PROF.Pathmanathan Umaharan,UNIV.WEST INDIES,TRINIDAD
I have been following your very interesting discussion on “Karma”. Thanks for beginning it and sustaining the discussion.
Dogmas are difficult to prove or disprove – that’s why they are called as such. These are created by the collective experiences of persons or groups, personal, cultural or religious. So they cannot be argued as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
One’s perspectives are shaped by their personal and cultural experiences. Nalayini’s beautiful recollection of her experiences shows how her perspectives were influenced by those sometimes very trying experiences. Some would have used the same experiences to justify ‘Karma’ but Nalayini uses it to justify God’s grace – again perspective. Thayalan puts this across very nicely when he talks of the ‘bunny’s heaven’ vs ‘human heaven’. Maurie’s analysis also shows how again the perspective of ‘Karma’ has been a source of consolation for many.
I was recently reading a book by Steven Covey, who argues that by changing the perspectives one can create a paradigm shift in one’s personality, outlook and life success. This is what our ‘Saints’ and ‘Yogis’ been saying. Meditation (read ‘Thiyanam’ or ‘Thavam’) can create a shift in the perspective of the mind, which can create ‘God’ within yourself. Have you read the book “Change your Brain Change your Body” by Daniel Amen. If you haven’t it is very interesting reading. It helps to explain how the brain can influence what we think and what we do?? Here he analysis ‘Yogi’s” who are in ‘meditation’ and what changes it creates in the brain and hence in their outlook.
Nalayini, in the previous email I mistakenly thought you were arguing what is coded in the DNA explains everything. I was thinking that your experiences may have shaped you into an atheist. But your recent email clarifies this. (See again how my own perspectives influenced my thought).
While what is coded in the DNA can influence some behavioral characteristics, the science of genetics has been stumped by the rising field of ‘epigenetics’ which is showing how the experiences even diet of a person can not only affect how the genes express, but also those in your children and grand children. Do you know studies have shown in animal models that what you eat can influence the health of your children and even grandchildren. This brings memories of the Larmarkian inheritance which was discarded as a fallacy.
One of the leading Geneticists of the era Francis Collins (who headed the Human Genome Project), argues that his delving into Genetics has only increased his faith in God, not diminished it. His book is entitled “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief”. If you are interested in this, it is good reading.
KARMA IS THE ONE WHICH BIND PEOPLE CLOSER! OR FARTHER AWAY!
BAD KARMA OR GOOD KARMA! WHICH GUIDE YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH!
WHATEVER YOU SOW, SHOULD BE REAPED BY YOU ONLY! NONE ELSE!
KARMA BIND YOU!KARMA DIVIDE YOU!ACCORDING TO PREVIOUS LIFE TOO!
GOD SEND THE VEHICLE OF KARMA TO YOU TO PLAY THE GAME BY YOU!
IF YOU SAFEGUARD THE ANGEL OF JUSTICE(ARAM/DHARMA),
ANGEL OF JUSTICE SAFEGUARD YOU! IT KNEW THE TRUTH!
IF YOU HELP OTHERS IN NEED, SOMEONE HELP YOU IN NEED!
WHEN YOU DIE NOTHING FOLLOW YOU!EXCEPT YOUR "ARAM"
YOUR KARMA MEANS + & - ACTIONS!"ARAM" IS THE + BALANCE!