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How Do You Redeem Your Soul?

How Do You Redeem Your Soul?

Finding the life answer to how you redeem your soul is a challenge. A redeemed soul sees itself as new and unblemished. To reach this state of innocence would be impossible according to the law of karma, for the cycle of sowing and reaping never ends. (Unlike sin, karma grips us even in the case of accidents and inadvertent mistakes – regardless of circumstances, an action is an action and has consequences.)

The problem is further complicated by the fact that each person performs millions of actions in a lifetime, and these overlap on all levels. Emotions and intentions are both tied in. The parsing of good from bad becomes extremely complicated, and the doctrine of karma makes the calculation harder rather than easier, because the mind can always find some tiny detail that was overlooked previously.

A redemptive God is the only being in the cosmos exempt from karma (or sin). Or to be more accurate, God transcends karma because he alone isn’t in the cosmos.

Clearly no one can repeal the law of cause and effect. In the East, using the terminology of karma, they say that evil acts pursue a soul across time and space until the debt is paid. Even death cannot abolish a karmic debt; this only happens by becoming a victim of the same evil you committed or by working off bad imprints through good ones.

At the level of second attention, however, this cycle is irrelevant. One doesn’t need to repeal the law of karma at all. Despite all the activity on the surface of life, a speck of awareness inside is not touched. The instant they wake up in the morning, a saint and a sinner are in the same place. They both feel themselves to be alive and aware.

This place stands outside reward and punishment. It knows no duality. When you have accomplished the task of finding this place, holding on to it, and living there, duality is gone. You are free from all bondage of good or bad actions.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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5:04AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

depressive, one can never run, never exscape karma get anyone i just hope karma gets those animal abusers, hunters, poachers as well

2:57PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

...thru faith..trials and tribulations....and the grace of the Almighty...x

8:56AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

How can you be sure, Victor?

8:53AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

noted with thanks

4:59AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Thank you

7:06PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

thank you!

12:59PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Will you ask " how can I redeem my self?" as if Creation, the flower of Creator's will needed a reason or excuse to exist. Life is an on-going process, a constant unfolding and there is no blank slate point where all is pure and simple. This would only exist if it were already a place existent in the field of reality and thus only recognized and experienced as a focus of attention until the attention is tuned to another face of reality. To assume that one's soul was a possession who are we to grant ourselves permission to experience it? If it could be lost or needed justification begs the question that if that is true who are we apart from soul and all the questions that opens up along the way. There is no "before" for everything to have come from as all true time is simultaneous apart from how it may appear from this perspective.

11:41AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

thanks

12:14AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thank you for the article

2:25AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Note: regarding my comment below

If you need to put someone in jail, do it to prevent further harm to the criminal and to others.

Not for vengeance!

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