I am writing this shortly after posting “A Jesus Story ” in response to a reader who asked, “Is sin similar to karma?”. Sin, and karma are common references taken when making evaluation on our personal lives. We are being navigated by them. Sin is an act consciously committed to violate the divine law by disrupting its balance despite being aware of the ramifications. Whereas karma is the spiritual matrix that governs, and regulates the ethos of humanity. Karma conceptualises life’s destiny of past, present and future in which sin is the primary feature. To hold the view on sin, and karma in similarity is a casual association that otherwise deserves explanation to bring the difference to light.
Within the precept of religious beliefs, sin is an unvirtuous attribute which erodes righteousness where the balance is tipped to provide a diagnosis for the soul needed in the after-life. Karma takes no defence, or sides on either good, or evil. The law suggests our existence inherent quality of opposites are consequential of each other without the alignment towards morality. On this basis of reasoning karma throws life destiny into a loop of continuity incorporating the idea of rebirth, or reincarnation of souls as the building block of its matrix. But, the translation of karma is easily distorted when a soul is allowed in its concept to journey through many lifetimes making life navigation less decisive, and fate more of a probability. Karma’s tenet may require thorough analysis, and constant review but it’s worthy of fostering as its construct has substance enough to explain the unexplainable without the indulgence of fallacious suppositions.
In rebirth, karma weighs the cycle of time that goes beyond the present. It notions past life time to validate the present, and present to provide for the future. As a matter of fact, karma is constantly redeveloping in every moment where past, and future converge in the present. Time matters to the mind, so it travels on a timeline. The spirit is not mindful of time, so it waits. Somewhere on that timeline where the mind travels on is a presence that can be felt when there is an encounter with the spirit. The present is the only zone where awakening spawns.
Christians don’t overtly embrace the laws of karma where much of their belief in so far as the soul is concerned will conclude its journey on “Judgement Day”. Here is the thing which I don’t get, why do Christians adjudge themselves as sinners, or that their grief is the result of unrepented sin when such submission is hinting on the possibility of rebirth, or slightest inference on the concept of karma? If sinners can be verified then where do Christians inherited their sins from? In spite of the contrasting religious milieu, the one thing Western and Eastern ideologies do share is the sin that still tarries will bring us back into existence with the purpose to repair it. To me, sin is the prisoner, and karma is the prison. We are subjects of entrapment, but in a spiritual journey in search of epiphany.
THE PROPHECY OF A SECOND CHANCE:-
The gospel has given mentions on the return of Jesus as the second coming, a belief shared amongst Christians, and Muslims brotherhood. Contrary to the view held as a personal and spiritual development, the fraternity is adopting a physical return of Jesus as the idea. If so, isn’t this a kind of rebirth? What would the agenda be for Jesus to return to existence? Is he expected to relive his suffering in order to give mankind hope, and forgive sinners only to witness them to repeat it again? If not, then what has this prophecy got to gain?
When Jesus was asked who he was, he replied, “I AM”. If ever there was an answer to suggest that I don’t have a clue, that would be it. “I AM” is nothing more than being forthright in giving recognition as evidence to the character, and purpose of Jesus. Whether intended, or not in stating the obvious it’s a response clever enough to deceive the limitation of the mind. The appearance of Jesus is a revelation of commonality which loses its meaning when his presence is questioned. We tend to struggle to ready ourselves in associating our presence with divinity because we have the tendency take refuge in disbelieving. To not recognise the obvious in commonality that we share with Jesus is to lose sight of divinity within ourselves. Like karma, we are a representation of unbiased divinity.
Karma reflects a kind of madness in that new results are expected from repeating the same task. Einstein has a similar saying on insanity. If I am not mistaken, I am noticing that humanity has a quirky nature of being compulsive, and obsessive. I think we are naturally mad, and I’ll be the first to admit “I AM”.
Let’s assume the board of Monopoly. It’s a real classic. Monopoly encapsulates many of life’s events, and attributes. Firstly, the rules of the game must be learned. The mind of a new player is aware of the game, but without yet knowledge, or experience. Starting off the game, players are provided money in one hand for strategy, and a pair of dice in the other for luck. And so, by the roll of dice the game of life sets out on taking chances to fulfil the strategy with a bit of luck.
Imagine Jesus plays Monopoly. His expertise will show in the confidence he exudes. Should the stroke of the karmic law prove Jesus’s return, it would likely elevate “I AM…” to the next level of “I AM THE GAME”. “THE GAME” returns to pull us out from madness. This makes sense only this time it would be our turn to make the sacrifice. Are we worthy of taking such CHANCE? When you recognise the presence of divinity, doubt not and take that chance. You might get lucky with a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.