Balance in life

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Dharma, righteousness – Balance conscience are the internalized values of the society around, and it certainly varies to a smaller degree from culture to culture (culture differs from home to home and is not bound by geography).

In a few cultures, the parents may feel bad, but it may not bother them to spank their child in the name of discipline bordering on abuse, the child may accept that to be a norm, even though he or she may resent the parent for it and perhaps want to beat them up too.

An imbalance is created in both psyche – they may not have the time, or knowledge to come out of it. In societies where children are aware of abuse laws they have no hesitation calling the police, but there are those who suppress it out of fear….

What you see in every case is an imbalance in the spiritual plane, each one has a threshold, beyond which it triggers an action. But no matter what culture, society or faith we follow, the basic is same. There is God given balance in each one of us, a child is born with a zero balance on both the right side and wrong sides, we keep adding to both sides as we develop.

In Islam, the idea of Munkir- Nakir, the angels who register your bad and good karma exists; signifying the freedom one has to pile up either side and live with its consequences in terms of anguish (Hell fire) and serenity (Jannah).

There is one essence, and one singular cause gave birth to the universe and it all emanated from one source.

– The purpose of all religions is to bring a balance to an individual and what surrounds him/her; life and environment. Whether it is Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Bahai, Zoroastrianism or the native traditions, the unintended goal is same – peaceful co-existence.

Thanks for sharing the four elements of living a balanced (righteous) life;

Wisdom emanates from all sources, in different places and different formats; the bottom line is to create co-existence and harmony. … See More

The teachings of Zarthustra, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavir, Jesus, Muhammad, Nanak and all the great teachers are universal, and no one should own them nor should they confine it to a group, they never had a patent or copyright to be used exclusively, indeed their teachings belong to all of us and can be used in any proportion that works.

True Nirvana, Mukti, Moksha, Salvation, Nijaat or freedom comes when one is in full balance; physical, mental, and spiritual, and one is completely free and independent of external stimuli. I can clearly see how it works in each faith, let me give the Islamic perspective – After defending and stopping the aggressors from offensive destruction, Prophet Muhammad responded to his associates to the question, what next? He said the greater Jihad begins now. That is greater striving to reign in one’s temptation for revenging, anger, hate, malice and ill-will. Once conquer the base animal within, you would earn the title of “Ashraful Mukhlookhat” meaning honored creatures, the ones who have mastered their instincts.

What makes a thought, an act or a word right? Life is all about balance; justice is the ultimate in balance where no one feels insecure, unsafe and bonded. Indeed, Dharma is dynamic; righteousness can also be likened to peacefulness.

The ultimate responsibility to extricate oneself from fear and other enemies (anger, hate, ill-will etc) rests with the individual. No one but us is responsible for our thoughts, actions and words and we face it in our solitude.

Notes from my postings at Face Book on Arbania Fitrianis wall.!/notes/arbania-fitriani/new-meaning-of-dharma-artha-kaama-and-moksha/326442142387


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About Mike Ghouse

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker and the Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at