Sivali Meditation Centre
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Karma is a word in Pali language*; means 'Action' in Buddhism. The consequence of each action depends on the action is good action, neutral action or bad action. The word 'Karma' has been used in many beliefs as well as completely in different meanings. For example, in Hinduism meaning, Karma is the idea that an individual's actions determine his fate in each successive existence. In another words , Karma in Hinduism had made his own destiny, nothing could change that.
Buddhism Karma meaning is the action and it is your action to that situation. Good action brings good result and bad action brings bad result. It is simple as that. Then your Karma is your future and is in your hands. You can choose your own future, from your Good Karma with your Good Will Intentions now, or else.
We Are, What We've Done ..........
This sentense sounds familiar, right. 'We are, What we eat' said Dalai Lama, the well known high priest of Tibet. 'We are, What we have done.', said the Buddha. ' We will be, What we are doing now'., said the writer.
There was amusing story happening at Wat Rakung Temple in Bangkok during the most famouse monk called Laung Por Tdor period. Laung Por Tdor had been well known as one of the most decent monks. In general great monk as a great teacher, brought out great monks as the great students. Wat Rakung Temple was a big monastery and attracted all kind of monks from everywhere to be there. One day a strange event was happening there, two monks fought and hurt each others. They went to see Laung Por Tdor , the abbot, to solve the problem of who was a wrong person. The injured monk blamed the other monk hurt him first. Laung Por Tdor was sitting there listening to the injured monk quietly. When the injured monk finished his talk, Laung Por Tdor said You did to him Frist. Again the injured monk started the whole story again. When he finished his story, Laung Por Tdor said You did to him Frist. The injured monk repeated again. Laung Por Tdor said the same the third time. Now the two monk realized of Laung Por Tdor meanings of their Previous Karma, they did to each other before in their Previous Lives.
The idea of Karma in Buddism is such a long periods of time, many lives and each action affected the followings actions, and so on. You can imagine how complicated it can be to one's life, and to people. Anyway let's make it easy, and understandable. The rest you can find out on your own. Truths and Realities, can always be proved. You will experience and proof it by yourself. The same way as many people and I have done that, and out of question to us.
The Buddha had explained Karma of each action this way. The each action we made, there was 7 rhythms of thought-moments. (In Pali Language is called Javana Citta, impulsive moment of consciousness at which Karma is performed, usually lasting for seven thought-moments.) In other words, 7 Thought-Moments performs one action..
Any Action from the 1st Thought-Moment, the result of this action will return right away in this life. Hesitating Action will cause the consequence result to happen in the 2nd life, 3rd life, 4th life up to 7th life. In general each action carries on to 7 lives. Some Action, it is called Heavy Karma, will carry on longer. The Heavy Karma, such as Giving to a Decent Person, this Good Karma will carry on a very very long time. The same as a Heavy Bad Karma such as Kill father, Kill mother or Hurt Arahanta Monk, will carry on the bad result very very long time too.
The return action result always come back in accumulation numbers. For example; Giving food to animal, the result of this Giving Material will return 50 more of the Giving. The Giving to a decent person, the result will return very much more numbers up to xx,xxx,xxx or more, this depends on how decent purified mind of the recieving person.
Now we will see what are the Decent Actions we will do to have a better life, and avoid all the bad actions or bad Karmas. We don't live over 100 years, our lives are considered short. We can not changed our past anyway, but we can change our future. Why do we have to make thing more difficult than what it has been?
Good Karma starts from The Good Intention of Doing the Action with cheerful, joyful feeling :
The Achieved Result came from the right Action in general as followings:
* Pali Language is Indo-Aryan language that developed in India, language of the sacred literature of Buddhism; called Tri Pitaka. The Buddha had taught in Pali Language and as well as were writen in Pali originally. The Tri Pitaka was translated to Sanskrit language much later.
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