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Thoughts on Karma From The Buddha

There are some that would ask, ‘If good begets good and bad begets bad why should many good people suffer and some wicked people prosper in this
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According to Buddhism, even though many are considered good by nature, it is their previous birth in which they have not done enough good deeds to out weigh the bad karma that is thrust upon them in this life; somewhere in their past lives they were not as wholesome as they should have been. Then on the other hand there are those that are quite wicked by nature that seem to reap all the benefits of this life because of the good karma built up in their previous incarnation.

For example, there are people who are strong and enjoy a very healthy and fruitful life. They are immune to the toils and illnesses that plague many of us. They don’t take very good care of themselves and don’t take precautions to lead a clean healthy lifestyle, yet they continue to remain strong and healthy.

Then there are others who take very good care of themselves in every way imaginable, through proper diet and clean living, yet their health and circumstances never seem to improve.

It is thought that the good and the bad deeds that we commit during this lifetime will be reflected not only in this life but in future lives to come. To escape this cycle one must cultivate the mind and lead a clean and noble life.

This does not mean that all that we suffer and all that we enjoy is totally controlled by our actions in the past, that which we call karma.
Buddha teaches that if this were the case then we would have no reason to live a decent moral life because we are controlled by, and victims of the past.

Buddhists maintain that even though our lives were in part conditioned by the past, it is still within us to change this conditioning and create our future and current well being.

Buddhism does not believe in destiny or fatalism as the “be all end all” explanation to describe the human condition. All Buddhists are expected to continue to do good deeds, not just for the sake of securing a place in Heaven, but to do good deeds to help eliminate their selfishness and enjoy peace and happiness in each present moment.

When each present moment is carefully controlled our future and well being is assured.

‘He for whom there is neither this shore nor the other shore, nor yet
both, He who is free of cares and is unfettered. Him do I call a
holyman’.
(DHAMMAPADA 385)

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On The Nature of Reality

Here is an interesting episode in the Buddhist chronicles between two wise persons —King Milinda and the Arahat Ven. Nagasena.
The King asked, “By what name shall I know you, Sir?” King Milinda
Ven Nagasena answered, “My companions call me Nagasena.
But the name and the person whom the name refers to do not
really exist.”
The King commented, “If Nagasena and the person do not
exist, to whom do people offer alms and who receive these
offerings? Since you receive them, you really exist. Why did you
tell a lie in spite of your higher nobility?”
Ven. Nagasena enquired, “Your Majesty, did you come to this
monastery on foot or by chariot?”
The King replied, “I came by chariot.”
Ven. Nagasena enquired further, “Well then, please show me
your chariot? Is the horse the chariot? Is the wheel the chariot?
Is the axle the chariot? Is the carriage the chariot?”
The King answered “No” to all these question.
Ven. Nagasena remarked, “Is there a chariot beside the horse,
the wheel, the axle, the carriage, etc.?”
The King again said “No”.
Ven. Nagasena commented, “Your Majesty, you said you came
here by chariot; yet you could not show me the chariot! Why did
you tell a lie inspite of your high honor?”
The King consented, “There is no chariot beside the horse,
the wheels, the axle and the carriage. Just a combination of these
things has been named the chariot.”
Ven. Nagasena remarked, “Very well, your Majesty, you should
understand Nagasena as you understood the chariot.”

Buddha’s Four Sights

I’ve always been interested in Buddhism and wanted to learn more about Buddha, who he was and what led him to his ultimate enlightenment. Is this spiritual path right for most of us or is it something that can only be attained by a select few. I don’t know if most of us have the fortitude or time to follow the path of the Buddha but we can still learn some things that will help our understanding of the nature of the world around us. Below is just a small history of the Buddha. As I come across more information I’ll post it to help us gain some more insight into the nature of becoming a Buddha. Buddha's Four Sights

Gautama Buddha lived in the 6th century B.C. and lived in Northern India.
He was born into an influential family as a prince. His given name was Siddhartha and his family name was Gautama. He was called Buddha because Buddha is translated as the “Enlightened One”. He was also called the “Blessed One”. He was a very gifted man in that he was able to see beyond the illusion of every day life and was willing to challenge the beliefs and truths that his family and friends accepted without thought.

As heir to the throne it was his drive to find the truth that ultimately led him away from the riches and follow his inner voice, which was leading him down the path to enlightenment. He felt trapped among all the luxury and amenities of a prince’s life. On one of his visits outside his palace he saw what was known as the “Four Sights”, an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a holy recluse. Seeing this sight produced a profound realization in him. He realized we are all subject to old age and death. He felt this deep down and caused him to question life and our purpose for being here. He asked, “Where is the realm of life in which there is neither old age nor death?”

This started his first step in what has become known as the “Search for Truth” The sight of the holy recluse, who was calm and serene after giving up his material possessions and his desire for living the material life, prompted him to understand that his first step in his search for the ultimate truth was the path of renunciation. His epiphany was overwhelming. He realized that material possessions would not bring ultimate happiness.

Buddha

Determined to break the chains of these universal sufferings he decided to leave his palatial surroundings and the people he loved. At 29 years old he left his family and friends and rode off into the forest to understand truly the nature of existence and to find the ultimate, unchanging happiness.

This amazing beginning for an amazing person has been an inspiration for millions of people around the world. As I learn more about the Buddha I question whether I would be able to follow the same path of the Buddha. Is there other ways to become enlightened without having to give up everything? I will stay on my path of learning and being more introspective with regards to my daily activities. I use different tools but I accept that the ultimate goals will be the same. Good luck on your own journey.

Simsapa Sutta: The Simsapa Leaves

Once the Blessed One was staying at Kosambi in the Simsapa forest. Then, picking up a few Simsapa leaves with his hand, he asked the monks, “How do you construe this, monks: Which are more numerous, the few Simsapa leaves in my hand or those overhead in the Simsapa forest?” Buddha

‘The leaves in the hand of the Blessed One are few in number, lord. Those overhead in the forest are far more numerous.”

“In the same way, monks, those things that I have known with direct knowledge but have not taught are far more numerous [than what I have taught]. And why haven’t I taught them? Because they are not connected with the goal, do not relate to the rudiments of the holy life, and do not lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding. That is why I have not taught them.

“And what have I taught? ‘This is stress … This is the origination of stress … This is the cessation of stress … This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress’: This is what I have taught. And why have I taught these things? Because they are connected with the goal, relate to the rudiments of the holy life, and lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding. This is why I have taught them.

“Therefore your duty is the contemplation, ‘This is stress … This is the origination of stress … This is the cessation of stress.’ Your duty is the contemplation, ‘This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.'”

Samyutta Nikaya  (LVI,31)

How To See An Aura

What is the aura? Where does it come from and what is its purpose? Is there a connection between the aura and the Universe? Is the aura the same as the soul?
The aura has more secrets than we are first led to believe. Through close observation some of these secrets will surface. The first question is, “What is the aura and how do you see an aura?” It is likely that you have seen an aura many times before but you didn’t know what it was – so you overlooked it. It is time to remove the veils that hide the aura from your awareness.
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Is this REALLY proof that man can see into the future?

Do some of us avoid tragedy by foreseeing it? Some scientists now believe that the brain really CAN predict events before they happen
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Professor Dick Bierman sits hunched over his computer in a darkened room. The gentle whirring of machinery can be heard faintly in the background.

He smiles and presses a grubby-looking red button.

In the next room, a patient slips slowly inside a hospital brain scanner. If it wasn’t for the strange smiles and grimaces that flicker across the woman’s face, you could be forgiven for thinking this was just a normal health check.

But this scanner is engaged in one of the most profound paranormal experiments of all time, one that may well prove whether or not it is possible to predict the future.

For the results – released exclusively to the Daily Mail – suggest that ordinary people really do have a sixth sense that can help them ‘see’ the future.

Such amazing studies – if verified – might help explain the predictive powers of mediums and a range of other psychic phenomena such Extra Sensory Perception, deja vu and clairvoyance. On a more mundane level, it may account for ‘gut feelings’ and instinct.

The man behind the experiments is certainly convinced. “We’re satisfied that people can sense the future before it happens,” says Professor Bierman, a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam.

“We’d now like to move on and see what kind of person is particularly good at it.”

And Bierman is not alone: his findings mirror the data gathered by other scientists and paranormal researchers both here and abroad.

Professor Brian Josephson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Cambridge University, says: “So far, the evidence seems compelling. What seems to be happening is that information is coming from the future.

“In fact, it’s not clear in physics why you can’t see the future. In physics, you certainly cannot completely rule out this effect.”

Virtually all the great scientific formulae which explain how the world works allow information to flow backwards and forwards through time – they can work either way, regardless.

Shortly after 9/11, strange stories began circulating about the lucky few who had escaped the outrage.

It transpired that many of the survivors had changed their plans at the last minute after vague feelings of unease.

It was a subtle, gnawing feeling that ‘something’ was not right. Nobody vocalised it but shortly before the attacks, people started altering their plans out of an unspoken instinct.

One woman suffered crippling stomach pain while queuing for one of the ill-fated planes which flew into the World Trade Center.

She made her way to the lavatory only to recover spontaneously. She missed her flight but survived the day. Amid the collective outpouring of grief and horror it was easy to overlook such stories or write them off as coincidences.

But in fact, these kind of stories point to an interesting and deeper truth for those willing to look.

If, for example, fewer people decided to fly on aircraft that subsequently crashed, then that would suggest a subconscious ability to divine the future. Well, strange as it seems, that’s just what happens.

The aircraft which flew into the Twin Towers on 9/11 were unusually empty. All the hijacked planes were carrying only half the usual number of passengers. Perhaps one unusually empty plane could be explained away, but all four?

And it wasn’t just on 9/11 that people subconsciously seemed to avoid disaster. The scientist Ed Cox found that trains ‘destined’ to crash carried far fewer people than they did normally.

Dr Jessica Utts, a statistician at the University of California, found exactly the same bizarre effect.

If it was possible to divine the future, you might expect those at the sharp end, such as pilots, to have the most finely tuned instincts of all. And again, that’s just what you see.

When the Air France Concorde crashed in 2000, it wasn’t long before the colleagues of those killed in the crash spoke about a sense of foreboding that had gripped the crew and flight engineers before the accident.

Speaking anonymously to the French newspaper Le Parisien, one spoke of a ‘morbid expectation of an accident’.

“I had this sense that we were going to bump into the scenery,” he said.

“The atmosphere on the Concorde team for the last few months, if one has the guts to admit it, had been one of morbid expectation of an accident. It was as if I was waiting for something to happen.”

All of these stories suggest that we can pick up premonitions of events that are yet to be.

Although these premonitions are not in glorious Technicolor, they are often emotionally powerful enough for us to act upon them.

In technical parlance it is known as ‘presentiment’ because emotional feelings are being received from the future, not hard facts or information.

The military has long been fascinated by such phenomena. For many years the US military (and latterly the CIA) funded a secretive programme known as Stargate, which set out to investigate premonitions and the ability of mediums to predict the future.

Dr Dean Radin worked on the Stargate programme and became fascinated by the ability of ‘lucky’ soldiers to forecast the future.

These are the ones who survived battles against seemingly impossible odds. Radin became convinced that thoughts and feelings – and occasionally-actual glimpses of the future – could flow backwards in time to guide soldiers.

It helped them make life-saving decisions, often on the basis of a hunch.

He devised an experiment to test these ideas. He hooked up volunteers to a modified lie detector, which measured an electrical current across the surface of the skin.

This current changes when a person reacts to an event such as seeing an extremely violent picture or video. It’s the electrical equivalent of a wince.

Radin showed sexually explicit, violent or soothing images to volunteers in a random sequence determined by computer.

And he soon discovered that people began reacting to the pictures before they saw them. It was unmistakable. They began to ‘wince’ a few seconds before they actually saw the image.

And it happened time and time again, way beyond what chance alone would allow.

So impressive were Radin’s results that Dr Kary Mullis, a Nobel Prizewinning chemist, took an interest. He was hooked up to Radin’s machine and shown the emotionally charged images.

“It’s spooky,” he says “I could see about three seconds into the future. You shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Other researchers from around the world, from Edinburgh University to Cornell in the US, rushed to duplicate Radin’s experiment and improve on it. And they got similar results.

It was soon discovered that gamblers began reacting subconsciously shortly before they won or lost. The same effect was seen in those terrified of animals, moments before they were shown the creatures.

The odds against all of these trials being wrong are literally millions to one against.

Professor Dick Bierman decided to take this work even further. He is a psychologist who has become convinced that time as we understand it is an illusion. He could see no reason why people could not see into the future just as easily as we dip into memories of our past.

He’s in good company. Einstein described the distinction between the past, present and future as ‘a stubbornly persistent illusion’.

To prove Einstein’s point, Bierman looked inside the brains of volunteers using a hospital MRI scanner while he repeated Dr Radin’s experiments.

These scanners show which parts of the brain are active when we do certain tasks or experience specific emotions.

Although extremely complex, and with each analysis taking weeks of computing time, he has run the experiments twice involving more than 20 volunteers.

And the results suggest quite clearly that seemingly ordinary people are capable of sensing the future on a fairly consistent basis. Bierman emphasises that people are receiving feelings from the future rather than specific ‘visions’.

It’s clear, though, that if ordinary people can receive feelings from the future then perhaps the especially gifted may receive visions of things yet to be.

It’s also clear that many paranormal phenomena such as ESP and clairvoyance could have their roots in presentiment.

After all, if you can see a few seconds into the future, why not a few days or even years? And surely if you could look through time, why not across great distances?It’s a concept that ties the mind in knots, unless you’re a physicist.

“I believe that we can ‘sense’ the future,” says the Nobel Prizewinning physicist Brian Josephson.

“We just haven’t yet established the mechanism allowing it to happen.

“People have had so called ‘paranormal’ or ‘transcendental’ experiences along these lines. Bierman’s work is another piece of the jigsaw. The fact that we don’t understand something does not mean that it doesn’t happen.’

If we are all regularly sensing the future or occasionally receiving glimpses of it, as some mediums claim to do, then doesn’t that mean we can change the future and render the ‘prediction’ obsolete?

Or perhaps we were meant to receive the premonition and act upon it? Such paradoxes could go on for ever, providing a rich seam of material for films such as Minority Report – based on a short story of the same name – in which a special police department is able to foresee and prevent crimes before they have even taken place.

Could such science fiction have a grain of truth in it after all? The emerging view, Bierman explains, is that ‘the future has implications for the past’.

“This phenomena allows you to make a decision on the basis of what will happen in the future. Does that restrain our free will? That’s up to the philosophers. I’m far too shallow a person to worry about that.”

The problem with presentiment is that it appears so nebulous that you can’t rely on it to make reliable decisions. That may be the case, but there are plenty of instances where people wished they had listened to their premonitions or feelings of presentiment.

One of the saddest involves the Aberfan disaster. This occurred in 1966 when a coal tip collapsed and swept through a Welsh school killing 144 people, including 116 children. It turned out that 24 people had received premonitions of the tragedy.

One involved a little girl who was killed. She told her mother shortly before she was taken to school: “I dreamed I went to school and there was no school there. Something black had come down all over it.”

So should we listen to our instincts, hunches and dreams? Some experts believe we may already be using them in our everyday lives to a surprising degree.

Dr Jessica Utts at the University of California, who has worked for the US military and CIA as an independent auditor of its paranormal research, believes we are constantly sampling the future and using the knowledge to help us make better decisions.

“I think we’re doing it all the time,” she says. “We’ve looked at the data and it does seem to happen.”

So perhaps the Queen in Through The Looking Glass was right: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

Practice Seeing the Human Aura

Discover how to see the human aura with as little as five minutes of training. You will find out how people can unwittingly restrict their power to visualize an aura because of their expectations. Discover how with a bit of exercise and perseverance one can expose a totally new world of perception and sensory!

How often have we listened to people discuss auras? This is the energy field that covers the physical body. A lot of folks understand the construct but fewer ever see one. Most people presume that the only one’s that see them are alleged psychics and mediums. What if they were experienced on a more day-to-day basis than anyone imagined? What if everyday people like you and I could see them in as little as five to ten minutes of effort. What if each day people saw them quite frequently, but disregarded them because they believed it was an illusion of the light or that it wasn’t an intense enough visual cue to be an aura?

Here is a method one can use to visualize the basic human aura, and is something that anybody with an unobstructed psyche can accomplish. The initial matter we need to realize is that to begin with one isn’t going to see a dense colorized, luminous field of energy. You are going to see a shadowy milky outline around the head and shoulders about two to three inches off of the body. This outline may even appear somewhat see-through and moderately vague.
We have all seen the 3-D paintings in the mall before. You know the one’s that you’ve got to gaze at, relax your eyes and then suddenly, bam, what was concealed is now visible. Envisioning auras is very much the same formula!

All you need to get going is a willing collaborator and a blank wall.

1. Have your partner stand up against a white wall or dark one. Either one is accept able, however, the plainer the background the easier to see.

2. Stand about seven to nine feet away from the person against the wall. Blink your eyes a couple of times and try and relax them. The object is not to strain by focusing on any specific spot.

3. What you want to do is to concentrate on the person’s head, someplace between the bridge of the nose and the top of their hairline. You want to concentrate your primary vision there but use your peripheral vision to see around the head and shoulders.

If you’ve been able to relax your eyes enough what you will see will be very subtle. At first you might even ignore this as being an illusion of the light or your eyes. What the basic misconception is is that when one sees an aura it’s this mysterious field of energy radiating out four feet from the body with multi-colored textures undulating inside it. This is an unrealistic expectation for the undisciplined mind. Before you ran you had to learn to walk.

To begin with it is perfectly satisfactory to only see a vague white outline. With practice and a crystal clear mind one can improve their outcomes and reap a more detailed sighting of the aura. Be tolerant with yourself. With only a little amount of exercise you will be capable of seeing basic auras around all kinds of living and inanimate objects.

The secret is to not to anticipate too much right away! Unwarranted expectation is usually what ruins the experiences people have. It induces them to either not acknowledge what they’re encountering, or to presume they must not be seeing anything because they are anticipating a more unusual vision. Once again, the key to unlocking this extra sensory vision is having a realistic expectation. These three easy measures could be a beginning towards uncovering a world shrouded from your eyes, and perhaps one wondrous step towards a more magical world!

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