Quotes #2: Trail of Diamonds in the Sand: Famous Quotes on Karma
We are All Karma Chameleons
More people in the world believe in karma than do not. Unfortunately, for those of us who live here, most people in the United States of America do not.
Yet, just in case, you believe that the only people who believe in the principles of karma and reincarnation live in the East, below are quotes from famous Westerners to show that "you are not alone".
Of course, to balance my karma, there are quotes from famous Easterners. For after all, most Easterners believe very firmly in the concepts of reincarnation and karma.
Trail of Diamonds in the Sand
Like a trail of diamonds in the sand, these quotes reveal the truth of our existence.
For as we journey through life, we learn tolerance. For we have been and will be all things... If you have any quotes to share about reincarnation, karma, or past lives, I invite you to send them to me so that I can share them here.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Karma:
Wisdom of the West: The Bible & Teachings of Jesus
Wisdom of the West: The Bible - New Testament & the Teachings of Jesus
a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
"For verily I say unto you, Till
heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no
wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
"And it is easier for heaven and
earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."
"He which soweth sparingly shall
reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully
shall reap also bountifully."
"For all flesh is as grass, and
all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass
withereth, and the flower falleth away: But the word of
the Lord endureth for ever."
"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a
man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples
asked him, saying, 'Master, who did sin, this man, or his
parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered,
'Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but
the works of God
should be made manifest in
"Put not off from day to day and
from cycle to cycle, is the belief that ye will succeed
in obtaining the mysteries when ye return to the world in
"The counterfeit of the spirit is stationed without the
soul, watching over it and dogging it, and the rulers bind
it to the soul with their seal and with their bonds, and force
it to commit mischiefs unremittingly, that it may be their
slave forever, and be under their subjection forever in the
transmigration into bodies: And they seal this counterfeit to
the soul, so that it may be in every kind of sin and all the
desires of the world. It is because of this that I have brought
the mysteries into the world, which break all the bonds of the
counterfeit of the spirit, which make the soul free and ransom
it from the hands of its parents, the rulers, and transform it
into pure light, to bring it into the kingdom of the True Father,
the first everlasting mystery."
"When you make the inner like the
outer, and the outer like the inner, and the upper like
When you make the male and female into a
single one, so that the male will not be male, and the
female will not be female
then will you enter the
Kingdom of God."
"And Amulek hath spoken plainly
concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to
a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar
of God, to be judged according to our works."
Wisdom of the West: The Bible - Old Testament & Teachings of Prophets
"God shall judge the righteous and
the wicked: for there is a time for every purpose and for
"Rejoice, O young man, in thy
youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy
youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the
sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these
things God will bring thee into judgment."
"For they have sown the wind, and
they shall reap the whirlwind."
"Even as I have seen, they that
plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same."
"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that
rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."
"All souls are subject to
but men do not know the ways of the Holy
They are ignorant of the way they have been
judged in all time, before they came into this world and
when they have quitted it."
"I am a sorcerer. Everything I see
I create. I have created and will continue to create my
"The knowledge of the commandments
of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do
things that please him shall receive the fruit of the
tree of immortality."
"For after death shall the
judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall
the names of the righteous be manifest and the works of
the ungodly declared."
"In all things that thou hast
brought upon us
thou hast executed true judgment:
for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all
these things upon us because of our sins. For we have
sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee.. and
not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done
as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us.
Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and all
that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true
"Every soul... comes into the
world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the
defeats of its' previous life. Its' place in this world
as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor, is determined
by its' previous merits or demerits. Its' work in this
world determines its' place in the world which is to
"She cries when the season comes
for corn plants to dry out, signifying the death of her
grandsons, and rejoices when they sprout again,
The ground bone thrown into the
becomes the substance for the
"In other worlds I lingered
through the length of many nights;
Wisdom of the East: The Bhagavad Gita and Buddha
immediate source of a mind
must be a mind which
existed before the conception took place; the mind must
have a continuity from a previous mind. This we hold to
prove the existence of a past life."
"He that leadeth into captivity
shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword
must be killed with the sword." ( Note the
similarity to the Western phrase is "Live by the
Sword, Die by the Sword")
"The embodied one within the body
of everyone, Bharata, is ever undestroyable. Therefore
you should not grieve for any being
. (It) is as
when one layeth his worn-out robes away
ones, sayeth, 'These will I wear to-day!' so putteth by
the spirit lightly its garb of flesh, and passeth to
inherit a residence afresh."
"Therefore, thou noblest child of
"A man who sees action in inaction
and inaction in action has understanding among men and
discipline in all action he performs."
"The person whose mind is always
free from attachment, who has subdued the mind and senses,
and who is free from desires, attains the supreme perfection
of freedom from Karma through renunciation."
"As the blazing fire reduces wood to
ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma
"For, owners of their deeds
(karma) are the beings, heirs of their deeds; their deeds
are the womb from which they sprang; with their deeds
they are bound up; their deeds are their refuge. Whatever
deeds they do-good or evil-of such they will be the
heirs. And wherever the beings spring into existence,
there their deeds will ripen; and wherever their deeds
ripen, there they will earn the fruits of those deeds, be
it in this life, or be it in the next life, or be it in
any other future life."
"Surely if living creatures saw
the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away
from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they
cling to their obnoxious desires. They crave pleasure for
themselves and they cause pain to others; when death
destroys their individuality, they find no peace; their
thirst for existence abides and their selfhood reappears
in new births. Thus they continue to move in the coil and
can find no escape from the hell of their own
"Dependent Origination is the
(that life) is not the mere play of blind
chance, but has an existence that is dependent upon
conditions. That, precisely with the removal of these
conditions, those things that have arisen in dependence
upon them-thus also all suffering-must perforce disappear
and cease to be."
"The 'Craving for Eternal
Existence' is intimately connected with the 'Eternity-
Belief', ie, the belief in an absolute, eternal,
Ego-entity persisting independently of our body
Verily, because beings, obstructed by Delusion, and
ensnared by Craving, now here now there seek ever fresh
delight, therefore such action comes to ever fresh
Rebirth. And the action that is done out of greed, anger
and delusion, that springs from them, has its source and
origin there. This action ripens wherever one is reborn;
and wherever this action ripens, there one experiences
the fruits of this action, be it in this life, or the
next life, or in some future life."
"When you lose, do not lose the
"My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are
the ground upon which I stand."
"The law of karma is the principle of
cosmic justice that holds that all good actions will be rewarded
and that all wicked actions will be punished. Sometime. Somehow.
"What is required is the finding of that
Immovable Point within one's self, which is not shaken by any of
those tempests which the Buddhists call 'the eight karmic winds':
1-fear of pain, 2-desire for pleasure; 3-fear of loss; 4-desire for gain;
5-fear of blame, 6-desire for praise; 7-fear of disgrace; [and]
8-desire for fame."
"As men think so they are, both
here and hereafter,
Wisdom of the East: The Upanishads and Others
"Ho! Ye who suffer! Know ye suffer
from yourselves. None else compels."
"The individual self, augmented by
its' aspirations, sense contact, visual impressions and
delusion, assumes successive forms in accordance with
So it is that we live in accordance
with our deep, driving desire. It is this desire at the
time of death that determines what our next life is to
be. We will come back to Earth to work out the
satisfaction of that desire."
"What becomes of this man? Indeed,
one becomes good by good action and bad by bad
"Disasters have spread throughout the land and
sea, because of [the sins] the people have committed. [God] thus lets
them taste the consequences of some of their works, that they may turn
back [from evil]."
"We never made for any mortal
before thee immortality
Every soul shall taste of
death! We will test them with evil and good, as a trial;
& unto us shall they return!"
"A stone I died and rose again a
"The will is not free - it is a phenomenon
bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will
which is free."
"It is nature's kindness that we
do not remember past births. Life would be a burden if we
carried such a tremendous load of memories."
"The natural laws of the universe
what you say and do determines what
happens in your life
You are the master of your
life and death.
"Before you embark on a journey of
revenge, dig two graves."
Wisdom of the New Age: Modern Wisdom for Modern Times
"If the karma of man has brought
him nothing more than a capacity to love, then he has not
lived in vain for a thousand past lives. It is this love
which makes the most humble of Souls so great that it
lifts him beyond all life into the worlds of God."
"Karma applies itself in the most exacting
and clever of ways. If we deprived another human being of freedom in
a previous life, we'd have our freedom curtailed in this life.
This experience would give us time to... learn the Law of Love."
"Karma differs from fate or destiny because it encourages
us to take an active role in life. The Law of Karma requires
the seeker to follow the highest code of ethics."
"God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading,
all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause
and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its
sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He
is in everything and everything in Him."
"The Soul which is approaching
its' liberation, as it looks back over past lives... down
the vistas of the centuries along which it has slowly
been climbing,... is able to see there the way in which
the bonds were made, the causes which set it in motion.
It is able to see how many of those causes have worked
themselves out and... how many... are still working
"Karma brings us ever back to
rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good
karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain
which is wrought out of our virtues holds us as firmly
and as closely as that forged from our vices."
"'Nature is conquered by
obedience' - and her resistless energies are at our
bidding, as soon as we, by knowledge, work with them and
not against them. We can choose out of her boundless
stores the forces that serve our purpose in momentum, in
direction, and so on, and their very invariability
becomes the guarantee of our success."
"Belief in karma ought to make the
life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only our own deeds
can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let
men recognize this truth, and the hour of their
liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the soul
that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in
"Man peoples his current living
space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring
of his fancies, desires, impulses, and passions."
"As no cause remains without its due
effect from greatest to least, from a cosmic disturbance down
to the movement of your hand, and as like produces like, Karma
is that unseen and unknown law which adjusts wisely, intelligently,
and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back
to its producer."
"Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will,
creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, if we sow goodness, we will
reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers
to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions
in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future."
"One has to reap the fruits of his karma.
The law of karma is inevitable and is accepted by all the great
philosophies of the world: 'As you sow, so shall you reap.'"
"Everyone is engaged in action. The law of
karma means that there are reactions to every action and that a
person must endure the reactions to his actions."
"A person may desire to live for hundreds
of years if he works according to this truth (karma yoga: devotional
service) because that sort of work will not bind him to the law of
karma. And there is no alternative to this way for man."
From the Great and Near Great: "Born Again, Begin Again Not Quite"
"Those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it."
as I apprehend the Buddhist
doctrine of karma, I agree in principle with that."
"Just as an age was ready to
receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our
own age ready for the ideas of reincarnation and karma to
be brought into the general consciousness of humanity.
And what is destined to happen in the course of evolution
will happen no matter what powers rise up against
"Once the game is over, the king
and the pawn go back in the same box."
"Forgetfulness of the past may be
one of the conditions of an entrance upon a new stage of
existence. The body, which is the organ of
sense-perception, may be quite as much a hindrance as a
help to remembrance. In that case, casual gleams of
memory, giving us sudden, abrupt, momentary revelations
of the past, are precisely the phenomena we would expect
to meet with."
"There is no argument so cogent
not only in demonstrating, the indestructibility of the
soul, but also in showing that it always preserves in its
nature traces of all its preceding states with a
practical remembrance which can always be aroused. Since
it has the consciousness of or knows in itself what each
one calls his me. This renders it open to moral
qualities, to chastisement and to recompense even after
this life, for immortality without remembrance would be
of no value."
"You are everything you have ever
been - right now."
"You have inherited (the) most
from yourself, not from your family! The family is only a
river through which Soul flows."
"We meet no Stranger, but
"The endless legacy of the past to
the present is the secret source of human genius."
"What lies behind us and what lies
before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within
"Still seems it strange, that thou
shouldst live forever?
"Karma chameleon: we come and go,
we come and go
From Great and Near Great: "An Eye for an Eye, A Tooth for a Tooth"
"God is in the details
it's all details."
"Though the mills of the God grind
slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small: though with
patience He stands waiting, with exactness He grinds them
"...the counsels of the Divine
Mind had some glimpse of truth when they said that men are
born in order to suffer the penalty for sins committed in
a former life."
"A dogma recognized throughout antiquity...
(that) the soul expiates its sins in the darkness of the infernal
regions and... afterwards... passes into new bodies, there to undergo
"O youth or young man, who fancy
that you are neglected by the Gods, know that if you
become worse, you shall go to worse souls, or if better
to the better
In every succession of life and
death, you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer
at the hands of like. This is the justice of
"Since karma is meeting self, we
acquire karma as we meet self in our many attitudes and
emotions; when we serve in loving kindness and patience
or hold resentful malicious thoughts
What we do to
our fellow man we do to our Maker
our karma or
problem is within self."
"Our deeds determine us as much as
we determine our deeds."
"There is a destiny that makes us
brothers: none goes his way alone,
"Men's minds do not die with their
bodies but are made more happy or miserable after this
life according to their actions."
"I believe ... that the soul of
man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another
life, respecting its conduct in this."
"Sin makes its own hell, and
goodness its own heaven."
"Thus the whirligig of time brings
in his revenges."
"Are not all things which have
opposites generated out of their opposites?"
"Every action of our lives touches
on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
"Who hath a prospect of the
different state of perfect happiness or misery that
attends all men after this life, depending on their
behavior, the measures of good and evil that govern his
choice are mightily changed."
"I believe that we are solely
responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the
consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout
"Nobody is ever a victim without
"Many people think there's nothing
they can do to change their karma - it's preordained so why
bother trying to change their situation? This is what scares
people. These folks think that to accept the reality of karma
one must be passive. It simply isn't true. Karma is active.
We can - in the blink of an eye - make decisions that will
shape our futures and transform the parts of our lives that
are causing us unhappiness."
"In America, karma is best expressed in popular
phrases like "what goes around, comes around" and "what you sow, you will
reap." Karma has also been referred to as having a "boomerang effect"
where the thoughts and actions that you send out into the world
turn around and come back at you... Jesus says, "Do unto others
as you would have them do unto you." Karma goes a step further
and dictates that "What you do unto others will come back to you."
I think Jesus and the Hindus really had the same idea. Think about
that the next time you want to say or do something nasty to someone else!"
From the Great & Near Great: "It is a Matter of Cause and Effect"
"Karma moves in two directions. If we
act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If
we act non-virtuously, suffering results."
"Karma, ahhh. We sow what we reap... We
reap what we sow! The law of cause and effect. And we are all under
this law. As long as karma exists, the world changes. There will
always be karma to be taken care of."
"How people treat you is their karma;
how you react is yours."
"I'm a true believer in karma. You
get what you give, whether it's bad or good."
"I believe in Karma. If the good is sown,
the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns
"Karma is not just about the troubles, but also about
"According to the karma of past
actions, one's destiny unfolds... As one has planted, so
does one harvest; such is the field of karma."
Those who "commit all sorts of evil deeds,
claim karma does not exist. They erroneously maintain that since
everything is empty, committing evil is not wrong. Such persons fall
into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are
wise hold no such conception."
"Such is the moral construction of the world
that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run... Were present
oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own
countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be
inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge
which they sow with a large hand will not fail to produce their
fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they
suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy
and future risk countervailed by present gain."
"Karma is the universal law of cause and
effect. You reap what you sow. You get what you earn... If you give
love, you get love. Revenge returns itself upon the avenger. What
goes around comes around... Karma is justice. It does not reward or
punish. It shows no favoritism because we have to earn all that we
receive. Karma doesn't predestine anyone or anything. We create our
own causes, and karma adjusts the effects with perfect balance."
"The law of karma is neither fatalistic nor
punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bonds. God has
blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as
well as the sovereign free will. Even when our past karma inclines us
toward evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards
detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load...
When we begin to understand the concept of Karma we will never
ever blame God for anything that happens to us. We will realise
that we are responsible for all that happens to us. As we sow,
so shall we reap. Rich or poor, saint or sinner, miser or
philanthropist, learned or illiterate... This is the Universal
Law that applies to individuals, to whole communities, societies,
nations and races. As we sow, so shall we reap."
"Karma directly demonstrates God, for it can
but be the eternal expression of infinite Will: and through this: a
revealed aspect of the divine... Karma, or the law of Cause and Effect;
for this is all that Karma is... that each cause is inevitably followed
by its appropriate effect. Our very familiarity with this law has
blinded us to its majesty; we lightly assign it as an explanation
for the most inscrutable mysteries, because it is such an absolutely
necessary corollary to all we conceive of life or nature, without
recognizing that it itself is beyond all comprehension. Yet it
contains the beginning and the end of all philosophical speculation;
it demonstrates a causal relation between the Infinite and the finite,
for Karma is that Infinite Power which adjusts each effect to its
"There is good Karma, there is bad Karma, and as the wheel of
life moves on, old Karma is exhausted and again fresh Karma is
accumulated... Karma is twofold, hidden and manifest, Karma is
the man that is, Karma is his action. True that each action is
a cause from which evolves the countless ramifications of effect
in time and space... To the worldy man Karma is a stern Nemesis,
to the spiritual man Karma unfolds itself in harmony with his
"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature [karma] that the
three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom, and
peace - are always attained by giving them to someone else."
"Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself."
"The conscious process is reflected in the imagination; the
unconscious process is expressed as karma, the generation of
actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling."
"Men are not punished for their sins,
but by them."
"Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another
human being, you are hating part of yourself."
"Karma is intricate, too vast. You would, with your limited
human senses, consider it too unfair. But you have tools to
really, truly love. ...love everyone as you would love your children."
"Realize that everything connects to everything else."
"Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they
must certainly pay for all they get."
"People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they
have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply:
by the lives they lead."
"Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good."
From the Great & Near Great: "It is a Law Just Like Gravity"
"Your believing or not believing in karma has no effect on
its existence, nor on its consequences to you. Just as a refusal
to believe in the ocean would not prevent you from drowning."
"For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature
is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through
man's acts it is disturbed."
"Karma isn't fate. Nor is it a punishment imposed on us by
some external agent. We create our own karma. Karma is the
result of the choices that we make every moment of every day."
"You can't escape karma ... It is what it is. It doesn't judge,
it's neither good nor bad like most people think. It's the result
of all the actions, positive and negative - a constant balancing
act of events - cause and effect - tit for tat - reaping and
sowing - what goes around comes around..."
"The law of karma basically states that every action has a
reaction and whatever you do to others will later return to you,
either in this life or a future life... ignorance of
the law is no excuse. We are still accountable for everything we
do, regardless of whether we understand it or not. We cannot
escape it, even if we do not believe it. Therefore, the best
thing is to learn how it works. If everyone understood the law
of karma, we would all be living a happier life in a brighter world."
"Debts that must be paid ... that sums up the concept of karma.
But I would add that karma is not a burden that you have to carry.
It is also an opportunity to learn, a chance to practice love and
forgiveness, a chance to learn lessons that are valuable to us.
Karma offers us the chance to wipe our dirty slate clean, to erase
the wrong doings of the past."
"Karma is the record of services. Karma is the term used in
Buddhist teaching. Taoists use the term te. Christians us the
term "deed." Many other spiritual beings use the term "virtue."
Karma, te, deed, and virtue are the same thing but in different
words. To understand karma is to understand all of these words...
Karma is the root cause of success and failure in every aspect
"Karma is like the vine that gathers strength through uninterrupted
years, and which fastens its tendrils so closely that it is as strong
as the structure to which it adheres. There is no way to destroy its
power except by the separation of the parts, these parts renew themselves
in other forms of life, but the structure is freed when its root is
"Karma is not simply the belief that everyone should get an
equal taste of the hardships and enjoyments of life. It also has
to do with cosmic punishment and reward for good and evil actions...
A deeper purpose of karma is to give people the opportunity to
develop spiritual mastery of the pains and pleasures involved with
life. Once you come to terms with what life has to offer and grow
to see things as they are, then you're ready to move on to a higher
level of existence."
"The holistic doctrine of Karma gives us a reason for everything
and everything for a reason. Karma, as a philosophy, maintains hope
in the midst of hopelessness and provides us with the courage to
continue our personal evolution... Karma is a key that we may use
to organize our lives, rather than endlessly agonizing over the
seemingly unexplainable and often unexpected events forming the
fabric of our lives... Karma is not about fate, fatalism, or destiny;
nothing is pre-ordained - rather everything is a sequential happening
emerging logically from antecedents. Karma is a way of viewing existence
that brings about a harmony of fatalism and free will."
"The view that retiring from the world amounts to renouncing
Karma is also wrong. Karma is not an overt act, it is the inner
intention. When the desire to act exists, lack of overt activity
is not Sanyasa but hypocrisy. The classification of Karma should
be based not on the overt act, but on the doer's state of mind."
"Contrary to popular misconception, karma has nothing to do
with punishment and reward. It exists as part of our holographic
universe's binary or dualistic operating system only to teach us
responsibility for our creations - and all things we experience
are our creations."
From the Great & Near Great: "Karma is a Teacher, Not a Slave Driver"
"'Perfect justice rules the world'
for the Powers that are superior to us know the whole
life of the Soul and all its' former lives."
"The law of karma, blessed ones, is not intended to act as a
lash, to tear apart the souls of men. The law of karma is intended
to instruct and to cause mankind to approach the throne of grace
without fear, with the clearness of mind and being that will render
them able to receive the pure vibratory action of Almighty God."
"We are where centuries only count
as seconds, and after a thousand lives, our eyes begin to
"Or ever the knightly years were
gone, with the old world to the grave,
"Actually, we have no problems: we
have opportunities for which we should give thanks
An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes
courage to face one's own shortcomings and wisdom to do
something about them."
"There is an inmost center in us all,
where truth abides in fullness."
"If the soul be pure, then shall
she obtain favor and rejoice in the latter day; but if
she hath been defiled, then shall she wander for a time
in pain and despair."
"The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us,
are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences
to the others - existences which the spirit alone remembers,
for Matter has no memory for spiritual things."
"The past situation has just
occurred and the future situation has not yet manifested
itself so there is a gap between the two. This is
basically the bardo (life between life) experience."
[This is the place where your life is reviewed - where you
get another chance to let life teach you and end the
cycle of pain. -EM]
"There is none that is more
powerful in leading feeble minds astray from the straight
path of virtue than the supposition that the soul of the
brutes is of the same nature with our own. And
consequently that after this life we have nothing to hope
for or fear, more than flies and ants. In place of which,
when we know how far they differ we much better
comprehend the reasons which establish that the soul is
of a nature wholly independent of the body. And that
consequently it is not liable to die with the latter;
and, finally, because no other causes are observed
capable of destroying it, we are naturally led thence to
judge that it is immortal."
"God does not deal our karma to us
as a punishment. Karma is a manifestation of an impersonal law
as well as a personal one. The purpose of our bearing our karma
is that karma is our teacher. We must learn the lessons of how
and why we misused the energy of life. Until that day comes when
we recognize the Law of God as a Law of Love, we will probably
encounter difficulties. But if we will only hasten that day's
coming into our own life, we will recognize that karma is
actually grace and beauty and joy."
[and love and awareness and hope! -EM]
"Karma is not punishment or retribution but
simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. The effects
experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not
necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding
to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it
is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment...
Karma is not a theory that says you do this, you will get that,
whether good or bad. It says do good work, I'll decide when you'll
get good results, when you need it, and not when you want it."
[but when it is in your highest good. - EM]
"What brings the karmic result from the patterns
of our actions is not our action alone. As we intend and then act, we
create [our] karma: so another key to understanding the creation of karma
is becoming aware of intention. The heart is our garden, and along with
each action there is an intention that is planted like a seed. The result
of the patterns of our karma is the fruit of these seeds."
"While we may judge things as good or bad, karma
doesn't. It's a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing
act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you're determined to
fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow
unsavory, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix
it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter
how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be
able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person's
entire life story - their cumulative past. And to just barge
in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin
to robbing them of their journey. Something that's better not done."
There is a "...point in the path where one
develops a direct knowledge of the workings of karma... At this level,
one achieves a definitive realization of the single nature of all
phenomena beyond good and bad. At the same time, as a result of that
realization, there is also a direct perception of the working of karma,
which is called 'the manifestation of interdependence'."
"There is no such thing as chance; and
what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source
"Live your life as if the maxim of
your actions were to become universal law."
"If the only prayer you said in
your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice
(to reduce karma!- EM)
From Great & Near Great: "Whither Thou Goest, God is Always There"
"The centre of the soul is God; and,
when the soul has attained to Him according to the whole capacity
of its being, which is the strength and virtue of the soul, it
will have reached the last and the deep centre of the soul, which
will be when with all its powers it loves and understands and
"God says to man: 'Be thou thyself,
and I shall be thine.'"
"Yet through all, we know this
tangled skein is in the hands of One,
"...each human being is the center
of the universe, for God lives equally in all."
"Eternity is not something that
begins after you are dead. It is going on all the
"Love - is anterior to Life -
Posterior - to Death - Initial of Creation, and The
Exponent of Earth."
"What thou seest, that thou be'st:
dust if thous seest dust, God if thou seest God."
a healer's heritage is as
much Christ and Krishna as it is Freud and Jung
therefore a healer's capacity to help is limited only by
his spirit which is limitless
"The journey of Soul
lessons gained in the physical experience
take (its) place in the realms of soul activity in an
infinite world among others that have passed through the
which first called every soul and
body into experience."
"For we have come by different
ways to this place
I can tell by the natural ease
with which you wear fine clothes and the way your mouth
moves when you speak with waiters in good restaurants.
You have come the way of castles and cathedrals, of
elegance and empire."
"Karma is not something pessimistic. If
you think of karma as something wrong, you are seeing karma only
according to what happened in the past... So you should also look
at karma in the present and future. Then karma becomes something
very wide and really alive. Through karma you can understand what
your destiny is... it's something you can create. You can create
your life. That is why we study karma."
"Many times man lives and dies
between his two eternities:
"World War II showed it was not
gods that must be placated, but something inside the
heart of man that lets him to destroy with savage
intensity and on a grand scale those of his own kind who
have offended him."
"It is not enough to know about
reincarnation; we must live it."
"When we cross the gates of death, our
karma is all we take with us. Everything else that we enjoyed in
this life we leave behind... Our karma is the only thing that will
count in determining our rebirth, for our next life is nothing but
the effects of our karmic tendencies that materialize in our perception."
"Once I leave this earth, I know
I've done something that continues to help others."
"The most important thing in the world is
to hold your soul aloft."
"Karma is the destiny man weaves
"Those who declare they are 'free of
karma' are really full of bulls---."
"My karma ran over my dogma."
"What goes around, comes
"Know that I am always with
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