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Rebirth - A Karmic Cycle

Karmic Cycle - Collect and read patterns of lifestyles (good/bad) and remember the dead.

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My idea is remember people for their good and bad karma and incorporate the lifestyles reading from their patterns of outcomes.
We remember people for their deeds and we constantly recall them for their actions both good and bad. Some of us leave this world with a disease,some undergo emotional pain and die and some in sudden deaths like accidents etc. The Hindu theology believes in Karmic cycle and the rebirth of the karma. As karma attacks a person, lets see what happens?

Having a controlled mind will help build best practices in day today life. Controlled mind means controlled body. Some of the involuntary functions are not a part of our controlling mechanism. 

Remembering the person who is dead.. we only think about their actions and their deeds while they were living on earth. Emotions, health, dependency, thinking, relationships, finance, love, attachment are all a part and parcel the karmic cycle and life. Having a control over various ingredients of karma will help us : 

  1. kama — lust
  2. krodha — anger
  3. lobh — greed
  4. moha — delusory emotional attachment or temptation
  5. mada or ahankara — pride, hubris
  6. matsarya — envy, jealousy

The above gives a complete understanding of the Arishadvagas that are pre defined in the Hindu theology. 

When we die, what happens? No one knows. What we know is that we did something good and something wrong if we have the ability to think during our death. 

By reading the patterns of lifestyles and actions from the dead, evaluating their outcomes and remembering them for what happened with them helps us lead a life based on past history (along with technological advancements and other factors) and incorporate our lives with a sense of understanding that this life has a meaning and the purpose has to be explored.... What is wrong in one's eyes is right in other's !

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Meditation practice to run lifestyle analysis of the person to collect patterns of data points and self-control while performing this.
Convert the experience into group learning as a family and community

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Respect for performance

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Maybe I'm missing something but I feel as if compassion is missing with this layout. I think it's more about the heart than the mind when expressing or receiving love, comfort and blessings. I think it's good to take all these things into account. Also keep in mind the various ideas of God, Religion and personal beliefs as well as the culture and time frame people were raised in. Also I think it's best not to push one's beliefs onto someone else. 

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True.. It is the heart and not the mind. Let's flip this one and speak about those who caused distress for others, constantly. The best example I can think of is Valmiki who composed Ramayan - an epic. Valmiki was a thief/killer and he turned into a sage when someone (Lord Rama) good educated him about the wrong deeds. Would you consider that he died a peaceful death? No one knows. A person who did a bad deed and later realizes his mistakes and corrects them and does good - This transition is hard as he/ she has to undergo the emotional pain, mind pain, societal pain to change. Love, comfort and blessings are all interesting words to nurture the mind again. When you love someone so much and that person dies - You only will cherish the good moment with him/her. If the same person did wrong things (socially defined and you as a human can no way judge) the karma gives the pain is my case here.

Dharma is a duty and Karma is a deed. Not to be confused. Karma is " Reap what you sow" and Dharma is " You have to sow". If an innocent child dies within a day after its birth do you think the Karma would have done that? We as humans and social animals do karma everyday. We are a store house of billions of living organisms and we kill them in some form or the other. Think again.... Love, compassion, tolerance, forbearance, blessings is all there when you have a RELATION (any). Would we feel the same when there is a death in the other part of the planet whom we don't know at all as much as for our near ones? Why is that when we are coming from the same path, made up of living organisms, share the same air, land etc... why don't we really feel for others whom we don't know? The answer is RELATIONSHIPS. But Karma does not connect. It attacks and gives what everyone deserves. Having this in mind helps in this 21st century where our emotional intelligence is very high. No one knows what Karma is and there is not tangible visibility but there is a feeling for oneself and there is an impression from others. This impression could be wrong/right. So I say the Karma will decide. 

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While these concerns and ideas have their place, a lot of people may feel guilty and or judged and I think one should tread carefully with this concept. I personally believe that it's more about dharma than karma. Even the Buddha and the Christ suffered as have many holy beings. 

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This is really interesting!! I'm curious--do you see this taking a digital platform, or is this a spiritual journey that would be laid out for friends and family members of the deceased individual?

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Thanks Vibhu!
Digital platform may have on boarding issues. This can be like a meditation practice or a mental connection with the spiritual being. Staying attached with the dead is to remember the karma that he or she did (good + and bad -). I am thinking one a solid example - Mother and Son relationship can be very attached and when the mother leaves the Son cries and is very emotional but there are other people to fill his life to balance emotions. When we have a meditation practice and have a analysis of the good/bad karma thinking about what the mother did could help balance the feelings. Secondly, this can be a solid way to incorporate the virtues. 

Another instance is when a celebrity figure dies - people usually remember the person or his deeds both good and bad. They start evaluating and they start questioning. Why did the celebrity die so soon? Was he depressed? Was something wrong? He was a good man but why did he die early ? These are some trigger questions and some people pray for the peace and entertainment that this celebrity created. 

Some even say POWER and MONEY are the ruling entities in today's world. This becomes the bottom line many a times. I am curious to know how can we develop a questionnaire may be