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Mona
India

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Hi!

It is said that repentance and remorse are Godly. What does it mean? Suppose a man commits murder or breaks hearts and then repents. Will he be forgiven? Will he escape divine punishment if he repents? Then everyone will commit sin, repent and escape punishment.

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

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Hi! And joy to you.

Repentance means being sorry or having regret for wrong doing. Remorse is associated with the experience of pain as it relates to a wrong doing. Repentance and remorse is Godly when one is sincerely sorry and attempts to make amends for a wrong act. It is a very good habit to go out of the way to correct a negative action with a positive action. Most people put more energy into blaming others or they may do nothing at all to correct an error.

Nandini
India

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How much of life is controlled by our destiny (product of previous thoughts and actions) and how much of it is controlled by our current thoughts and actions?

I ask this in connection to the fact that some changes in my life have been very different from what I have expected. And I have actually been thankful that destiny has worked its own way instead of conceeding to my blinkered thoughts.

Thank you.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

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Our lives are controlled completely by our own self-created karma, meaning the actions we do in this lifetime, as well as what we have done in all our previous lifetimes (which are many in number). These actions, or karma, determine what happens in our lives today, especially as these actions have been repeated over many lifetimes.

mary
usa

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Our abundance externally seems to be linked to our realization of our Divine abundance internally. How does Karma interface with this? Also I think that the more I love God the less I need to ask others for wisdom. And the more I realize that my “truth” is not the truth others may perceive for me. Thank you for responding. Blessings to you.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Friend,

In your note above you’ve brought up several subjects and it may be helpful to be clear about what they are:

1. Does material abundance flow from (what you term) “Divine abundance internally”?

2. How does karma affect #1?

June 11
2013

Rohini
India

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I had badmouthed a close friend of mine before not less than 20 other people several times because of something unacceptable and bad she had done to me and for which she had no regret.Even she knew that she had done a bad thing but she rationalized her misdeed. That angered me more. But I have been given to understand that we create bad karma for ourselves even when we talk ill of those who ill-treat us.Can I reverse that karma by praying for her?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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I am sorry for the pain this string of events has caused both you and your friend.

Yes — you are right — we do create bad karma when we speak ill of others. Think of karma as a teacher. In this instance, your friend did something hurtful to you. In return, you sought to hurt her by badmouthing her several times before a large group of people. So, unless she had committed some grave crime against you in the eyes of God or man, it is quite possible the damage that you have done to her name now outweighs the original harm she did to you.

Mona
India

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Hi!

If I am not wrong, human beings incur negative karma even when they do something wrong as kids or ignorant in their youth when they are 20-21.They don’t know that they are doing something wrong, yet what they do is considerd to be sins. Then when animals kill, they are not considered to be sinners. Why? After all in both cases, the negative deed is being done unknowingly.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Mona,

Karma is the sum total of every action, activity, or thought a person has had or done, in this and every other lifetime.

Most people think of all karma as "bad," but that is incorrect. It is simply an action or a thought. Karma may be bad (harmful), neutral, or good (helpful).

Sana
India

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Hi!!!

Master had said that it is we who with the guidance of other spiritual masters choose what kind of life would lead bfore we take birth and people we would encounter to enable our spiritual growth.There are many people who are murderers, cunning, harmful and selfish. I have seen so many (sociopaths) men who are full of lust confess love to women just to talk dirty advantage and vice versa. Why would such people choose a life full of vices for themselves? How would such a life help them grow spiritually?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Sana,

I agree that it is inconceivable that a soul would choose to be a murderer or other kind of despicable character. That is one reason why, to my knowledge, Paramhansa Yogananda never said that which you attributed to him. I know it is popular in some circles to speak that way, but from what I know of Master’s teachings, I cannot imagine him having said that. His emphasis was ever on how desires—which is to say, unresolved karmas—determine the circumstances of most souls’ incarnations.

Mona
India

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Dear Parvitiji!

Thank you for your answer on suffering and sensitivity.

In one of your questions on whether bad thoughts are as good as bad actions, I read your answer. There have been times when I got harmful thoughts towards people who have ill-treated me. However, I didn’t harm them in reality and controlled myself even when I had the means to harm them, for fear of incurring bad karma. Will that negative thought still be counted in my account? If yes, will prayer and apology from God help?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

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If our intention is to harm someone, even in thought, then it creates a pattern of energy within us. This is how we create karma. It is these patterns of energy that build within us as we repeat such thoughts or actions. So the answer to your question is, yes, we do create karma even by having the thought to harm someone else, and even if we don’t complete the thought with an outward action.

Carina
Germany

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All my life i have always felt a deep ache in my heart because of what happened to the Jews (and others) in during the Holocaust in Germany.

I am very much interested to find out about Master's opinion on Hitler and Nazi Germany. I am sure that he was aware of the happenings and knew about the execution of millions of innocent people.

I once read somewhere that Master often cried at nights because of the cruel nightmare which was taking place in Germany. Is this true? (Unfortunately i cant find this article anymore). It would be so nice to know that Master felt compassion for these people and "stood up" against Hitler and the Nazis in some way or another.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Carina, you are not alone in feeling deep compassion and hurt for the sufferings of so many people. That such a thing should happen is almost impossible to understand, especially for us today.

The workings of karma are strange and hard to fathom. As Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, "weep not, Arjuna, for the soul is indestructible and you and I and these have been through many lives."

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