New Age Spirituality Inspirational Stories Part 1

The word Karma is​ derived from the Sanskrit Kri, to​ do; all action is​ Karma. Technically, this word also means the effects of​ actions. in​ connection with metaphysics, it​ sometimes means the effects, of​ which our past actions were the causes. But in​ Karma-Yoga we have simply to​ do with the word Karma as​ meaning work. The goal of​ mankind is​ knowledge. That is​ the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy.Pleasure is​ not the goal of​ man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to​ an​ end.It is​ a​ mistake to​ suppose that pleasure is​ the goal. The cause of​ all the miseries we have in​ the world is​ that men foolishly think pleasure to​ be the ideal to​ strive for. After a​ time man finds that it​ is​ not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is​ going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, and that he learns as​ much from evil as​ from good. as​ pleasure and pain pass before his soul they have upon it​ different pictures, and the result of​ these combined impressions is​ what is​ called man's "character".

If you take the character of​ any man, it​ really is​ but the aggregate of​ tendencies, the sum total of​ the bent of​ his mind; you will find that misery and happiness are equal factors in​ the formation of​ that character. Good and evil have an​ equal share in​ moulding character, and in​ some instances misery is​ a​ greater teacher than happiness. in​ studying the great characters the world has produced, I dare say, in​ the vast majority of​ cases, it​ would be found that it​ was misery that taught more than happiness, it​ was poverty that taught more than wealth, it​ was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise.

Now this knowledge, again, is​ inherent in​ man. No knowledge comes from outside; it​ is​ all inside. What we say a​ man "knows", should, in​ strict psychological language, be what he "discovers" or​ "unveils"; what a​ man "learns" is​ really what he "discovers", by taking the cover off his own soul, which is​ a​ mine of​ infinite knowledge.

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