Thursday, June 7, 2018

Karma and Near-Death Experiences (video)

Dr. Jeffrey Long via SeekTruthAndWisdom; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly

Ah, I get it now.
Near-death experience (NDE) testimonies come from six survivors who tell their stories of interacting with the afterlife. The Buddha was right: life continues (samsara). This short documentary covers the bases. Death is no obstacle to the working out of karma, good and ill.

The way to get more good and less ill is to water down the ill with more good. For instance, say you have a glass of water and you pour some salt in. Taste it. Salty, yuck! How do we get that salt out? We don't. But no need to worry! There's a workable solution.

We'll dilute it with more clean water, so much clean water that the salt will become small by comparison.

"Good" karma (actions motivated by nongreed, nonhatred, nondelusion) bear fruit as welcome, wished for, pleasant, and charming karmic-results called phala ("fruit") and vipaka ("mental resultants"). Bad karma, not so much.

"Every day, an average of 600 adults in the U.S. will have a near-death experience."

Mm, do we live again after we die? - Sort of.
This doesn't mean there's a real "self," eternal soul, or ego (consciousness, spirit, whatever) that lives forever. Things will be lost here. But karma will carry over.

In an ultimate sense, and only in an ultimate sense, the actor does not bear the results. One person does, and who that person becomes reaps the results. So it doesn't seem fair, but it is operating along very tight karmic rules. It's an impersonal law, so there'll be no rationalizing and explaining things away. Therefore, be careful. It all comes back. All we think, say, and do comes back to us manifold, having grown exponentially.

Is there something you wish you hadn't done? Then do something you'll be glad you did!

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