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Monday, December 6, 2010

A little note about "luck" or "karma"...

What is "luck"? (Most Chinese or Asian people believe in "luck")

It can be bad. It can be good...

In terms of Buddhism and yoga, we can link this "luck" with karma, cause and effect. Good luck equal to good karma. Bad luck equal to bad karma.

We might know that we and other people whom we know in our life, are going through different experiences in life. Some experiences bring us joy and happiness, and some experiences bring us painful sorrow and unhappiness.

When we experience painful sorrow and unhappiness in life, naturally we will think, "Why do we have such bad experiences even though (we think) we didn't do anything really bad in life and had tried to live a life with lots of good thoughts, actions and speech?"

And looking at some other people who didn't do much good deeds and have been doing lots of wrong and evil actions and speech but they are having all the "good things" in life, and that will make us think, "This is so unfair!"

That's when we think that either that must be something has to do with "luck" or "karma"...

Well, indeed it is the law of karma. Nothing is not karma.


If we believe in ourselves and our heart is pure and bright (loving, optimistic and cheerful), everything will turn out to be good luck for us... Things that seem to be obstacle or not good for other people, it is actually "good luck" for us and are helping us in someway and somehow...

We are the one who creates our own luck (karma). No one can give us good luck or bad luck (good karma or bad karma).


When we frown at ourselves and frown at other people (being angry and hating ourselves and other people, and being unhappy about ourselves and other people), we are creating "bad luck" for ourselves... If our heart is full of anger and hatred, we are inviting "bad luck" or "negative energy" to come into our life... The more we complain about anything, the more the bad luck will grow in our heart...

When we smile at ourselves and smile at other people (being loving and compassionate towards ourselves and other people, and being happy about ourselves and other people), we are creating good luck for ourselves... If our heart is full of love and compassion, our good luck will be over flowing and other people will also share our good luck which is endless and unlimited or will never be exhausted...

The more we give and share without asking for rewards in return, the more the good luck (virtue and merit) will grow in our heart even if we are not craving for any good luck or are not looking for any good karma...

If we have been doing lots of good deeds in actions and speech, but our mind is still full of impure thoughts and is over-powered by anger, hatred, jealousy, greed and lustful desire, then it is like we are building a beautiful wooden house with "good deeds", but at the same time, we are also inviting lots of termites into the house with "impure thoughts". Just by doing good is not enough, but we also need to stop creating bad karma (negative energy) and not just at the physical actions and speech level but also cultivate light and purity in the mind.

Be grateful and thankful, stop complaining... We will see the change of "luck" in our life very soon.

Endure or withstand all the bad karma (bad luck) that are ripen and are happening to us in our life now without resistance or complaint. Let go of the past unhappy happenings, don't let them continue to haunt us or affect us. We have to take full responsibility for our own past karma that we had created for ourselves through our thoughts, action and speech, whether consciously or unconsciously, whether we remember or don't remember, whether we are aware of or are unaware of.

At the same time, be loving, compassionate and forgiving towards our own self and towards all other beings... Be patient, generous, cheerful, thoughtful, motivative, supportive and uplifting towards ourselves and towards other people either through our thoughts, actions and speech or just through any one of them, without asking for anything in return, without craving for good karma or good luck in return.

And be very patient... A tree needs time and nurturing to grow into a mature state to have flowers and fruit.

This will change our life by creating good karma and stop creating bad karma, without being attached to our good deeds, without craving for good karma or aversion towards bad karma.

If we continue to create bad karma along side with creating good karma, it is like, planting a tree on a dry land with no water or nutrients. Or it is like, planting a tree on a good land but there are lots of insects and animals that are eating the leaves, or the flowers, or the fruit even before we can actually harvest the fruit and taste the fruit.

If we still are not happy and not satisfied with our life experiences now, after doing lots of good deeds, then ask ourselves, "Are we really selfless and pure in all our thoughts, actions and speech? Or are we still have some selfishness and impure thoughts, actions and speech?"

And ask ourselves, "Are we still complaining about something even though we are actually more lucky than lots of other suffering beings in the world?"

If we are truly selfless and pure, then there shall be no complaints at all, because we will be grateful and thankful for everything that we are having now (the tiny little good things such like able to sleep, can breath freely, can move the fingers and toes, or can go to the toilet) or not having (there are so many people are suffering because they cannot sleep, cannot breath freely, cannot move their fingers and toes, or cannot go to the toilet!), and we will appreciate whatever that we are having now and not complain about the bad things or the things that we wanted to have but we couldn't have or didn't have...

We are so much lucky than lots of people in the world. Even if we don't have anything that we want and have all the things that we don't want, we still have our own Self...

At the end, there is nothing is "good" or "bad" when we know the truth of everything, that everything is the manifestation of cause and effect, and everything is just being what it is...

"Illness", "old age", "injury", "accident", "conflict", "separation from the loved ones", "failure", "unhappy experiences", "obstacle", "ignorance", "death" and etc... They all are not "bad luck". They are not something "bad". They are the manifestations from our past karma. They are just being what it is. They all are subject to impermanence, and eventually they all will be gone. We are the one who had created all these karma, and now we harvest the fruit of our past deeds... Good taste or bad taste, still it is our own products produced by ourselves...


Be happy...

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