Someone asked, “If humans only have one life, why does anything each individual does matter?”

Humans have not one, but many lives, see: Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Everything and every person matters. It matters very much to the individual because cumulative choices determine individual and collective destiny. It matters cosmically in various degrees because each individual is a part of the large whole and there is an underlying unity and purpose that binds us all together. The consciousness that things matter, and the degrees of it, arise out of the realization of love in the spiritual sense of that word.

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Someone asked, “With regard to karma, what are the rules and morals to avoid being punished?”

Karma does not punish. Karma is for education and the evolution of consciousness. When you put your hand in the fire, that also is a kind of immediate karma. The fire is not a personal agent of punishment but the natural working of law. It is the same with karma though usually the effect is not immediate. It is we who punish or reward ourselves by our choices.

Karma, in forms we perceive as good or bad, is the working of natural law. There is one master key to working with the law in ways that do not rebound painfully upon us. That key is the higher law, which is the path of love. Love transcends the lower law by imposition of a higher one. We are speaking of true love that is wisdom in action. The opposite of love is extreme selfishness and it is that which is at the root of painful karma.

But it is better not to think negatively in terms of avoiding punishment. Rather think positively in terms of right living by and through love. Love is light. If bad karma is darkness, then love banishes it with light. You don’t have to shovel out the darkness—just turn on the light.

Some Key Passages on Karma

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples

Someone asked, “I can’t believe that the things I think are the ´truth’. I can’t find any peace in my head anymore. Help?”

Questioning the the things you think are true is way of philosophy. So congratulations on the awakening philosopher within you. But neither thinking nor philosophy will be of true value or give you peace unless you go more deeply into them than is usual.

Below, I offer three short entertaining videos that may be helpful. The first is about thinking, and the second is about awakening. Thinking is essential but, in the deeper sense, it is not thinking by itself that will lead toward clarity and peace. Rather, it is a more mysterious thing often called “awakening.” This concerns the evolution of consciousness, about which also see: The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples.

The third video below is on love and self discovery, because awakening is intimately bound up with discovering who we are and the meaning of love in the deepest sense.

Thinking–a movie clips montage

 

The Awakening, a Movie Clips Montage

Movie Clips Love Montage “Who are You?”

If you find the above videos interesting and would like to explore further, see this
YouTube Playlist
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Somone asked on Quora, “Is Donald Trump evil?”

“The Spirit of Darkness, pondering how to still more firmly lash humanity to Earth, thought…’I shall provide them with a reflection so that they may become accustomed to being with their own image.’ Thus did the servants of Darkness bring a mirror to the people!”

Agni Yoga, 1929

It’s amazing to me that I had to read through six pages of answers before coming to one that said “Yes, he is evil.” It seems that people have vague and theologically complicated thinking about evil and are not using common sense on the matter. And it’s true that the world and people can not be sharply divided into evil on the one hand and good on the other. There are many degrees of good and evil with lots of greys in between.

Someone suggested that he is not evil and that he is simply:

“- Stupid
– Incompetent
– Ignorant
– Lazy”

And while the above certainly has considerable applicability it overlooks the glaring fact that such vices as these are the handmaidens of evil and that they readily, consciously or unconsciously, cooperate with it and pave the way for its manifestations.

But to get real about understanding evil and how to recognize it we need a simple definition. For this let us look first at the opposite of evil and for that the most clear definition is love, that word and principle which in the West is identified with Christ. What then is the opposite of love? I submit that is is heartlessness of extreme selfishness. If you look out upon the world and its history, I think you will find that the root of every evil can be traced to extreme selfishness and it is this that expresses in harm to others, in cruelty and heartlessness.

Donald Trump is not a 100% selfish and evil but the percentage is so high, and the resulting damage to the US and humanity so great that the word “evil” is definitely applicable. If you look at the man’s life and what he has said and done—and as long as you don’t listen to the absurd propaganda of Fox news (itself an evil)—then you will come to understand the harsh reality of it. I don’t consider myself a Christian but I do subscribed to the principle of Love embodied by Christ and I see in the worst of humanity what the Christians would call the hand of the anti-Christ. In this connection, I submit for your review the following video:

A Donald Trump Montage: Christianity Religion Philosophy Biography

 

Someone asked, “Is consciousness the same as a soul?”

The phrase “have a soul” is misleading and a reversal of the nature of things. The real individual is a soul and it is the soul that, for a period, “has a physical body.”

Yes, we can equate the word “consciousness” and “soul” and, depending on what we mean by the words, that does approach part of the truth. But ordinary consciousness is temporarily under the spell of illusions. Consciousness in the ordinary sense is not soul, rather ordinary consciousness is an extremely stepped down, shadowy, very partial, and often distorted mirror of the soul or higher self.

The soul is a pure multidimensional energy of immortal love, intelligence, wisdom, will, harmony, order, light, meaning, and beauty. It is the aura, the magnetism, the radiance of all these and it is evolving and unfolding according to its infinite potential. If when we say “consciousness” the word has all these connotations and more, then the soul is consciousness.

Image from: Morphing with Light

 

 

Someone asked, “Do you think it’s wiser to forget the toxic realities of life or dare to be kinder and more compassionate to everything?”

Do not forget, but do magnify the good because thought and attention create. Be conscious of your surroundings so as not to fall into the ditch. As you move forward, be keenly but peripherally aware of the toxic realities but keep your gaze firmly fixed on the bright path before you. Look directly at the toxic only when it is your karma, your mission, and your talent to grapple for a time with a specific aspect of it. About being kinder and more compassionate in all things, yes, yes, yes.

Someone asked, “Do people realize that life is a cosmic joke and something that probably ought to not have been because of the suffering that is inherent within it?”

No, life is the unfolding of a cosmic purpose and while occasional threads of humor are present, it is a most serious and profound undertaking. The long history of suffering is for education and the blood, sweat, and tears also derive from that deep unfolding purpose.

In ancient times, servitors of dim instincts fought for survival where truth seemed no more than the fearsome laws of the jungle. Tribal truths groped forward as magical spirits good and bad and darkest instincts grayed toward mythic spirits, dragons and goddesses, but these were often used by a host of red conquers. It may not seem now that truth could be red, but with glimmers of common fire, of protection and exchange, it was an advance over dark terrors of the jungle.

Group truths struggled forward under a fear-infused sense of right and wrong with imposition of laws and rules. Teachers came, then quickly forgotten and mostly ignored, their impress shadow-shifted to more religious Towers of Babel where stolen fires heated iron gray cauldrons of desire and power.

Religious fanatics practiced their cruel trade and crowds of partly right people strained under the spell of pseudo-truths. A small number discovered thought and tried, with small success, for education. The gods of thought gave birth to science, and the truths of science engendered more gods. From philosophers, theologians, and technicians came misuse with metal in the sky, and dry abstractions in place of the heart. But the mind had exercise even in these and some with a stronger “I” stood apart.

Gradually, the truth of “I” is moving toward “we” where truth can be stated in the plural. The need to patent it as exclusive property of a particular faith begins to wane. The many are still fighting over absolute truth, but here and there comparative study of light is alive. From this, the momentous–a tear in the illusory web of space and time. Thought moves toward unity, embracing relative and absolute. It moves toward the cosmic, toward the vistas of stars and Space.

Yes, the ground shakes and a thousand deaths mark the violence. It has been so since the beginning. Now, we take each tremor as the first, not marking the long history of Earth, or the longer history of exploding stars. Floods, bombs, plagues, wars, cycle in history. And finally the burning questions and wonder at the vast solemn array of nature’s austere visitations. I think in this the crucible of pain and time is laid mysterious compassionate lessons of life and death.

We have always been free to die and free to live, and die we have down the ages by the thousands and millions–but not alone, rather in waves of life and death. We die at home and in far places, in good company and bad; we have died well and poorly. Our deaths and lives are personal and cosmic; it is our way.

We live beneath a canopy of life and death. Our sky is adorned with ancient records; luminous ghosts that ceased shining long before humans peopled Earth. We may wonder what civilizations rose and fell around those lost points of light. Yet, life being one, it is our sky, our record, and our life. And I see that no point is lost, for every point of seeming loss is ours, is beginning also, and every bloom of new life is ours.

Life, near and far touches us, rouses to action, and death rouses to action. The old dark holds of tears and death have been ours, and will be ours yet with more open eyes. Tomorrow’s life and light are also ours, and close upon us today. Looking up, all the lost points are gathered in wondrous constellations; future patterns warm with promise, laid out beyond the beauty of today’s best dreams.

Are we then from the night only, from the dark womb of earth, of time, of tears and pain? I say we are as well from bright beginnings and unspeakable joy. History shows and will show dark, yet further back still, back through creation to the first bright blooms of universes, we were infinite then as now.

Portions dapted from my writings: Morphing with Light

Keys of perspective:

Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Some Key Passages on Karma

The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples

 

 

Morphing with Light