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Many people believe that karma is a weird form of divine retributive justice that catches up with you and punishes you harshly for your misdeeds and wrongdoings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Subversion of the Sanskrit words 'karma' and 'deva'

Closer to the truth is the fact that karma, a concept common to eastern philosophies and religions, from Buddhism and Hinduism to Sikhism and Taoism, was obscured and discredited by the three male-dominated Western Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - in a continuous struggle to force Mankind to adopt a worldview based on moral reasoning.

Like karma, another casualty from the East is the Sanskrit word 'deva' which means 'god' but from which we get the English word Devil, to mean Satan. This comes from the wars between the Muslims and Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as a desire to completely root out the Sacred Feminine Principle and this is what lies behind much of the divisions on the basis of differences in terms of gender, sex and racial inequality we see in the West today.

Reinforcement of separateness through social conditioning

For centuries women who have had ideas beyond child-rearing and domestic and sexual servitude have been perceived as dangerous and subversive and any attempts to express spiritual insight have been silenced, stifled and rooted out for over a thousand years. In a brief period in the 16th and 17th century around 6 million women worldwide were put to death for nothing more than witchcraft - through stoning, beheading, hanging, burning at the stake - quite often publicly.

From this most people in the world are conditioned to believe that they are totally separate from both their natural and social environment. Hence they believe that separateness is real.

Most people in the West who identify as 'white' and are socialized according to WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) social and cultural values based almost completely on moral reasoning to develop a 'chess player' mindset and worldview. While many are raised and grow up around black people, and they are accepting of such people, but somewhere at the back of their minds is the fear that "Oh no, Black might win." Quite often it's subconscious, unconscious even, but it's usually there.

These are just two examples - gender inequality and white supremacy - that have been subtly woven into the fabric of our Western social and cultural values over the course of centuries and through our tacit acceptance and compliance of such social and cultural values we are trained to subconsciously accept such values which are all based on moral reasoning. There are many other examples which can be identified through the different ways we have been trained to use the English language and constantly make value judgments between good and bad, fair and unfair, just and unjust, right and wrong, good and evil, and so on.

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Nothing right, nothing wrong

"There is nothing good or bad, only thinking makes it so."

William Shakespeare

Truth be told there is nothing that's right or wrong in your life. These are just the value judgments you make about your experiences of life and how you perceive others based on your moral reasoning. Throughout your life, from the moment you were conceived in your mother's womb, until the moment you die, you are always consciously relative to an environment that consists primarily of space, and you can only relate to that environment in terms of your own conscious awareness.

"To be or not to be? That is the question....."

William Shakespeare in Hamlet

Here's a second quote from Shakespeare to make a point which is expanded on in this e-book, 'Nothing right, nothing wrong.' To be or not to be is an impossible choice simply because there is no choice between being and non-being. Consciousness and space always go together. Consciousness is existence, and space is reality simply because space is the non-existence which defines existence. Therefore as you never find consciousness without space or existence without non-existence, being and non-being both constitute the same thing, existence.

But what connects consciousness and space, both of which go on and on and on infinitely through the universe? The answer is simple. Physicality and energy. Unlike consciousness and space, energy is finite, cannot be created or destroyed. Energy simply changes constantly in relationship to both consciousness and space. This is how energy manifests always as a wave or a cycle. Such as you see on the surface of the sea, constantly. Is the sea right or wrong for the fact that waves constantly appear on its surface? Is the Moon punishing the sea by causing the tides to rise and fall? Think about it.

Karma, which is a Sanskrit word which means simply 'action', has got nothing whatsoever to do with morality, and everything to do with the constant cycles of creativity and interaction which constitute the constant of change occurring throughout Nature and the universe. Karma is action, reaction and interaction. Just like dependent arising, the fact that everything in this universe is interconnected and interdependent, and equally as important to the existence of everything else, karma is a fundamental element of Natural Law - the first of four components of Qultura methodology.

'Nothing right, nothing wrong' is written as a beginner's guide to karma so that you can understand the fundamental relationship involved with your environment and the relationship between what you do and what happens to you.