"This is the ultimate Aquarian paradox. One does not really know what the larger good is, yet one is asked to think about it." — The Aquarian Almanac

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January 24, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

" A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensively and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others."

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

This sentiment leads to the ethical imperative of altruism.  To gain a universal perspective we have to learn to take ourselves outside our personal perspective and gain skill in seeing things through the eyes of others.  This is very hard but it seems to be where compassion begins.

January 24, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

“All our actions are to be done for the sake of the good.“

— Plato

“We shape ourselves in trusts to the Divine mind; we make over our soul in trust to the Divine mind and set it firmly in That; thus what That sees, the soul will waken to see; it is through the Divine mind that we have this vision of Unity.”

— Plotinus

"To live for and as the SELF of all beings."

January 25, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

“The heart benevolent and kind

The most resembles God.”

— Robert Burns

“The is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behaviour, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 24, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

“Both directly and indirectly one must act only for the welfare of sentient beings.”

— Shantideva

“The amplitude of the good is as great as the reality of all beings.”

— Giordano Bruno

Is the universe benevolent at its core?  Or does this characterization personalize the impersonal?  Could we not say that Karma is essentially "Good"? or ultimately benevolent?

Karma, in my opinion, is simply Just. It is, as one would find, far too abstract to apply a finite concept to it.

Not a single movement, flutter, nor alteration of Matter is possible without Karma. It would become increasingly difficult to measure such action as "good" or "bad."

Good and bad are concepts, they ultimately have no bearings to the mysterious and Just Law of causation; Karma.

This is only my understanding, however.

What you say makes sense to me because Karma is the adjuster of balance, the arbiter of harmony.

That is a helpful insight to see Karma as the Law of Justice.

We just need to be careful not to anthropomorphize the universe.

A couple of ideas about Universal Good that come to mind is the desire on the part of many during the Christmas season for "Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Men".   Or we have the idea in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of meditating on the good of all humanity.  It seems to me that activities and reflections like these lift the heart and purify the mind.

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Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on January 29, 2016 at 9:47am

Good points here.  Maybe another way to look at Universal Good is to restate it as The Good of the Whole.

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 28, 2016 at 11:06pm

January 27, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.“

—Lewis Carol

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”

—Bhavani Shankar

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

January 28, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

” In thankfulness for all I will worship the Eternal Ones; yes, I will worship those who have ever lived and who still live, and by their own holy names and to their thrones will I draw near with my praise.”

— Zarathustra

” If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts, he shall end in certainties.”

— Francis Bacon

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on January 30, 2016 at 9:43am

January 29, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Good

“My country is the world and my religion is to do good.”

— Thomas Paine

“My country is not yesterday. My country is tomorrow.”

— Romain Rolland