Karma Dharma

Published on Dec 05, 2007 by in DharmaTalk


Karma means that whatever we do, with our bodies, speech, or minds, will have a corresponding result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with its consequences. It is said by the masters that even a little poison can cause death, and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree. And as Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.”

Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.”

Karma does not decay like external things, or ever become inoperative. It cannot be destroyed “by time, fire, or water.” Its power will never disappear, until it is ripened.

– Sogyal Rinpoche

photo 1) i took this photo of “Kaibab” the Temple H(om)es Kaibab squirrel yesterday at my backyard feeder. Kaibab squirrels are an example of evolution due to geographic isolation; they are only found within 40 miles of the WF Temple H(om)e. I love them. Kaibab squirrels, ponderosa pines, and the fungi which grow in the vicinity of the ponderosas exist in a symbiotic relationship. Like “Kaibab” we also choose our next evolution (incarnation) by the Consciousness Filaments that we take into our Bardo Fitness. Our steadfast efforts in Self Cultivation, our ego, and the social environment in which we live all exist in a symbiotic relationship; each Word we speak, each thought we think, each action we execute counts. that is why back in the beginning of Wholistic Fitness, i taught the maxim;
“Nothing matters, yet everything counts.”

photo 2) Oh, times they are a tough at the WF Temple H(om)e. The saying, “The baby changes everything,” holds some Truth, especially when it comes to the attitude of Temple Cat Being, Jasper. Jasper, used to being the ‘everything’ to Ananda, is hurting due to lack of attention. So, he has taken to climbing into the baby stroller in order to remind Ananda that He, not Dewa, was Ananda’s first baby. I love Animal Beings. I still live very close to my Animal incarnations. How about you? Are you re-Membering with your Animal incarnations? Just Listen in Meditation, in Solo Asana; How can you not? That is why so many yoga postures are named in honor of animals; those postures are nothing but a re-Member-ing with our past lives as countless animals…

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