Our lives present us with content and thus the opportunity to discover through the process of living, the virtues we need to gain and the vices we need to remove so that we may evolve. For example, you may find that you are a very patient person who is gentle, peaceful, and loving. However, you may also discover that you are weak, indecisive and lack the steadfastness needed to accomplish your earthly mission. Life will then put you in a situation where you have the opportunity to discover your vices. What you do with this is how you create karma and build character.
The question then becomes how do you build character? Character is reflected in how you react to things. Character is built through our experiences and work, also known as our earthly duties. According to karma no one should be judged by the mere nature of their duties, but all should be accountable by the manner and spirit in which they perform them. Those who do the so-called lower work are not necessarily the lower person. This simply means how we perform our duties(work) is the real determination of character.
We often judge a person by what they do, or have as opposed to how they performed the work. We also oftentimes judge others by our customs and values. We should remember to see the duty of others through their own eyes and customs and never judge others by our own standards. No one or any culture holds the standard for the universe. When this thinking comes into play, we develop prejudices and bias and these are mighty strong vices.
The chaos of life will always be whirling around us. But chaos can present us with opportunity for growth. We just need to realize that we have the power to turn chaos into opportunity. The chaos of life will challenge our sense of balance, our strength and our peace of mind. We must decide to either walk our soulful path or let the chaos of life sweep us into a frenzy. Just remember the basic nature of cosmic energy is chaos with the potential to create or destroy. How we use this energy to combat vices and build virtues depends upon our strength and flexibility, and our ability to bring balance and peace to our lives. This takes work and that’s karma– let’s get started
So, how do we develop virtues? Observe without judgment. It is one of the fundamental laws of karma; non-judgment. It is the ability to view the world without superimposing your opinions, perceptions and attitudes. The minute we apply judgement we break the suggested rule of “do no harm.” To judge another is to challenge another person’s right to walk their own path. Everyone is on their own mission and yet the mission of life involves all of us. We are not here to judge the path of another person. We are here to understand both our actions and our reactions and then reconstruct them so as to create a strong and virtuous character, and in this make the world a better place. The focus in life should always be on self and self-development without harm to anyone or anything. You are simultaneously responsible for bringing goodness to everyone and everything, and at the same time only responsible for the path you walk. Walk it with respect and kindness.
Taming the chaotic nature of life is work and will not come without a lot of effort. That’s karma. It means action with moral consequences. The paradox is that although this work takes tremendous conscious effort, when living it, we find peace and tranquility. However, along the way there will be many temptations. The greatest temptation of all will be that of the ego. It is the ego that judges and thinks it can justify anything and everything; even violence. It is the ego that throws up walls of division. Pull your ego in and place your soul on top. Consciously taming the ego, we remove these walls and learn to embrace the unity of life and when this happens, we discover why we are here; to discover through the process of living, the virtues we need to gain and the vices we need to remove. Developing virtues is the “soul” purpose of our existence here on earth. Therefore, practice compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, peace, creativity and devotion, and in this you will discover wisdom.
Namaste ~ may you go with health happiness and peace
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