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What Is Karma?

Paperback Book
June, 1998
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$13.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

People will moan about their unhappy past, and ache because they cannot undo it; but they forget to undo the unhappy future which they are now busy making.

The word “karma” is now widely used in everyday speech, although perhaps not very seriously. However, if we think about it, this law of cause and effect emerges as soon as we try to understand our lives. When we say “Why me?” we are asking about karma. Why are there times in life when everything goes easily and smoothly, and times when nothing goes right? Why do things happen the way they do? What is Karma? is a thought-provoking collection of brief essays for anyone trying to understand this universal law. Interestingly, while karma is usually associated with Eastern thought, Paul Brunton’s perspective is both Eastern and Western. For example, in contrast to Buddhism, which is non-theistic, he speaks of karma as a law created by God. He does, however, avoid simplistic or one-sided views of karma (and of life) by rejecting both a stereotypical Western idea of unlimited free will, and the equally stereotypical Eastern idea that we are passive victims of fate. Above all, he explains karma as a principle of personal and spiritual evolution that makes us fully responsible for our lives, while it also allows for the workings of divine grace.

Only when you can judge your own fortune with impersonality and without complaint, can you develop the capacity to understand the mystery of your destiny and why it has taken one particular course instead of another.

“Any serious man or woman in search of spiritual ideas will find a surprising challenge and an authentic source of inspiration and intellectual nourishment in the writings of Paul Brunton.” —Jacob Needleman

Paul Brunton (1898-1981) wrote many books which played a seminal role in introducing the philosophies of yoga and meditation to Western readers. Among them are A Search in Secret India and The Secret Path.

Publisher’s Description: 

This book gathers what the wise of all ages and traditions say on these and related issues, and expresses their wisdom in modern, timely language.

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