Resentment and Karma

A few posts back is “The Cup of Karma”. This verbalisation was/is very pivotal in my life.

In the bible story Jesus drained the cup of karma, “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” and “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

In this case it refers to the fourth initiation of crucifixion.

The Cup of Karma is about surrender without grudge and with fully conscious willingness.  It is the willing acceptance of fate which is the integral over all karma in any given lifetime. It is about atonement in the sense of at-one-ment and it is all about service.

In the West there are many people full of resentment about their lot. Yet they will dine well and be dry and warm tonight. I think it fair to say that resentment is rife because as everyone knows it is “factual” that the grass is always greener somewhere else. {Does this mean green with envy?}

If one attains karma. That is if one really gets it, understands it and has its blood in vein it is impossible to harbour resentment. Whatever is happening to you, you called it forth. You were its cause in one way or another because we are all parts of the near infinite jig saw puzzle of dependent origination. You had at the very least a hand in whatever is happening now.

In the picture of the last supper, there is one dude without a halo. Presumably this is a depiction of Judas. But Judas enabled Jesus’ fate. He had a pivotal and important karmic role so it is a bit mean to treat him poorly, to troll him in an oil painting. If Judas had not followed his fate, the world would be a very different place.

How we play the hand fate has dealt us is down to us. We can be miserable and resentful. Or we can find joy. If one transcends the hard done by attitude one can make the most of the hand of cards we ourselves select at birth.

Trying to cooperate with our life circumstance and the karma therein, is life enhancing. Trying to fight against our fate is not and can lead to bitterness and resentment. Which will carry over as karmic work to be done next time around.

In attaining karma as a reality and not an intellectual concept one releases a huge amount of emotional attachment. A massive burden is removed from the shoulders. No longer do we force; we aim to flow.

The choice of cups is between acceptance and resentment, willingness and resistance, relaxation and tension, flow and force. In one cup nectar, in the other bile.

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