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Friday, 15 May 2015

Character and Karma

Hope the New Year, 2015 is treating you well. Today, I am going to talk a little about the Character of an individual and a bit about Karma.

I believe that the character of any person is the blend of his tendencies and the summation of the bent of his mind. I have heard many motivational speakers say this to their audience that we are what our thoughts have made us. Did you ever realize that every single work that we do, every movement of our body and every thought that strikes us, deliver an impression on the mind. If you notice that what we are at different moments is actually determined by the sum total of these impressions on our mind. Everybody's character is at every moment in their life is determined by the sum total of these impressions. If good impressions prevail, the character becomes good, if bad impressions prevail, it becomes bad.

Now, what is Karma? The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit word Kri, which literally means -To Do; therefore, we can say that all actions is Karma. However, there is another meaning of this word, which is; The Effects Of Actions. In metaphysics, sometimes it also means the Effects Of Our Past Actions. But then, what is Karma Yoga?  In Karma-Yoga we have simply keep in mind the word Karma which means work. Swami Vivekananda often mentioned in his discourses, that the goal of mankind is knowledge; and it is that knowledge which is one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure should never be the goal of man; instead it should be acquiring knowledge. Pleasure and happiness will and for sure, come to an end someday.

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