I am a profound believer in doing good things for others to make their lives better. The act of charity and kindness has always been an integral part of how I live my life. I am not a saint or Mother Theresa by any means, but I am guided my an irrepressible urge to save the world and everyone in it. This might seem naive but I wholeheartedly believe that the more good we do for those around us, the more bless our lives will be. I consider the act of helping and giving to others out of the kindness of our heart as an act of charity. As a result of our unselfish action and thought, I deem that we will be repaid in kind. If our action is motivated purely by our need or our want to end the suffering of others, we will get some of that charity back ourselves when we need it the most. The events of this week is a confirmation of my belief in karma as explained by Lama Thubten Yeshe of The Bliss of Inner Fire “Karma is not something complicated or philosophical. Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth, and watching your mind.Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practice of karma.”
To me this means treating our body like a temple and not do anything bad that will desecrate it like drugs,alcohol or overindulgence. Sometimes we tend to forget to take care of our body because we think we can always stop those bad things anytime we want. For some of us we figure that out too late.
If we are all honest, it is very difficult to watch our mouths or at least what comes out of it especially when we are frustrated or when we dislike something or someone. Sometimes, I have to struggle to keep my mouth shut when I have a problem with someone or when I disagree with their words or actions. When I feel the urge to say negative things to others for whatever reason I mentally tell myself to just be silent and listen to what they have to say and hear them out. Sometimes I learn more from listening to others even if their opinions are disagreeable.
Buddha wisely advised, “Desire is the cause of man’s suffering”. Sometimes we let our desire for others or things control our thoughts so obsessively that we end up doing something we will regret later. It is incredible to think that our thoughts can have that much power over our actions, but sadly for some of us it is a harsh reality.
Lama Thubten Yeshe’s teaching about keeping our body, mouth, and mind pure is a good rule to live by as well as these wise words by an anonymous author:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.Do you belive in using karma as a guide to life? Do you believe that your good actions will be repaid or rewarded or come back to help you when you need it the most?