Wednesday, 04 March 2015
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If intentions do not matter, only actions, how does that reconcile with the teaching that if we have sinned in our hearts and minds then we have effectively sinned? As when Jesus taught if we have committed adultery in our hearts and minds then we have committed adultery for all intents and purposes. Furthermore, what is the Karmic climate of a person who is mean in spirit, or harbors ill-will, but not mean in action? Does thought and/or intention only matter when we are unconsciously identified with them? Or is merely having them enough to create a kind of spiritual soil?

Thank you for your time and consideration.
7 years ago
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Accepted Answer
We think of murder as the worst crime that man can commit, but man's thoughts are often far more destructive than the weapon of the murderer. People injure each other by the use of envy, hatred, malice, and uncontrolled desire; then comes a day when man is brought face to face with true justice. His actions of good and evil are summed up within him, and he sees the balance struck. - "The Tiger Man," The Lord God of Truth Within by M

Thoughts are things, and man is a spark of the Infinite Great Reality. Like God, he has the power of creation and can build up forms and energies, which can either bring to him truth or evil (ignorance). It is by thought that he creates the universe within which he lives—his own thought-created universe. - "Disease," The Lord God of Truth Within by M


You have to remember that even thinking something is performing an action, and therefore acquires karma. Thoughts are things.
7 years ago
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#8901
Thank you for your response.

So thoughts are actions by way of the act of thinking - the seed of action. I can appreciate that. Do thoughts that are quickly dismissed through awareness carry the same Karmic weight as thoughts that are harbored through identification? If we know our thought is not upright and we are self-aware and self-observant choosing to dismiss the thought by shining the light of awareness on the ego(s) that created it, does that negate the Karma at all?

Thanks again.
7 years ago
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#8900
Accepted Answer
We think of murder as the worst crime that man can commit, but man's thoughts are often far more destructive than the weapon of the murderer. People injure each other by the use of envy, hatred, malice, and uncontrolled desire; then comes a day when man is brought face to face with true justice. His actions of good and evil are summed up within him, and he sees the balance struck. - "The Tiger Man," The Lord God of Truth Within by M

Thoughts are things, and man is a spark of the Infinite Great Reality. Like God, he has the power of creation and can build up forms and energies, which can either bring to him truth or evil (ignorance). It is by thought that he creates the universe within which he lives—his own thought-created universe. - "Disease," The Lord God of Truth Within by M


You have to remember that even thinking something is performing an action, and therefore acquires karma. Thoughts are things.
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