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by Ashok Rajguru, Muscat.
The word Karma often evokes strong, even rabid reactions. Glenn Hoddle, a former football star and the manager of England’s team in 1999 lost his job for invoking Karma to explain the suffering of people with disabilities. Quoted out of context, his remarks understandably hurt the sentiments of a large number of people while his detractors used this opportunity to sack him.
Too many people Karma is an archaic religious concept that has no place in a secular and scientific world. This view is prevalent because Karma is the central motif in the cosmology and cosmogony espoused by Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh religion. However, an understanding of Karmic principles has important applications in patient care and healing.
What is Karma (and what it isn’t)?
Karma is often explained as a universal law of causation. After all, there is a cause for every action, event or manifestation of matter in any form, and Karma is perhaps just another label for causation. While this comes fairly close, the concept of Karma goes one step further. The consequences of action will affect the doer (for better or worse) if the doer has acted with a motive. Often the consequences are suffering and one is inclined to equate Karma with retribution.
Karma is not the Law of Retribution. In the broadest sense, Karma is action and the fruit of action taken together. Ideally, those who intuitively understand the workings of Karma do not attribute any deed as good or bad. A good outcome is good only so long as it lasts, and alas, nothing lasts forever. The subjectivity of good or bad is the concept of a mind conditioned by the pain and pleasure principle, which in most cases is the sole motivating factor for all human action.
Karma is not judgment – it is natural consequence. A coconut falling off from the coconut tree and cracking a passerby’s skull is a consequence of mass and gravitation – not a judgment of the coconut’s ability to hold on to the branch. Assuming the tree (a living entity) had no intent or motive to hurt the passerby, it may not suffer any Karma consequences. After the pain has subsided and the wound has healed, the injured person can either choose to suffer in misery or move on dispassionately and may be discovering the Law of Gravity.
Karma is not a belief system; it is the sequence of events one watches from the present position. And when we say “watch”, what is implied is observation bereft of associative thinking that leads to blame, guilt, shame etc. You don’t have to be a Buddhist, Jain or Hindu, only an unprejudiced observer.
Karma can also be understood as a descriptor of an experiential reality. One can describe the polarization of light in a solution of sugar with a theoretical construct; the property of sweetness is an experiential reality. Thus, rather than finding a “meaning” for Karma, one must get the experiential feel.
How does one get to understand Karma?
A Karmic understanding of the world and its happenings are best learnt experientially. Meditation is one such tool that trains the mind to view all phenomena with an unprejudiced eye. We perceive the world with our senses. The moment we register an impulse on any of these senses, the thinking mind give it a meaning by comparing, categorizing, and quantifying it with an experience we have had before. Our experiences are really a repository of our impressions based on our associations with pain and pleasure. Meditation allows the person to experience the sensations for a few brief moments bereft of meaning. Becoming an equanimous observer is the aim of meditation. Equanimity is the key to understanding the working of Karma. It must be pointed out though – meditation like any other learned skill demands patience, practice, guidance and gumption.
Karma in the context of healing
An understanding of Karma is quite important in the context of healing and patient care. If Karma forms the core concept of a person’s worldview, it is bound to affect his/her attitude towards life, health, sickness and death. Can an understanding of Karma help the patient and his family in medically futile situations?
Medical futility is a term used to describe the condition of a patient where any further medical action will not help recovery. It is not about hopelessness, which is a subjective feeling; it is more about a scientifically considered prognosis based on current medical knowledge. Most debates on medical futility have centered on the attending physician’s ethics and powers to pronounce judgment. However, the fact that a patient who understands of the workings of Karma can greatly influence his mental state and outcome is often overlooked.
A medical practitioner who is primarily concerned only with “scientific” data misses out on the underlying metaphor being expressed by the manifesting disease. If only the professional could reconnect with the pains, fears and emotions of patients, he would strengthen the patient to overcome Karma and heal – even though the patient is partially damaged on the physical plane. A healthcare professional who understands the workings of Karma appreciates that disease and suffering are moments of renewal for the patient. Lacking this understanding the caregiver can only provide pain relief and not pastoral care in the form of listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending – stuff that cannot be measured in terms of scientific parameters like pressure, temperature, or voltage, but matters most for recovery and well being.
Understanding Karma helps the patient
An understanding of Karma at the deepest level often helps patients get healthier despite debilitating diseases. It is well known that former alcoholics help addicts in rehabilitation, and diabetics help fellow diabetics manage their illness. Such people who have accepted their situation (Karmic fruit) are in a better state despite their disease than they were in their prime when they were termed healthier. The apparent clinical disability has in fact become a moral, social and spiritual strength.
Regarding clinical outcomes, when dealing with people having “faith” in Karma, we must understand that results will largely depend upon how far the individual has progressed in the practice and his/her experiential understanding of Karma. A terminally ill patient is indeed struggling with pain, but what the caregivers often miss is that the patient is also struggling with some other fundamental issues. Typically these issues are of acceptance – accepting one’s past without bitterness, accepting one’s own death and accepting that the world will go on without them. Unfortunately, neither healthcare professionals nor religious ministers are fully capable of helping. That is why one must prepare for death earlier on, when the person is in a healthier state of mind and body. Understanding the workings of Karma is one such step. The window of opportunity ideally arises once the patient has overcome the stage of Why me, Why now?
Is Karma compatible with science?
If evolution, phenotype, genotype, morphogenetic fields, hypnosis, and meditation are part of modern science, then Karma belongs to that exalted community too. Science accepts any concept that helps us understand Nature – light was thought to be made up of particles during Newton’s time and then Huygens called it a wave and now we accept it as both – depending on our position of observation and perception. A healer accepts everything that helps the patient and must admit the limitations of that system when it comes to the welfare of a patient. The wisdom lies in choosing the correct methodology. One must know when to get off the high horse and walk. Thanks to Dr. Herbert Benson and others of Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, meditation and other mind-body-spirit techniques, have found a permanent place in modern medicine.
The way ahead
People like biologist Rupert Sheldrake and medical researcher Bruce Lipton have been appealing for a new outlook. Clinicians like Murray Longmore and Ian Wilkinson have been exhorting that we must move beyond the mechanistic bio-psycho-social model of understanding the human being, the human condition and human suffering. This model must integrate a moral-symbolic-existential model for diagnosis and a spiritual-cultural-ritualistic model for care with the bio-psycho-social model. We must take medicine back to a humanistic plane and practice it as an artist and not like an artisan fixing and mending bodies.
Let us accept that the practice of Medicine is an Art, and all art is based on science. A dictionary cannot reveal the beauty of poetry, it can only explain word meaning. Healing is Medicine, Art and Humanities all rolled into one. If the patient is the central theme, there are no opposing dialectics.
Medical curriculum must introduce death as a point where Nature finds it is better to start from the scratch than to carry on with the muddle of action and suffering (Karma). Death is a moment of reincarnation because it allows the genotypes to re-organize and try on new phenotypes. The body and mind is only the outer garment (phenotype) of the genotype. Our genes are clothed by our identity in this lifetime to try on better patterns in order to evolve. Thus we do not “own” our genes, rather we “belong” to them. A person’s genetic pool is a resonant pattern (like a charged particle) that affects and is affected by the morphogenetic field which moulds his/her material form in the next incarnation. Each new form of life is affected by the morphogenetic field as well as its own unique Karmic charge. We are just another link in the chain of evolution – a sequence of forms striving towards perfection.
*Ashok Rajguru: Senior Fixed Wing Avionics Engineer and Instructor at Royal Flight Oman. Tutor at British Institute of Homeopathy International (USA).Registered Homeopath at Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (UK).Yoga Teacher in the lineage of Swami Sivananda.
I can tell you that in my years as an alternative healthcare practitioner, that I found this article to be completely true. I remember this one family that I worked with. They were very careful about their health, very knowledgeable about health (the husband could have been a doctor), and particularly cautious about their beautiful young son. They ate an almost entirely natural diet and lived almost entirely off the grid. Then one day their son, who was 7 or 8 at the time announced that he really wanted to go to school. And because he had almost no social interaction besides them, they decided that it was a good idea. So after much discussion and much preparation, they set off to see an allopathic doctor to begin the mandated series of vaccines that they never would have given otherwise.
They were very cautious about how they approached it. They made sure he was well-fed and they gave him an aspirin before he series of shots to keep the body from spiking a very high fever. They even muscle tested before he shot to make sure he could handle it.
But then time came for the very last shot and the young guy had a cold. So mom sent him off with dad to the doctor, confident that the doctor certainly wouldn’t give the shots while he had a cold. Well, she was wrong. The doctor did indeed give him the shots that day even as the father was protesting and the child was crying.
That night the cold worsened and within 3 days he was experiencing symptoms of asthma, which never went away. The child was clearly vaccine injured. And the thing that is so crazy-making about this is:
1) Its MANDATED. The government and their cohorts in the pharmaceutical companies have created a fool-proof system to make sure that virtually every child in this county is pumped full of dozens and dozens of vaccines. If you want to send your children to school, you have to subject them to it.
2) No Recourse. So even when your child is obviously injured, as I have seen dozens of times and have absolutely no question as to the direct relationship between vaccines and autism and spectrum disorders, you can’t do anything about it. They have shielded the pharmaceutical companies from any responsibility.
3) We are losing a whole generation of kids. Some research shows that as many as 1 in 29 children is now on the Autism Spectrum. And that number is only likely to get worse as more and more vaccines are required (here comes Guardasil…how many kids they can kill with that one) and the Mainstream Media continues to paint the tale of how “there’s no evidence” to support that these vaccines are hurting people. Well, if you ever had one mom show up at your door with the story of how her child was perfectly healthy one day and 3 days later had lost all speech and was beating his head against the wall, you’d have all the proof you’d need. This doesn’t even consider what they did to the kids in Eastern Europe.
4) No one seems to be able to do anything about it. There’s so much money and so much corruption in this industry that it really seems like no one can do anything about it. The parents who have these children are so strapped for resources that they just don’t have time to to fight the good fight. The Jenny McCarthy’s of the world are few and far between. I wonder what it will take to elicit change. Unfortunately, we are losing an entire generation of kids in the meantime and few things make me more sad than that.
Vaccinated children have up to 500% more disease than unvaccinated children
Suspicions have been confirmed for those wary of vaccinating their children. A recent large study corroborates other independent study surveys comparing unvaccinated children to vaccinated children.
They all show that vaccinated children have two to five times more childhood diseases, illnesses, and allergies than unvaccinated children.
Originally, the recent still ongoing study compared unvaccinated children against a German national health survey conducted by KiGGS involving over 17,000 children up to age 19. This currently ongoing survey study was initiated by classical homoeopathist Andreas Bachmair.
However, the American connection for Bachmair’s study can be found at VaccineInjury.info website that has added a link for parents of vaccinated children to participate in the study. So far this ongoing survey has well over 11,000 respondents, mostly from the U.S.A. Other studies have surveyed smaller groups of families.
Nevertheless, the results were similar. Of course, none of these studies were picked up by the MSM (mainstream media). None were funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) or any national or international health agency or medical profession group (http://healthimpactnews.com).
They don’t dare compare the health of unvaccinated children to vaccinated children objectively and risk disrupting their vaxmania (vaccination mania). The focus for all the studies was mostly on childhood illnesses occurring as the children matured.
Dramatic, debilitating, or lethal vaccine injuries were not the focus since so few, five percent or less, actually get reported to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Injury Reporting System) in the U.S.A. for various reasons including:
- It’s a complicated system that takes time from a doctor’s practice.
- Most parents don’t know about it.
- Only adverse reactions that occur immediately after vaccinations are considered.
- Since VAERS is voluntary, most doctors don’t want to incriminate themselves with vaccination injuries and maintain their denial of vaccine dangers.
Consequently, even the most terrible adverse reactions are minimally acknowledged, while long term negative health issues resulting from vaccines are not even considered relevant.
Different surveys summarized
The childhood diseases usually posed to respondents by the independent surveys involved asthma, reoccurring tonsillitis, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, allergies, eczema, ear infections, diabetes, sleep disorders, bedwetting, dyslexia, migraines, hyperactivity, ADD, epilepsy, depression, and slower development of speech or motor skills.
In 1992, a New Zealand group called the Immunization Awareness Society (IAS) surveyed 245 families with a total of 495 children. The children were divided with 226 vaccinated and 269 unvaccinated. Eighty-one families had both vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
The differences were dramatic, with unvaccinated children showing far less incidence of common childhood ailments than vaccinated children (http://www.vaccineinjury.info/images/stories/ias1992study.pdf).
From a different survey in the South Island New Zealand city of Christchurch, among children born during or after 1977, none of the unvaccinated children had asthma events where nearly 25% of the vaccinated children were treated for asthma by age 10 (http://www.vaccineinjury.info/images/stories/ias1992study.pdf).
Many of the comments from non-vaccinating parents to VaccineInjury.info for the ongoing Bachmair survey mentioned vaccination danger and developing true immunity naturally were concerns (http://www.vaccineinjury.info).
A PhD immunologist who wrote the book Vaccine Illusion, Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, has gone against the dogma of her medical training and background. She asserts that true immunity to any disease is not conferred by vaccines. Exposure to the disease, whether contracted or not, does (http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org).
Perhaps the most informal grass-roots survey going on now is by Tim O’Shea, DC, author of Vaccination is Not Immunization. He simply has non-vaccinating parents email him with comparisons of their children’s health to friends and families they know with vaccinated children. That and more is available on his site (http://www.thedoctorwithin.com).
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Link to participate in Bachmair survey here: http://www.vaccineinjury.info
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036220_vaccinated_children_disease_allergies.html#ixzz1yFgPQlHY
Germ theory delusions collapse as new science reveals healthy people carry 10,000 different germ strains at all times
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The human body is essentially a “germ” factory, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. A new study published as a series of reports in the journals Nature and Public Library of Science (PLoS) debunks the widely believed germ theory, or the belief that all germs are “bad,” by showing that the average, healthy human body harbors more than 10,000 species of microbes that together maintain microbial balance and promote vibrant health.
Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the study included a collaboration of 200 scientists from 80 different research institutions, all of whom worked together for five years to gain a better understanding of how microbes affect the human body. And what they discovered is not only fascinating but also revolutionary, at least as far as mainstream medicine is concerned.
In essence, this cohort of field experts uncovered something that many of them had never before considered, mainly that not all bacteria is detrimental. Many types of bacteria are absolutely necessary for the body to thwart inflammation and other disease causing factors, for instance, without which there would be no natural defense against harmful bacteria.
To come to this conclusion, the team first collected tissue samples from 242 healthy adults in the U.S., including from their mouths, noses, and different areas of their skin. They then separated the bacterial DNA from the human DNA in each of the samples in order to analyze the various types of living organisms that were present.
The researchers learned that as much as three percent of a person’s total body mass is composed of various microbes, which for the average adult translates into several pounds of microbiome, the name given to the “trillions of individual germs” that live within the body. And this collective microbiome basically ups the total number of human genes from about 22,000 to roughly eight million.
What this means is that the entire human genome depends on this plethora of unique microbes in order to perform vital bodily functions such as digesting food and processing nutrients; resisting disease and building immunity; and maintaining a healthy flora balance in the intestinal system. Without this bacteria, in other words, the human body would not be able to function properly or maintain any semblance of proper immunity.
“This is a whole new way of looking at human biology and human disease, and it’s awe-inspiring,” said Dr. Phillip Tarr of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., one of the lead researchers for the study. “These bacteria are not passengers. They are metabolically active. As a community, we now have to reckon with them like we have to reckon with the ecosystem in a forest or a body of water.”
Antibiotic drugs, chemicals, vaccines, and other modern interventions destroy human microbiome
Unfortunately, many in modern society still cling to the antiquated and disproven notion that disease is primarily caused by germs. Also known as germ theory, this belief assumes that practically all bacteria are harmful, and that if a sanitary, bacteria-free environment can be maintained, humans will not “contract” illness.
It is this flawed germ theory that is responsible for the creation of modern interventions such as antibiotic drugs, chemical pesticides and herbicides, vaccines, and antibacterial soaps, all of which obstruct the human body’s natural microbiome in various ways. Hand sanitizing gels and wipes are another byproduct of germ theory, which kill the bacteria that naturally lives on human skin and protect it against disease by maintaining a proper acidic pH.
Germ theory delusions collapse as new science reveals healthy people carry 10,000 different germ strains at all times
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036219_germ_theory_human_body_bacteria.html#ixzz1yFmI5Rgr
As we have been saying here at NaturalNews for years now, all germs are not evil, and the human body is not a sterile environment that develops disease because it becomes contaminated with germs. And this new study simply proves this point by demonstrating that germs play a vital role in preventing disease.
Think of it as a war between two countries — the human body’s microbiome against pathogenic invaders. Without a robust microbiome that is rich in beneficial bacteria, the human body is unable to resist the continual onslaught of harmful pathogens that fight against it from both inside and outside the body. And the key to winning the war is to maintain a proper microbial balance, which includes eating plenty of probiotic foods; avoiding antibiotic drugs and toxic chemicals; and getting plenty of rest, clean water, and natural sunlight.
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Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036219_germ_theory_human_body_bacteria.html#ixzz1yFm5trhJ