County Lines by Bob
Karma and reincarnation are part of the same thing.
Family. Friends. Coworkers. You've been with these people in some
capacity from lifetime to lifetime. The connection, however, to
those nearest us changes diametrically from one life to another.
A father becomes the son. A mother becomes the daughter. A son
becomes the father. A sister becomes the daughter. A daughter becomes
the mother. A grandchild becomes the grandparent. A grandparent
becomes the grandchild. A boss becomes the employee. An employee
becomes the boss. The list goes on and on.
According to the law of Karma, what goes around comes around. We
reap what we sow. What better way to make this law work than changing
places with one another.
A father who treats his daughter with love and kindness will become
a son who is treated with love and kindness by a mother who was
his daughter in a prior life.
Someone who treats others badly will be treated the same way the
next time around. I know what you're thinking: Won't those who treat
others badly be forever destined to be treated badly? Can't the
cycle be stopped?
Yes it can. That's the wonder of Karma. That's why freedom to change
is an intricate part of spiritual growth.
Life is a classroom. We begin in nursery school and continue from
lifetime to lifetime until we graduate.
Some stay in nursery school for many lives. Some proceed straight
ahead until they reach Nirvana after learning all they can in the
Some go forward then backward then forward. Some almost make it
to graduation, then begin a downhill slide. Some rest on their laurels
and remain at the same level for life after life until something,
usually a tragedy, awakens an awareness of the Great Reality within.
From the Upanishads to the New Testament, religious texts try to
describe this in-dwelling Power. This Force, however, is far greater
than humans, with our limited ability to think beyond what we are
told, can comprehend.
Trying to describe what created and guides this universe is like
trying to empty an ocean with an eyedropper.
The problem with religion is that many of its members get so hung
up on religious doctrine they forget spiritual intent. Religion
can be limiting. Instead of using it to open windows and fly free,
it's often used to block out the light.
When religion and culture mix, spirituality becomes secondary to
the customs of the society that embraces it.
Early Christianity and the Christianity of modern America aren't
the same. Jesus and his followers were proponents of peace.
When the Gulf War began, Billy Graham stood on the White House
steps with President Bush and led a public prayer.
Graham wasn't Bush's first choice for the symbolic event. The minister
of the church Bush attended refused to lead the prayer, saying Christ
preached love and forgiveness, not war.
A Christian minister saying no to the President of the United States.
A courageous act overlooked by the media and most of the press.
This acknowledgment of being accountable to a power greater than
any human power produced an abundant accumulation of beneficial
That doesn't mean some guy in the sky with a long white beard keeps
score of the good and the bad we do. The best way I can describe
Karma is by comparing it to vibrations.
Good Karma is like a perfectly played musical note that resonates
an eternal healing power that expands and benefits everything in
Bad Karma is like the sound of fingernails getting louder and louder
as they scrape across a chalkboard. PLEASE STOP! I PROMISE I'LL
NEVER DO IT AGAIN!
But yelling won't stop bad Karma. It will continue to spread, affecting
everything in its path.
What began in Israel 34 years ago is an example of what I mean.
Israeli forces invaded and seized the territories of Gaza and the
West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. The United Nations demanded
that the stolen territories be returned to the Palestinians.
When Israel refused, the United Nations, in a consensus including
the United States, voted to define Zionism as a religious hate movement.
David Ben-Gurion, a former Israeli political leader and Zionist,
came out of retirement to speak in favor of the United Nations.
“To get peace,” he said, “we must return to the pre-1967 borders.
Peace is more important than real estate. The occupied territories
should be given back quickly before resentments build.”
Ben-Gurion's advice was ignored and resentments did build. The
Karmic law of getting what is given expanded into the time bomb
that exists today.
The fighting continues and nothing is solved. Bad Karma has created
an accumulation of negative energy that continues to expand.
Can peace be negotiated in such a tense atmosphere? It would be
difficult but possible, if Jimmy Carter, one of the few public figures
I admire, was given free reign as a negotiator, which will never
Besides he's busy hammering in nails, sawing lumber, leveling concrete,
toting rolls of tar paper, putting on roofs. He's helping build
homes for those who can't afford to buy their own.
He's putting his religious beliefs into spiritual action. He's
busy creating the type of Karma needed to make this world a better
place. He's approaching Nirvana.
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