Dharma and karma

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One question that arises from the previous statement is how can we reach these high quality spiritual realms ? One of the traditional answer to this question given by Hinduism and Buddhism is the following : the quality of the experience happening in the after life (and in the physical life also) depends on the moral actions that we perform (karma = action; Dharma = universal moral law).

Dharma, in my opinion, must be understood as a very high moral ideal that could be best represented by the spiritual beings that most NDexperiencers encounter : compassion, universal love, unimaginable happiness and clarity of mind, total knowledge, illumination, equanimity, absence of suffering or dissatisfaction… Socially the real application of Dharma would look like Paradise or Pure Lands as described in some buddhist scriptures.

So rather than the sometimes heavy or uneasy distinction between good or bad, right or wrong, we have to focus on this distant goal : Dharma. Dharma is at the same time the distant highest ideal and the means to achieve this goal. Good karma (good actions) leads us toward Dharma and bad karma leads us towards adharma (suffering, ignorance, pain, despair, anger, useless lust, fear, unsatisfied desires, violence…). Unpleasant experiences in after-life can happen if the individual do consciously and voluntarily a lot of negative, destructive actions (see some NDE reports and the Tibetan book of the dead).


About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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