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13468Transcending Karma

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Dec 8, 2004
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      Once upon a time, long, long ago, there were 2 holy men traveling
      together through the countryside. They came upon a beautiful young
      woman sitting and sobbing by the side of a stream. She said she was
      afraid of drowning and asked them if they would help her cross to the
      other side of the water. Without saying a word, one of the monks
      picked up the girl and carried her to the other side of the stream
      where he gently put her down. She thanked him and went on her way. The
      two men then continued their journey. After a while, the monk said to
      the one who had carried the young woman, "How could you do such a
      thing? We have taken vows of chastity. It is forbidden to even talk to
      a woman let alone touch one." The other monk lovingly replied, "When I
      came to the other side of the stream, I put her down. Why are you
      still carrying her?"

      What have you been carrying around that you should have put down and
      left behind? Do you still harbor feelings of regret, anger, hate,
      disappointment, or any other negative adjectives or adverbs that
      apply, for events, people, or things that are not here, now? Why do
      you do this masochistic activity?

      Life can be equated with a boat ride taking you from one shore to
      another. As the boat goes across the water, it leaves a wake in its
      path. This wake represents your past. And just like the wake a boat
      leaves behind doesn't propel the boat forward at all, your past
      doesn't drive you towards the other shore. What's done is done if you
      will be done with it. If you don't face the front of the boat and
      place your attention in the present moment, you will not be able to
      avoid running into the icebergs and other potential hazards that could
      jeopardize your trip through life. Your karma is fulfilled and up to
      date at all times. Your clinging to the past and fantasizing about the
      future is what keeps you paying a karmic debt. Simply attend to this
      moment and witness the path your boat is traveling. This is action
      free of reaction and further karma.

      Relax. Melt into your most comfortable meditative posture. Focus on
      your breath and feel and witness its entry, retention, and leaving.
      Let your body establish a comfortable rhythm. Visualize your great
      grandparents in your mind's eye. See them be born, have events take
      place in their lives and eventually give birth to your grandparents.
      Visualize your grandparents be born, see them have events take place
      in their lives and eventually give birth to your parents. Visualize
      your parents being born and see them go through the events in their
      lives that eventually included giving birth to you. As clearly as
      possible, without reacting physically, emotionally, or mentally, allow
      the movie of the events of your life to unfold on the inner screen of
      your mind's eye. Witness the events as unattached as the monk was who
      carried the woman over the stream. And just like him, leave your
      attachments to all the events that have resulted in your being here,
      now. Know that you are now in the boat ride of your life and that to
      look back is to reattach to your ancestors and your own karma and all
      the suffering that clings to it. Look ahead free of karma, enjoy the
      ride, and live happily ever after.

      From our web site, Meditation Station, this is technique #25
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