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(2) Response to "When 'Bad' Things Happen to 'Good' People"

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  • NamoAmituofo
    For www.TheDailyEnlightenment.com ... Replies to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDailyEnlightenment/message/523 ... (2) Response to When Bad Things Happen
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2006
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      Replies to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDailyEnlightenment/message/523
      (2) Response to "When 'Bad' Things Happen to 'Good' People"

      Q : It appears to me that whatever a person does, whether the person will be rewarded depends on the rules and regulations set by the society he is in. For example, the laws in China, USA and Africa can be very different - for the same thing a person does, he can be punished or rewarded depending which country he is in. Thus it appears that karma is relative to the country you are in.  

      A : Actually, the law of karma is objectively unbiased and thus universal, not dependent on the country one is in. It's an illusion that karma is effective differently in different countries, because, being a natural law, it is like the law of gravity - which does not fail to be fair to everyone on the planet, despite of one's position on it.

      That said, the fact that one is born in "Country X" is related to one's personal karma. In this sense, it is not that karma bends otherwise upright justice for different countries, but that karma causes one to be born in a specific country to be subject to human laws which may seem relatively more just or unjust in the worldly way.

      Even being sentenced unfairly is a karmic result. One might not be in this lifetime guilty as charged in court, but being "misjudged" might be a mixed result from being guilty of another wrong one has committed in a previous life. Though it is said that the law (as devised by humans) has long hands, the law of karma has even longer hands - that can stretch from one lifetime to another!

      However, if the law system of a country is not fair, it is up to the collective efforts of that country's people (and other countries, if they can help) to make it just - because it is a living effect involving the collective karma of not just one person.

      Q :  Notwithstanding the above, I believe whatever action beneficial for the well being of the environment is good karma, though the reward may or may not be readily apparent. 

      A : Indeed :-] 

      - A TDE Reader & Shen Shi'an

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