Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sharing a few things I learned from a book



"How smart girls can become richer" is a book I finished reading recently. The following are some of pointers I learned from the book, since the book is in Chinese, the following are my translation into English:

(1) When you have spare time, try to shop lesser, especially those impulse shoppers. Try to stay at home, read books and newspapers and learn a skill, in this way you achieve the aim and target of earning more (with a skill) and spending less.

(2) Only action is power, knowledge is only a potential energy and power, if you do not put your knowledge into action, your knowledge is redundant and useless. Girls in their twenties, if you keep on thinking of earning more and do not put into actions, your wish will always be like a reflection in the water which is not real.

(3) On marriage

If your husband is as career minded as you, who can sacrifice time, energy and other things for his career, then both of you can work together or jointly for a common purpose or benefit. However if you are someone who is easily contented as long as you have a shelter, a place to stay and three meals on your table, then you have to find a partner who shares the same views of life as you, who is not so career minded. Career minded is not a bad thing, however if you do not share the same philosophy and views of life, life will be hard for both of you.

However, I am someone who believes in Karma, sometimes no matter how hard you try, things will not get better, this is your Karma. Just like marriage, sometimes it is your Karma that you end up with your partner. Because he owes you in his previous life, he has to repay you in this life and ended up he becomes your family. 

Yet, I have a question regarding Karma. A person may have a less pleasant life this life because he or she is born with bad karma, but isn't it unfair to the person because his or her Karma is due to what was done in his or her previous life. Isn't it plain unlucky for the person if he or she is born with bad karma.

Can someone enlighten me? 

14 comments:

Merryn said...

I dont shop much yet we are still not rich. LoL.

To me, marriage is a ying and yang thing. We have to complement the other. What he lacks, I try to fill it up and he will fill up what I am lacking. Therefore, with both of us together, we are complete.

I can't enlighten you regarding Karma as I don't understand much about it. I see nasty people around me yet they are living a good life but there are good people close to me yet they are still struggling in their lives. So...

Libby said...

Merryn: As for nasty people living a good life, maybe their previous life they did good so this life they have a good life, that is why sometimes I feel karma is a bit unfair in this sense

mun said...

Sorry I cannot enlighten you because I don't believe in this karma thing. I have more questions than you about karma and one of my question is: For those who believe that they are born with bad karma so does it mean that they can sleep everyday and accept their bad karma and no need to do anything to improve it because what is the point because as what you have said above, bad karma cannot be changed this lifetime, only collect points/merits so that your next life karma can be better?

Princess Ribbon said...

I've heard of karma, and I always hear people saying about this karma thing.. They say, do good, and you get good karma, do bad and bad karma will come to you.. I've seen people doing good all their life, they are good people, but end up something bad happen to them & family.. Hmm, as along as everyday we do good, in our means, ok already..

CL (RealGunners) said...

The most appropriate person to answer this in a theological point of view is none other than Anay TM...

For me, I do believe in karma, but that doesn't mean I will resign myself to accept it. See it this way, if we speak religiously, just because you have bad karma now doesn't mean you should not strive to wipe it off and turn it into good karma for your next life.

If we speak in layman term: Humans should always strive to better themselves and never give up. We should always try to be positive. Cannot let "bad karma" be an excuse for us to give up.

[SK] said...

i like the first two photos, very inspiring.. i have also heard about bad karma, it's not like dirt on our clothes that we can wash to get rid of it.. but instead it's like debt, you own it and cannot remove it but to earn credit to reduce it..

Phong Hong said...

I think TM is the best person here to explain karma. I do believe in karma to a certain extent. But what I cannot accept is when karma is used to explain away everything. For example, if someone always treat you badly, the explanation is that in your previous life you owe that person something. So in this life, you have to pay back this person and that's why he/she is mean to you. It is as if you have to accept that treatment because it is karma.

Yannie said...

I believe Karma very much.

If one person is born with bad karma, he/she can improve the karma by doing more charity, help others, be kind to everyone, be filial to old parents, and be good in everything, I am sure the karma will be improved.

Yannie said...

Thanks for sharing those wisdom quotes about Karma. I like them.

Twilight Man said...

Karma is widely believed in Hinduism and Buddhism since thousands of years ago. All the actions of humans have consequences to decide our fate of the future whether in this life or many lives later. It is not easy to explain and convince anyone about all this invisible forces and frequencies.

I often told everyone that I was a wild party animal during my younger days before I went to States. I had a good and flamboyant life without worries until fortune tellers, mediums and psychics warned me that a very terrible and dangerous fate would hit me after I returned to Malaysia. I took it seriously and even bought more medical insurance. My intestines burst and I landed in hospital where I underwent emergency operation at night after the hospital summoned the surgeons back to operate me. My fever ran high for a week and the surgeon put me on critical danger list while telling my family to prepare for the worst. When I was discharged, I changed overnight and thought hard about the meaning of karma. I was fortunate that I was being warned several years ahead which I believed was the divine's initiative that the psychic told me about my fate when I was spending my winter vacation at her house in California. I started to collect monetary donations from many friends to print thousands of copies of sutra books for free distribution for over 10 years. I had to give them a chance to make merits & hopefully clear some karma instead of me paying alone for the sutra books. I started to learn to chant mantras and long prayers to clear bad karma which I am not sure how long it takes. It could be whole life or many lives to clear bad karma, as mentioned in some sutra texts. This does not mean that I can take it easy now as I do not know whether bigger bad karma will hit me or not. I should just continue my homework since I am a firm believer of karma. The pain I went through was unforgettable.

Making merits and clearing bad karma are different issues where many people mistook it that we can clear all bad karma by just making merits. However, fate is in our own hands and we can change all our own bad fate if we know how and determined to do so. Only fixed fate cannot be changed in our lives. Not everyone has fixed fates. Oh dear, I have written so much in your comment box.

Libby said...

TM: It is just perfectly alright for you to write so long in my comment box, actually I was waiting for you to comment as all along I know Anay knows quite a lot about the topic of Karma, still my question of is it plain unlucky for a person if he or she is born with bad karma has not been answered though

Twilight Man said...

You actually know the answer already. We reap what we sow. So that's cause and effects as a result where we need not judge whether good, bad or unlucky. The ultimate teachings tell us there is no right or wrongs in everything besides we should think of nothingness and live in the present.

I always spend a lot of time sharing stories and testimonials with all friends to encourage them to change their fate and have faiths in whatever religion they choose. Our fate is in our hands, so we can change them for better or for worse.

Libby said...

TM: Thanks for the sharing TM, I always like to have an insight on the topic of Karma

Libby said...

Mun: Bad karma can be changed this lifetime if one do more good deeds and collect merit points