Karma and learning

Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama


One has to reap the fruits of his karma. The law of karma is inevitable and is accepted by all the great philosophies of the world. As you sow, so shall you reap. Learn to perform your duties skillfully without aversion or attachment, and do not believe that anything can wash off your bad karma.


Taking a bath in a  river and making pilgrimages from one shrine to another will not free you from the bondage of karma. Such belief is only superstition and has no logic.


The student is always loved by his teacher. A genuine teacher never condemns his student, no matter how bad the student maybe. Instead, the teacher gently helps and corrects.
However much a child misbehaves, a truly loving mother will continue to tenderly care for him. As a mother raises her child with love, gentleness, and guidance, so a master raises his student.


When understanding is not present, then talk is needed in order to relate, but language is a poor means of communication.


Young age is the budding period of the flower of life. It needs protection so that the diverse opinions of others do not create confusion in the mind.
A tender mind can be bent easily. Loving guidance and right communication is important.

Parents who pay proper attention to their children can help them to pass through the adolescent period. This is the period of shaping the habits  of the mind.


There is a narrow barrier between selfishness and selflessness, love and hatred. After crossing it one enjoys doing things for others, without seeking anything in return.
This is the highest of all joys, and an essential step in the path of enlightenment.


A selfish man can never imagine this state of realization, for he remains within the limited boundaries built by his ego.
A selfless man trains his ego and uses it for higher purposes. Selflessness is one common characteristic that we find among all great men and women of the world.

Nothing could be achieved without selfless service. All the rituals and knowledge of the scriptures are in vain if actions are performed without selflessness.



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