|Even devas and brahmas on heavenly planes need more merit (West Virginia Wisdom)|
|Kent Brockman of "The Simpsons" fame can offer some advice (FOX TV)|
|The arhat Ven. Sivali|
|The enormity of Anathapindika's monetary dana (generosity)|
|Pray: Petition, no! Isaiah-Effect, yes! (Ding_Zhou)|
STEP 2. Generate uninterrupted thoughts of being deserving based on past wholesome karma (kusala kamma), such as acts of generosity, reverence, contemplating the Marks of Existence, veneration of the enlightened, giving peace to others, and so on. (There are at least Ten Courses of Wholesome Action). Tap into the karma of others -- such as the Buddha, the arhats, Ven. Sivali, Anathapindika, and other accomplished individuals -- by bringing it to mind then approving and applauding their acts, which is wholesome mental and verbal activity for the one so engaged.
- NOTE: Karma is NOT "cause and effect," a definition which stipulates an "equal and opposite reaction." It is not that. Karma is exponential, redounding in deisrable and undesirable consequences, like a rock thrown at a target that continues on its path, initiating a cascade of effects (karmic results, of which there are two distinct kinds, fruits or phala and mental-resultants or vipaka) and further causes.
|Motivated by greed or karmic-result?|
- NOTE: Will an intentional bubble of protection before opening in meditation as there are inimical influences around that can take advantage. And aspire to meet with the results of all beneficial acts, the greatest being those of one's own development.
|Sivali amulets/charms from Thailand|
|KARMA "It's Everywhere You're Going To Be"|