2-21-93 KARMA 3: INTRODUCTION Karma is often spoken of as a rope, a rope of many strands.

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2-21-93 KARMA 3: INTRODUCTION Karma is often spoken of as a rope, a rope of many strands. These strands are woven so tightly together that at times it is difficult to separate them. They are composed of our thoughts, desires, actions and latent tendencies of our personality, some of which are left over from past incarnations. In classic Hindu teaching these left over tendencies are SAMSKARA and are said to be deposited in our subconscious mind. It is taught that there are there are three kinds of karma: 1. Samchita Karma, the whole bunch that we have not yet worked out, the entire unpaid balance of our credit and debit account. 2. Prarabdha, or beginning karma, the amount proportioned to us at the beginning of each life. 3. Kriomana Karma, that which we are now generating for the future by our actions in this present life. It is also suggested that the second type, the Prarabdha Karma is the only one that an astrologer might foretell. To escape from the rope of karma we must gain knowledge, knowledge of the world, our self (with small "s") and our Self (with capital "S"), our God Self, the Spirit of Truth within. In Sanscrit, knowledge is "vidya." "Para" is beyond, thus pare-vidya is knowledge from beyond our ordinary world and our ordinary self. Aparara-vidya is knowledge that is not from beyond. Most of our knowledge is apare-vidya, obtained from the external. Only para-vidya, knowledge from beyond will lead to enlightenment and liberation. Much of what we have learned from the external world has a disturbing effect on our mind, not all, but quite a bit. In yoga tradition the mind is thought of as a pond or a lake and disturbing thoughts as pebbles dropped into this pond. The first thing a yoga must learn is to still the mind. When this has been accomplished, one is then able to seriously begin to eliminate the imperfections and travel the path to perfection... "Be ye therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. In Revelations it is the lamb that opens the seven seals. The lamb is symbolic of the perfection of humility, not pride of perfection. The wolf symbolizes pride. Isaiah 11:6 says: "The wolf and the Lamb will lie down together." What a beautiful allegory. The perfection of humility and the perfection of pridefulness joined together.

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