Rebuttal to Humphreys' Karma, Dharma and BEing
by Dhrda - 4th November 2012
"If there is no guilt, there is no karma."
I have heard (having not had the privilege of meeting Dechan Jueren in person) that he said that a cause of SOME people suffering severe physical ailments in this lifetime, was that they killed others in past lives or were butchers.
None of the butchers or fish-mongers I've encountered were weeping salt-tears into their produce as they handed me wrapped parcels of bloody flesh in exchange for hard currency! The slaughter of innocent beings didn't separate them from a good night's sleep. I don't believe they were exonerated from the karmic process their actions set in motion due to absence of guilt.
If I drop a frozen turkey on my foot and break my big toe (friend's experience), is my Intent causing the Effect? My resentment over having to cook for an ungrateful family may be the culprit. Did I harm the (turkey) being in a past life or was it simply slippery plastic wrapping? The latter... I doubt.
If I do not observe the mountain shrouded in fog, does it's mass not exist? If I do not detect Dechan Jueren's energy during meditation practice, does it not exist? If I perceive that I am separate from him and from All, does that make it so. I think not.
Until I attain to a spiritual level where I can clearly identify cause and effect from the impact of my own previous lives on this one, the hypothesis that "If Karma is not observed, it does not exist" remains just that, an unproven hypothesis.
In Who Buried You in the Past Life, the murdered, naked women repaid the man who buried her by marrying him in a subsequent life. She was not, to my limited perception, acting from guilt but from gratitude and appreciation... and still the compass was set, the karma enacted. Guilt free but the law prevailed, Cause - decent burial, and Effect - marriage.
No Guilt, no Karma... I wish that was so.
Until my attainment... I simply won't know.