Post by nilamadhava on Aug 10, 2019 1:57:31 GMT -6
Just thinking today about the idea of 'life lessons' in contrast or comparison to the idea of 'karma'. Here's how I would define them and their difference...
Life lessons seem to imply a concept that one is born into a certain situation in order to learn certain lessons. Or as one lives their life and goes in and out of situations they are meant to learn certain things. And if one doesn't learn them, then 'history repeats itself' or in other words 'one doesn't progress until one learns one's lessons' for history repeats itself only for those who don't learn from it, right? Does that make sense in terms of how I'm framing the concept of 'life lessons'?
In contrast, karma seems to say that we're born into a certain situation because of our past deeds and that as we experience our karma, it burns off and is gone. Of course we make more karma, but that's not my point here. So what would seem a 'life lesson' from a karmic point of view isn't necessarily a lesson. It's just a passing phase. Sure we might learn something from it, but such learning stored in our intelligence (which is matter) is temporary. Karma means we burn through the experiences of life and also create new ones to experience in future lives (for those not engaged in a transcendent path).
And lastly, how would each concept be different for and/or applicable to those on transcendent paths?
"Unless I am able to analyze the unconscious aspects of the society in which I live, I cannot know who I am, because I don't know which part of me is not me." - Erich Fromm