BUDDHISM- teaches us to take full responsibility for our actions

"Think not lightly of good, saying,"It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled.
Likewise, the wise man, gathering itlittle by little, fills himself with good.
~ Dhammapada 122"

"All living beings have karma as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is karma that differentiates beings into low and high states. ~ Culakarma vibhanga sutta



The Buddha tells us that much of what we experience today is the result of our own karma, or our owninherited past actions and our present deeds. We ourselves are responsible for our own deeds, happiness and misery. We build our own hells and we create our own heavens. We are the architects of our own fate. It is this doctrine of karma that explains the existence of suffering, the mystery of so-called fate or predestination of other religions, and above all the inequality of mankind.Karma means the actions we perform intentionally. Karma constitutes both good and evil. Good actions gets good. Evil receives evil. A popular saying goes “what goes around comes around”. A man will reap what he has sown. If one plants an apple seed, he will get a apple tree which in time will bear him apples. All the conditions present in his planting ofan apple seed simply flows along to its logical result. Thus, we are the result of what we were, and we will be the result of what we are. It is important to understand that as our present actions allows us to influence our future, karma is not fate. The Buddha pointed out that ifeverything is determined, then there would be no free will and no moral or spiritual life; we would merely be the slaves of our past.


 "If beings knew as I know the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their use without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. Even if it were their last and final bit of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it. ~ Itivuttaka 18"

Karma is only one of many orders that prevail in the universe. It is a law in itself operating naturally in the universe. One who understands the workings of karmais given consolation, hope, self reliance and moral courage. By understanding karma, we can use itto our tremendous advantage. It validates our effort, kindles our enthusiasm, makes us ever kind, tolerant and considerate. This understanding naturally prompts us to refrain from evil and to do good. In contrast to the times whenpeople believed in superstitious religions and subscribed to a morality because of a fear of punishment or promises of reward, those that understand karma develop a natural morality because of their understanding of the natural forces of nature .



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