UK Elections: Go on, vote!

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Nicola Sturgeon

No, really.
☐ Or if you really want to make a stand against the pointlessness of it all,
☐ at least go to a polling booth and hand in a blank card.
☐ Then a no-vote will be recorded.
☒ Or vote for someone you’d like to win, but probably won’t.

English voters could even draw an extra box on the voting card for the SNP party and put a cross in that.

* Since I can’t vote for the refreshingly straightforward SNP
I’m voting Green; the party that believes ‘in the common good‘.

I thought that would be less disappointing than when the winning party broke its pre-election promises.

election-cameron

Yes this is how I feel about Cameron too 😥

OK, that does sound a tad cynical, but who can blame me?!
No good just giving up and staying at home.
That makes for a politically apathetic electorate, and lets the bad guys stay in power.
Sorry, but it does.

Even if you think you’re making a stand by not getting up from where you’re sitting;
really all you’re doing is maintaining the status quo.

☐☒☐

Russel Brand eloquently and vigorously espouses idealistic and worthwhile paradigms; but his assumptions this time are none-the-less incorrect and unprofitable.

Not voting against humanoid Cameron for example,
is allowing him to stay incumbent.

 

Your vote does count,
and karmically, if you don’t use it, you’re likely to lose it….

 Polls 2015

See?
The difference it could make…

~ And It’s
Ed the Puppy Caught in a Cat Flap
V.
Baby Eater David

 

 

 

nb. ** This is one of those office /Chaplaincy dept. conversations that really needed to be shared.
Thanks guys, you’re brilliant!

See also :
Don’t trust the Doomsters, David Mitchell , the Guardian

Ed Milliband

Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
(On for the next week,
if you can get BBC1 iPlayer)

Upper Picture Credits:
The Telegraph
<- Ed via #Milifandom from Have I got a bit more News for You

 

UK Elections: Postscript 😦

Phishing / Fishing Karma

It was only writing the first article, ‘e-mail phishing alert!‘, that I made the connection between ‘phishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s property by electronic means; and ‘fishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s body for food or sport (both pronounced ‘fishing‘).
Yeah OK, I am a bit slow. I just hadn’t thought of it before.

It’s all a bit sneaky really, Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait. But the principle’s the same.

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Phishers and Fishermen

So the similarities between phishers and fishermen?
Some ideas I had ~

  both lack compassion for their prey, not caring the emotional, mental or physical pain their victim suffers.

  both throw out sharp little hooks to catch their prey on. This is disguised as bait to catch their victims. Fish get caught on the hook hidden by a tasty snack; and people get duped by an electronic hoax.

  their victims are random ~ whoever was unlucky enough to be caught at the time.

 it takes time and patience to catch random victims. That’s a lot of time and concentrated effort to put into ruining someone’s day, or ending their life; this makes for abysmal karma.

  …which is how we can develop compassion for phishers and fishermen.

Developing Compassion for Phishers and Fishermen considering their Karma

These people don’t have much idea of the misery they’re causing themselves in the future. (It’s nothing compared to the present suffering they’re causing.)
It’s definite that the negative karma reaped will be similar in nature, but worse in effect than it’s cause, due to how karma works. These unpleasant experiences can appear later in the perpetrator’s life, but will most likely be in future lives.*
What a terrible curse to hand down to their future selves 😦

Considering this makes it easier to feel compassion for fishermen, especially those for who whom it’s their livelihood. They’re also very good reasons never to fish; or to cut down, with the intention of giving up if you do. The section on  ‘Karma’ in Joyful Path* gives some wise advice on this BTW.

It just made me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.

nb.
* from ‘Karma’,  Joyful Path of Good Fortune p248 my book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
o the Urban Dictionary definition of phishing includes the ‘collecting logos and graphics from a genuine source (e.g. Citibank) and making fraudulent e-mails out of them, to obtain data about a person/s
o fish image by Jas (in ‘Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?’ which begins these ideas here.)
0 Phishing Alert! Where it all started.

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Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?

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It’s all a bit sneaky really

Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that the sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait.

But the principle’s the same.

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It makes me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.
… Just an idea.

o continued from ‘e-mail phishing alert!
o These ideas expanded in ‘Phishing Karma
o image by Jas

so is that a feasible idea? Or have I taken the analogy too far. You be the judge, let us know below  


 

Winds of Karma

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“When the winds of karma blow… we have no freedom to remain, and no choice about where to go.”

Geshe Kelsang
good

or

bad

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The winds of karma never stop blowing.
Thing is, do we react from a place of rejection; feeling anxious or angry, and battered by the wind; trying to build up walls to stop the changes taking place.
Or are we able to accept with a positive mind, building windmills and flying kites?


“No matter how windy, the reed can survive well as it’ll bend by following the direction of wind.” Reeds by lijiun


Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook 
Flying Kite by 
Peter Griffin
Tumlr images via babydoll1976
(Click on pictures to make big)


Karmic Prelude

This is a commonly held belief. 
But is it true? 

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Karma – the Cosmic Boomerang

It’s easy to define karma

Through the force of intention, we say, do and think things. All these actions produce effects. There are many shades, but basically, good actions lead to good results of a similar nature for us; and bad actions cause us to experience bad things in a similar way. Neutral actions have fairly mediocre effects. As Bob Marley said “what goes around comes around”.

Actually understanding the intricacies of which cause led to what effect is beyond ordinary understanding.
But details are unimportant.

What matters is the now

Because what’s happening for us now is an indication of the karma that we created in the past; and what we’re doing now is creating our experiences in the future.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Most people, whether they or not they are religious, believe that we should engage in virtuous actions, and avoid actions which are harmful” (GKG JP)
It just seems like common sense that what goes round comes round. (Not that common sense always is)

Geshe la tells us “we always have choice“. It’s helpful to know what karma is, and how it works; because now is really the only time that really exists for us. In relation to karma, that means every moment is another chance to turn it all around. That’s why knowing about the law of karma in relation to our lives can be so empowering.

It’s not about punishment or reward, there’s no Karma Police or Judge Dredd out there. Karma’s just “a special instance of cause and effect” ((GKG JP); one that works through our mind stream.
Just about everything is an example of cause and effect, from gravity to grass.

On one level We all know about this ~ drop a glass and it’ll most likely break. Breaking the law will probably lead to some kind of punishment. Being happy for others’ happiness brings us joy as well.

Atisha on the front cover of Joyful Path

But on a deeper level some faith, or at least an open mind is required.
Misbehaving when we’re kids can result in having disruptive children of our own. Giving when we’re younger can lead to living comfortably enough in our old age. Giving now will lead to abundance in later lives. (Just as stealing will result in us not having enough of what we want).

What has been your experience? Does whatever awareness we have of this change the way we do or think about things? Do we think it should?

It’s worth contemplating karma

Even on a mundane level, you can see the law of cause and effect in action; but are you able to see karma in action? Consider this life ~ by connecting things you did previously to experiences you’ve had later in life, a pattern can be formed. I know other Buddhists and myself can trace effects back to their causes. Keeping an open mind to it, or wishing to increase our faith – it’s an interesting thing to do (and can be very powerful).

Vide Kadampa gives some brilliant meditations on karma in his blog*

of interest:
GKG JP – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Joyful Path of Good Fortune
(p227 & p569 in my book)
* Buddhist meditations on karma from Daily Lamrim
* Article from Luna Kadampa asking What’s karma got to do with it?
A bit more here on the karmic effects of giving in an economic crisis ~ What Would Buddha Do? 

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Karma teaser (JP Revision Notes)

   Post on Karma coming soon.

    ~ if we all share the karma to experience it of course.

                                                                                                         😉

   Coz the world we live in and our shared perception of it, is totally the result of our collective karma.

 

photo by Jas



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