our prarabdha, or karma which we must resolve in this incarnation, is what concerns me the most- I don’t want to leave this body with any unresolved karmic debt. Like Buddha, I wish to stop this re-incarnation cycle and be one with the causal Being. I’d like to try that out for a few eons then maybe decide to come back and assist those who still haven’t awakened. lol
Working out our karmic debt from previous lifetimes is just about coming to realize that every action has a reaction and that our past deeds which have had negative consequences towards others and ourselves must be redressed with forgiveness, amends, and service or acts of goodwill or generosity. This is what we mean when we say : resolving past life karmic debt.
The actions of goodwill which we perform accumulate karmic credits. Eventually we will have enough surplus that we can achieve a realization that we are incapable of performing negative destructive hurtful actions towards ourselves and others and thus achieve a liberation from karma, this is called in Sanskrit nirbikhalpa, or nirvana, eternal bliss in earthly body. Swamis and sages who have achieved this state of being don’t go around announcing it and therefore go around pretty well ignored and unnoticed save for a few who can detect these saints among us. They are the humble, self-effacing, generous, smiley, peaceful humans who are incapable of inflicting pain or suffering on any being.
This is who we want to become, to be awake and aware that every living being deserves our respect and love. It becomes impossible to justify killing other living beings when we pursue this lifestyle. We then need to reflect on the necessity of being vegetarian and not eating flesh from living beings. To survive in a healthy way we don’t have to eat animals or as some would say beings which have ‘faces’.
Just try to imagine how the planet would have evolved differently had we not fished the oceans: whales, dolphins, sharks etc., killed the buffalo, caribou, elk, deer and moose, wild boar, elephants, rhinos, antelopes, gazelles, zebras; quails, pheasants, geese, ducks, and partridges. The planet would not have seen this industrialized production of domesticated animals like beef, pigs, and chickens. These three species now represent 95% or four-legged beings on the planet and they require massive resources to produce them: water, cereal feed, pesticides and fertilizers.
The goal is to thrive from eating fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, sprouts, dairy, and cereals without eating meat. This is the ideal for spiritual living which respects all living beings with faces. lol