Can Good Karma Protect Us From Tragedy?

It has probably always been in human nature to find strategies to prevent bad things from happening to us. Our brains seem wired for superstition. It can quickly become wired to connect two unrelated things like winning a baseball game with wearing certain socks. Those things can't be connected and yet the brain can form a connection as part of this instinct to shield us from anything bad.I think it's easy to fall into that trap when thinking about karma and how it works. I think our brains … [Read more...]


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Karma is not your bitch

There's a popular phrase in America "Karma's a bitch." It's used when the speaker hears of something bad happening to someone they think deserved it.Sometimes I think Americans have an okay grasp of the concept of karma. But then I hear that phrase and I want to force them all to sit down and read Karma Misunderstood!It's like they think karma is the name of some vengeful Goddess of justice. Karma is not a person. It's a law of the universe. The law of karma/law of action is that every … [Read more...]


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Compassion for a Friend

A friend of this blog who is both a non-Indian Hindu like me and also gay has written a heart breaking essay about his experiences of homosexuality and Hinduism. It's a must read!Empty Without EmpathyHe urges us to have compassion for others and acknowledge their hurts even if the material world is not the ultimate reality. He asks us not to distance ourselves from the suffering of our friends and neighbors with philosophical platitudes. It is my own personal theory that these kinds of … [Read more...]


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Karma Happens

Something that came up in our discussion group from a while back is that karma means only action and it is indifferent to good action v.s. bad action. All actions have karmic consequences, even the good ones.It is these natural results that keep us tied to this world because we must experience those results, whether good or bad.Karma attaches to us for both good actions and bad actions, but the goal is to have none of it attach.Sri Krishna's instructions in the Gita (which we will … [Read more...]


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Some People Are Outgoing, Right?

Sometimes I am frustrated with my own timidity.There are things I want to do but then shyness suddenly overtakes me. And I berate myself later, but in that moment my confidence fails me. Last week it was the Yatra where I should have asked for blessings for Brad and myself and I chickened out.This week I went early to Sathya Sai Baba bhajan group for the practice session. Some of the ladies there have been asking me if I'm going to try leading a song and once they put the idea in my … [Read more...]


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Hinduism 101: What do Hindus Believe?

I've been perusing through Yahoo answers and it seems like every page or so someone is asking "What do Hindus believe?" Quite an enormous question!I tried to find a post of mine to direct the questioners to, but found nothing. It seems I have not done a broad overview post for those entirely unfamiliar with Hinduism.So here it is: the big overview...  What is Hinduism and What Do Hindus Believe First of all, Hinduism is a word that is used to refer to a vast variety of people and … [Read more...]


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Karma Burning: Things I Need To Work On

When I was a kid hearing about how we are born into our lives in order to purify our souls, burn off karmic consequences, and grow closer to enlightenment, I wanted to start work on that immediately.Some people think that a belief in reincarnation would make someone complacent, feeling like they have all the time in the world to deal with problems. Not for me! I felt from a very young age how short this life is and I didn't want to squander it. I wanted to make great strides in the goal of … [Read more...]


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Karma: Misunderstood

The concept of karma is something that people seem to have a lot of misunderstanding about. The comments on my post about verse five of the Isha Upanishads inspired me to talk a little bit about it. These are big, big concepts. There aren't quick and simple answers here because in order to understand someone else's religion and beliefs, you do have to be able to set aside your own and see through that person's eyes. The Hindu way of looking at sin and punishment is just so completely different … [Read more...]


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