flowerbudh wrote:Interesting! I guess debt is the wrong word to use then, as I don't see my CP as a negative thing-- in fact it has been very beneficial for me in terms of cultivating compassion and perseverance. I feel everything that we inherit karmically is meant in some way to bring us closer to enlightenment, even if it is "bad". What about you guys?
A lot of people have a misunderstanding about karma. it has nothing, or very little with apparent conditions.
Actually, your attitude says a lot more about the result of karma than the CP itself.
A person may have perfect eyesight,
but they only see the ugliness of things.
A person may be wealthy
but always feel they do not have enough.
On the other hand,
think of all the very famous and successful people in this world who were born in poverty
or are disabled, or grew up under circumstances that one might call "unfortunate"
but they did not let these things get in their way.
they did not see themselves as unable to do the things they accomplished.
Consider all the people who do not have any kind of disability or illness,
who are beautiful but who see themselves as ugly,
who have everything they need, yet
who are terribly miserable, or are killing other people, or doing all types of awful things
thinking that those things will bring them happiness and peace of mind.
This has a lot more to do with karma than the conditions of the physical body
because the seeds of karma are planted in the mind, and that is where they ripen sooner or later.
I think it is more likely that the tendency of ascribing apparent conditions to karma
is based on a kind of rationalizing that people developed to explain things they couldn't explain.
Now, because of science, we understand a lot more about how things happen.
If I am in an accident and lose my arm,
But I am essentially the same person i was before, then
did "I" loser my arm, or did my body
lose an arm?
Is it "you" that has CP. or is it your body that has CP?