Gateway to Dharma
How should one face up to Karmic Lessons?
Karmic lessons cannot be learned without true understanding from within. The way of understanding is to examine the actual nature of things thoroughly that do not discriminate between the self and the other. Truth cannot be understood through logical reasoning, but only through insight which has nothing to do with words or imagination. Words may point at the truth, but the truth is not in words. To seek illumination through words alone, or through pure imagination without the benefit of factual investigation, is to lose touch with the truth, and with it the insight to recognise the essence of reality. One who desires to understand the truth yet still clings to the make-believe logic of speculation will never completely understand what truth is. Soon, all that is left are words of warped intellect that inspire little in the way of constructive action, or even actions that contradict words. All manner of emotional unrest is merely the symptom of a bigger, more basic problem that needs to be put right. Identify this and, though one may feel confronted by it, one will discover that it is simple to get to the root of what is wrong. Otherwise, what good will any lesson bring if one ignores factual evidence, and substitutes investigation with false imagining? Is this not in line with Jesus' teaching that: "Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall open wide to you."