We talked a lot about the miserable nature of this material world, and how happiness in this world only exists in a fool’s paradise. We also learned how everything is caught up in the chain of karma – “actions and reactions”.
So we can understand that we are all suffering because of our own wrong deeds. We may remember or not, but the root cause of our sufferings is we; ourselves. Now what we did in past cannot be amended, but we should definitely try to purify our current and future actions. To change our habits is anything but easy. For example, a smoker, he may know how smoking can even kill him, but doesn’t matter how hard he tries, he still fails to give up the habit. Similarly, we all are addicted to different habits – wrong or right – since time immemorial and it would be anything but easy to get rid of them. However, we need to start somewhere.
The first step in rectifying our wrong habits would be to acknowledge they are wrong. If we still don’t realise what we are doing may be wrong, there is no point in thinking about amending it. Now there are two different ways in which one can know whether an action is right or wrong. A person who wants to really hear gets his first answer from his own inner voice. But one who chooses to ignore it never learns and keeps collecting mountain of sins just to cause suffering to other living entities now, and later creates suffering for him.
The second way to determine whether an action is wrong or not, is to see it from a global perspective. If we follow the rules that Good God made for us, they would not have a bad impact on our bodies, our mind, our surroundings and our environment. However, when we start breaking those rules and make our own rules, they are neither good for our health, our consciousness, our mind and our environment. Again, it needs an open mind to accept these facts. If you have faith you will appreciate this all; a biased mind will only look for arguments to defend its wrong actions.
Let’s view some examples. Greed to make money led men to chop down one forest after another and who doesn’t know what terrible effects it has caused and is causing the environment. It was not the nature’s rule, but men did it nevertheless – and now the whole planet along with its inhabitants is paying the price for it. And if this does not stop soon, who knows how much more devastation it can cause. Then come the GMO foods; they are anything but as intended by nature. So much research that’s done on animals already proved how big of a disaster they are and a sharp rise in allergy cases was seen in humans the first year they hit the market. Then comes slaughter houses. This is one thing that can be anything but natural. Our whole next topic would be dedicated to this one topic. So please stay tuned.