3, 2001

      Dear Friends,

      The word karma has come into mainstream usage in western culture.
      Regrettably, however, the word is often not used accurately in the
      West and its meaning is frequently twisted. In modern western
      society's new lexicon, the word karma has come to be used very
      casually and incorrectly to mean fatalism, something utterly out of
      one's hands. People say, "Oh, it's karma, there's nothing you can
      do," or, "It's not your fault, it's bad karma."

      Implied in this interpretation of the word karma is the belief that
      whatever happens is not a person's doing. It's all due to fateful
      karma. This view takes the responsibility for an individual's life
      and circumstances and places it on an abstraction called karma, as if
      it were some ill wind blowing through that forced its effects on you.

      This is not what karma means. Karma is not a catchy word from the
      East that lets you off the hook. Karma places responsibility for your
      circumstances and experiences with you. Karma means that you are
      responsible; you determine your circumstances. You are the architect
      of your present situation, and past, and future. It is not meant to
      create guilt. To accept responsibility for your life gives you the
      power to move, change, and grow. It means you are independent. Your
      life is not dependent on what others do or think. You are not a
      victim of circumstances, parents, selfish spouses, inconsiderate
      children, tyrannical bosses, economic depression, or world politics.*

      In loving service,

      Swami J

      * Swami Rama, Sacred Journey

      Guided meditation, December 13:
      24-Hour Retreat, December 15:
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