Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spirituality - What Is Karma And Religion?

For the non-religious, please give some patience to read this entry and decide the answer for yourself.  Thank you.

From my previous entry on Life - Change Your Destiny By Changing Your Health Status, some of you may question "Then what about Karma?" as many people believe that illnesses and Karma are linked.  Allow me to explain this in further details.

When we talk about Karma, we're talking about various "chain reactions from actions".  It's brought over from previous lives into the current one on the lessons we need to learn before graduating into the next one, this is what Buddhism meant by "evolution".  The human race is to get wiser and wiser.  By wisdom, it has a lot of depth and this starts off by learning our current Life Lessons where one then slowly uncover deeper and deeper into it.

Our Life Lessons comes in mainly 3 ways:


  1. Our individual issues to resolve
  2. Our family's issues to resolve
  3. Our relationship with the society to resolve

People sharing genetic flaws and diseases within a family is Karma in the Buddhism point of view as they are put together to learn a group of common Life Lessons together.  But this can be resolved.  Yes, Karma can be resolved.

The first step is by a very simple thought of "I want to be healthy."

From the journey of recovering one's health, one will learn alot about themselves.  Of the past issues they stubbornly hold onto, the excessive emotion(s) they exhibit, the wrong mentality they have about themselves, their family and against the society etc.  As health is slowly recovered and wrong habits dropped, they'll start to see the light within them then progress outwards to the family and society.  This process is what psycho-analysts refer to as "manifestation of inner self to the external world".

Meaning, a depressed person sees everything depressing, while a positive person sees things positive.  It's that simple but the mechanism to it is a little complicated.  However, as one truly recovers health, they are likely to see Life in a deeper perspective that balance is key to living well as a human being.

Then am I meaning to say that genetic diseases can be cured?

Most genetic diseases are unable to get fully overcame in the current lifetime, but, it's possible to live a relatively healthier, happy and balanced life with it than others (of the same case) if one acknowledges and accepts the existence, then strives to work on it in a right mind-set.  No one human being lives a perfect life, a seemingly illness-free person will have their own set of struggles (Life Lessons) to get over.  And I the same.

Even Buddha was born with his mother died shortly after, where he has to live with the regret of growing up motherless.  This is a huge regret not alot of the lucky us will understand while him, a mortal person before enlightenment then, had to accept and work out.  Please do not think that Buddha is devoid of emotions.  It's exactly because he had went through all of them that he went to seek enlightenment for all mortals, including himself. 

In addition to getting over one's Life Lessons, it's highly important to repent for one's seen and unseen Karma in the Buddhism stand.  The "unseen Karma" I'm referring to here is what we have done unknowingly in the current plane and our past lives'.  This process is similiar to the need for repentance in Christianity and other religions though there may be different views on recurring lifetimes.  What I'm trying to put across here though, is that one same idea.

Then now, do I mean that atheists are condemned to sicknesses or problems?  Or Hell even?

No, a resounding NO.

Religion is a means to an end, all orthodox religions lay the basic foundation to discover one's true self, of how to conduct onself and the right relationship to themselves, their family, the society and God.  Or the Higher Power, if you'd like.

But this Journey has to be walked by oneself to experience it, it can't be forced.

One may see many religious people got thrown off the tangent being overly superstitious, fanatical (the 24-7 Preachers) then got put off by "religion".  What I'd like to say is that we've fans who would slash their wrists for their celebrity idols and those who don't.  Did those celebrities ask the wrist-slashing fans to do that?  No, right?

These can be found in all religions.  Fanatics described above chose to be such themselves, or, have grossly mis-interpreted the religious texts.  There're also cases where some are misled by others to instill fear for a religious person.  No religion is free of fanatics though even if they are not in one, these people are likely to be a fanatic of something somewhere.  Black sheeps are a constant in the world, like all human beings have flaws.  Just different degree of it.

No one is denied of happiness, health and inner peace unless they themselves don't want it.  And repentance is an act of deep self-reflection beyond the religious context.  Religions advocate it as the human emotions are very prone self-bigotry, which will hurt themselves, the people around them and in a larger picture, the society.  Human beings live in a social network where one's doing always sparks off a chain-reaction whether they know it or not.

Repentance in reality, serves as an "auto-pilot" within an individual to watch their attitude to their behaviours.  One may scold to pre-empt a dire mistake can produce positive results, but scoldings because of tantrums will only feed resent and more future issues eventually. 

In short, as long as one views and does things in balance and understand the positive action to self-reflections, they will definitely have the same level of happiness, health and inner peace as anyone religious doing the same.