2017-06-16 05:31:04 UTC
What's the karma behind being murdered?
The karma behind being murdered, is murder. At some point in your
existence you have murdered someone and as a reaction you are now
being murdered, either by the same person you murdered in your last
life or by someone else.
Actually, God doesn't make ugly people, nor does He make beautiful
people. People make themselves what they are. It's called karma. Or,
like it says in the Bible - as you sow you shall reap, which, BTW,
presupposes reincarnation. If you reap a certain type of body,
nationality, gender, fate etc. at birth, when was that sown except in
a previous life?
Someone might object - do you really mean to say, when a person is
born ugly, this is his or her own fault? How is that fair?
But which is more fair - that I create my own destiny by my own
actions. Or, like it's suggested in atheism - it's all just random,
and I have no say in how I get born? It's simply up to chance. Which
is more fair?
According to the law of karma, your actions in this life - how you
behave and treat other living entities - will determine your next
birth. Either that, or it's up to chance whether I am born into a
nice, caring, wealthy family, with good looks and good education, or I
get born to a junkie mother and an abusive father, whether I am born
as the king of Arabia or I'm born into a family in Syria on the run
from bombings and war. Which is more fair? Think about it.
--but, but if you believe in karma, if you believe that people create
their own destinies, that will make you uncaring and uncompassionate,
you will be indifferent to the plight of others, because when you see
a person suffer, you will know it's his own fault and you will think
that he just gets what he deserves.
Lets examine the logic behind this idea for a minute. So you are
saying, that if I know the reason behind someone's suffering, if I
know that the person created his own suffering by his own actions,
that will make me less compassionate towards him? And if I think it's
all just random chance, how people suffer or enjoy, that will make me
a more compassionate and caring person?
How does this make sense? Say, a doctor tells Mr. Olsen - don't smoke
three packs of cigarettes a day, you will get lung cancer. Then 10
years later Mr. Olsen is diagnosed with cancer. Does, the doctor then
tell Mr. Olsen - I told you so, it's your own fault, now, get out
here. Or does the doctor still feel sorry for the man and try to help
him? What do you think?
Or a mother tells her child, don't stick your hand in the fire, you
will burn yourself, and then the child goes and does just that -
sticks his hand in fire. Then, when the child comes running to his
mother, crying - I burned myself, it hurts. Will the mother be
tender-hearted towards her child and try to comfort him/her? Or will
she say - I told you so, now stop your whining.
Which is it? Think about it.
It makes absolutely no sense to say that knowing the law of karma,
makes a person more uncaring and cold-hearted than if a person
believes it's all just random chance. It's like saying that knowledge
makes a person less compassionate than ignorance.
If you say, that everything is ultimately random chance, what you are
really saying is that you don't know the reason behind it. You are
professing ignorance and trying to make that into some noble
Let me give you a practical example. According to Manu-samhita,
someone who kills a cow will have to take birth as a cow and be killed
in the same way, as many times as there are hairs on the cow's body.
So I know that all the cows being slaughtered in modern society, used
to be people who killed cows. Do I feel less sorry for the cows
standing in line in the slaughter house, waiting to be killed? Nope. I
still feel sorry for them. I'm still a vegetarian because I don't want
to support this senseless mass-murder on animals.
I know for a fact that even though I know the law of karma and how it
works, it doesn't make me feel less sorry for the suffering people of
this world. In fact, knowing that people are ultimately the makers of
their own destiny puts me in a better position to help them, rather
than if I think, - too bad, it's just chance. How can you guard
yourself or others against chance? The answer is, you can't.
One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities,
who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego,
who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always
satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with
determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me - such a devotee
of Mine is very dear to Me. -Bg 12.13-14
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