FIVE JEWELS OF WISDOM
A Discourse on the Art of Questing Life
By David Barrett-Murrer
The five jewels of wisdom are a fundamental part of the path
of awakening and the way of enlightenment. They provide a source of inspiration
for people to draw upon and benefit from. You
are not asked to believe, but rather to discover for yourself the truths
outlined in these jewels of wisdom and how they can transform your life.
This teaching is essentially a spiritual cleansing as the
five jewels (karma, harmlessness, desire, love and freedom), when internalise,
can take one rapidly to the threshold of spiritual awakening.
At some point in their lives most individuals ponder the
question, 'What can I do to advance spiritually’. Many do not wish to get
involved with any particular religion or belief-system, traditional or
otherwise. They are looking for a method of teaching that frees the mind and
does not restrict their personal freedom.
If a method is true then it will work for anyone who
embraces it sincerely. No matter what belief-system you hold this teaching will
enhance your understanding of yourself and also enhance any belief-system that
you may subscribe to.
It is easy to dismiss the simplicity of this teaching but it
can have a truly dynamic potency when understood and lived in daily life. The
five truths that are central to this method have been known for centuries. They
are like diamonds scattered in the darkness of the secular world. To process
these jewels you just need to discover them and to live them.
The Awareness of Karma
The Spirit of Harmlessness
The Cessation of Selfish Desire
A Sustained Loving Attitude
The Harmony of Freedom
THE AWARENESS OF KARMA
The jewel of karma contains a great and cleansing truth that
can radically transform your life for the better. It is a truth that has been
known for centuries yet its significance in the life of man is rarely
understood and adopted. When you fully
understand this truth then you can choose between suffering and freedom from
suffering. In time you will discover that no one makes us suffer we make
ourselves suffer by what we think, say and do.
Karma is the law of cause and effect and is also known as
the law of reactivity. In science this is known as the law of action and
reaction. This law of cause and effect is part of most philosophies and
cultures, yet its practical implication in the lives of men and women is seldom
All religions have some understanding of the nature of
karma. This knowledge has not been hidden from man, rather it has been
disregarded by adopting a superficial attitude of, 'Oh yes, I know that'. But
it's not enough just to know it; one must live in the acute awareness of this
truth of karma. Only then can it become a jewel of cleansing in one's life.
Many people wonder how they can advance spiritually. What
everyone can benefit from is to understand the nature of karma as it is worked
out in one's daily life. By thinking and pondering on the concept of karma one
will gain a theoretical understanding. From this understanding it is easy to
discover that karma is a reality in everyone's life. If you can live with the
awareness of karma then the process of cleansing will naturally occur. This is
definitely part of the spiritual path that everyone can actively work at,
irrespective of who or what you are.
So what is this truth, this dynamic jewel of cleansing?
It is simply this: Every thought that we think, every word
that we speak and every deed that we do (good, bad and indifferent) will return
to us in some form or other.
The consequences of this are that if we hurt someone
physically, emotionally or mentally then someone, sooner or later, will hurt us
also. If we love or show kindness then that love or kindness will also return
to us in some form or other. It is as Jesus taught us, as we sow so shall we reap what we have sown. These were once
words of real significance and they can still be for those who understand the
nature of karma in their lives.
In this truth of karma the three areas of activity are
clearly indicated as physical acts, words and thoughts. Moses gave the children
a simply guide concerning their physical acts in the Ten Commandments. This is
a basic and universal guide that should be adhered to by every Jew, Christian
and Moslem (since all three are part of the same line of divine guidance). Yet
sadly, even these simple commandments are mostly platitudes, just empty words
in our modern day world. If it were not so, how could a Christian kill a Moslem
or a Moslem kill a Jew. Have they forgotten the commandment, 'You shall not
What people fail to see is that every act of violence they
perform is accountable under karmic law. Sooner or later, in this or in another
life, they will suffer an equal act of violence and reap the full impact of
their actions. Every hurt, minor or serious, on another being will incur a
karmic reaction that will return to the perpetrator. The hard fact is, if you
hurt or cheat someone then someone, sooner or later, will hurt or cheat you.
It may help in the understanding of karma to realise that
karma is impersonal and indifferent to one's actions. Karma does not judge us
rather it simply returns to us in time and space what we put out in our
thoughts, words and actions. If we show
kindness and compassion to others then that kindness and compassion will
certainly return to us in some form or other. Good deeds return spiritual merit
or positive karma while bad deeds return suffering or negative karma.
Most people can distinguish between good and bad physical
acts, but when it comes to acts such as adultery, for example, many fail to
acknowledge the suffering inflicted on the innocent spouse and children. If
your actions and choices cause suffering to others then that suffering will
return to you.
Can you imagine the negative karma incurred by a terrorist
who blows up innocent people just to make a political statement? If these
terrorists truly understood the law of karma would they really want to acquire
such a heavy karmic burden?
Now there are many people in the world who control their
actions and do others no physical harm, yet they still suffer emotionally. This
brings us to the second area of karmic activity, which involves the words we
speak and how we speak them. As our
words invoke both good and bad karma, there are many ways in which people can
be hurt by what we say to and about them.
If we are feeling angry and voice that anger causing distress to others
then it is a form of emotional abuse.
Even malicious gossip is a form of verbal violence. Remember
that those who gossip to you about others will also gossip to others about you.
It is a vicious circle that many take pleasure in without realising the
inevitable consequences of their malicious words. Thereby failing to see the
real reason behind their suffering.
Words can also be used to damage the reputation of an
individual, harming that person indirectly. Again these words are karmic and
the ones who smear and slander another are opening themselves up to the same.
Words can equally be used to heal, comfort and inspire
others. This is positive karma and these qualities of comfort and inspiration
will enrich your life also. Jesus gave us a wonderful guide to live by when he
said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' [Luke 6:31].
Now there are those who are mindful of what they say but
other people still say unkind and hurtful things to them. This brings us to the
most important area of karmic activity that involves the thoughts we think.
Cruel thoughts about others are as bad as cruel words or cruel deeds and all
incur karma. There is no escaping from the consequences of our thoughts, words
and deeds. Karma is unerring in all matters
and cannot be avoided.
Before speaking or acting in a negative fashion, you must
first think about it and then mentally agree to it. If someone has developed a
habit of negative or cruel responses then it may seem as if this is an
unstoppable process. However, a little awareness of the processes involved will
soon reveal that before acting automatically one must agree with the action.
Usually it comes as an urge to act on the first thought. If it is a habit, then
to go with it is almost effortless. However,
you can with a slight effort of mind simply refuse to act, overriding the urge.
People have free will so there is always a choice involved.
When Jesus said that even to think of adultery with someone
is to commit that sin [Matthew 5:27 to 5:28]; in this he was referring to the
sins of the mind, our thoughts. Where Moses gave us the law of the
commandments, which so many people have found unable to live by, Jesus,
however, gave us a tougher discipline that is much harder to live by.
The things we do, the words we speak and even the thoughts
we think are all accountable karmically. This can be terrible news for those
who enjoy harming others and get an emotional kick out of it. On the other
hand, for those who wish to enrich their lives, it is a wonderful revelation
since karma works both ways. One only
has to think, say and do the things that will help, comfort and inspire others
to a brighter and happier life. In this way one begins to see the good in
others and not dwell on the bad. As we are all imperfect beings on the path of
Our behaviour colours our life with suffering, indifference
or joy depending on what we chose to think, say and do. We are in the driving
seat regards these matters. In the next sentence is the key to the nature of
suffering and to the ending of suffering. No one makes us suffer, we make
ourselves suffer by what we think, say and do. If each of us accepted this as a
fact then the technique of positive harmlessness can become a powerful
cleansing agent of one's heart and mind...
(Extract from the 5 Jewels of Wisdom. To read more download the free E-book.)
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