Claire, I'm not sure if you are aware of how you came across in your past post with comments so insulting toward the United States that Diane wants to wash her hands of approving your posts.
You sound like you have a bitter hatred toward this country and the "barely-evolved simian primates" who live in it.
You see us as greedy capitalists who worship the "unholy dollar."
You tell us that when we use the word "freedom," we are unrighteously meaning a freedom to pursue unhampered greed.
You insinuate that the United States has done as bad or worse as Nazi Germany when they put 6,000,000 Jews to death.
While condemning us you have sympathy for the Taliban in their move to destroy the irreplaceable Buddhists statues. You say this was an expression of their deep hurt - apparently caused by the United States and not the Buddhists.
If you see the United States as evil as Nazi Germany then I assume you would be just as happy today if we had stayed out of World War II and your country of residence - Norway - would be occupied by Nazism today with citizens wearing a swastika on their left arms.
We could just as have easily attacked your Norway if we desired starting with their yielding to Hitler with barely a fight and virtually no preparation for such a foe, opening the door for the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews. This easy defeat was partially due to the large public support the Nazi party had in Norway with Vidkun Quisling at its head. Quisling later became a traitorous prime minister during the Nazi occupation thanks largely to the acquiescence of the people before the war.
I could go on year by year and find many other faults with your country or any other, but what good does it serve? And for God's sake what good does it serve to compare any nation in the world today who values human rights to the evil that Nazi Germany committed in slaughtering six million Jews? The condemnation of the United States (for its sins) by the religious right of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson is bad enough in this hour of grief, but your words take the cake.
I think you should apologize for insulting the United States (and its people) or any other nation with this completely unjust comparison.
And what timing to make a comparison! Over 80 nations lost loved ones in this disaster and millions are affected by this and many thousands have lost loved ones dear to them. 75% of the populace are said to be depressed and instead of words of cheer what do you do?
Insinuate we are as bad as Hitler's Germany and deserve the destruction we received.
Since we are on this subject, let me say a few words about karma and cause and effect as it relates to the recent disaster.
One of the reasons many of the unthinking are condemning America with such black and white thinking is a simplistic look at karma.
Some reason that because we suffered such a devastating loss then this means we deserve it because we have previously given out what we have received. (They do not take into account that our many blessing may come from doing something right.) This negative belief causes many to examine the United States through a jaundiced eye only looking for the bad and overlooking the good. This clouded vision creates a distorted vision of evil where there may be little or no evil.
What is the matter with this simplistic view of karma?
To understand, one must realize that a country is an entity just as we as human beings are entities and the cause and effect of a country cannot be entirely judged by its current life just as an individual cannot be.
I know there are a number of very high quality people on this list who have more than their share of pain and suffering and some are beside themselves attempting to figure out what they did to deserve their present fate. In many cases, there is nothing they did in this current life, but the cause originates instead in a past life.
India, as a peace loving nation, probably asked this question when they were invaded by the Moslems around the turn of the first millennium and watched in horror as their national treasures were looted or destroyed and hundreds of thousand of their people were slaughtered, tortured and sold into slavery. India to this day has not achieved the standard of living as they had before this atrocity.
No matter how closely you examine the history of India, one cannot find a source of evil actions by them that deserved such annihilation.
There are two reasons for this.
The first, as I said, is that countries themselves are entities and reincarnate. India has lived before in another form, much more violent than she is in this age. And so it is with the United States. Her last incarnation (according to DK) was as ancient Atlantis. Many of the effects suffered or enjoyed by current America is traced back to causes initiated many thousands of years ago in that ancient land.
A second source of causes not initiated by the current United States (or any other country) comes from greater lives of which it forms a part.
An individual, for example, could decide to commit suicide and the millions of innocent cells in his body (who are performing as they should) will die with him.
Even so, the greater lives of which we are a part (the planetary and solar logos) can initiate causes which effect us over which we as individuals have little control.
Humanity as a whole is also an entity and it has a choice for life and death that brings effects down to us as individuals over which we have little control.
If humanity allows itself to be destroyed by nuclear weapons, or some other doomsday device, then the good and the bad will suffer together, just as the good and the bad enjoy the rays of the morning sun each new day. Many causes and effects are collective.
Djwahl Khul tells us of a third source of distress for which an individual may not be responsible and this is attacks by the Dark Brotherhood. He tells us that a disciple who has paid off his karma may be a target of these dark ones and, until he learns to neutralize the attack, can experience much suffering.
This principle also applies to nations. The nations of the world who are the greatest representatives of the principle of freedom will be a prime source of attack by them.
In all this, the point to remember is that if the whole is looked at, cause and effect works out with exactness, but if we only look at one or two pieces of the puzzle it may often seem that karma is not fair.
Question: H. P. Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey introduced the knowledge of the Masters of Wisdom and since that time many have claimed to be channeling for them.
But note this. They call themselves not the Masters of Love or of Light or anything else, but the Masters of Wisdom. Why have they chosen to call themselves this and how is this a key in recognizing them or their true servants?
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