(Prologue: I’ve got first-hand experience that a real understanding of the laws of karma can substantially change our lives for the better. I created this weblog to share information and personal experience with others. May it be of benefit!)
The web is filled with opinions and judgements about the mother and her (d)Octo(r).
I’m not wise enough to know what karma of hers contributed to her present situation. But we all have our own karma. Out of that we create our own lives. We are responsible for what we create.
When I became pregnant as a single woman, people may have thought that I had brought this situation upon myself. Quite right! Fortunately, however, people stepped outside themselves to help me. Their compassion was inspiring.
I’d like to offer a quote that presents another view than the predominant one in the media.
As our technology becomes more sophisticated, we perhaps think that our emotional responses need to be more sophisticated as well. But what seems best is simple, direct feeling that is not padded with logic or twisted concepts, such as, “Maybe they deserved it,” or, “I’m glad it’s not me,” or, “They should have known better,” or even, “That’s their karma.” These contorted responses reflect poorly on our own state of mind. If compassion feels unnatural, it’s probably because we’re still thinking of ourselves. We want the suffering to go away because it scares us or it causes us personal pain. (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)
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