“Don” is in this life for himself, and he makes no bones about it. He frequently says “You gotta look out for number one,” and the expression perfectly reflects his attitude and behaviour in the apparent world. Behind his customers’ backs, he calls them foul names and ridicules their mannerisms. In business deals, which he approaches with utter lack of integrity, he’s proud of “raping the sheep,” which means getting the apparent upper hand through sly manipulation. The love of money is his sole reason for being. After a deal concludes, he smiles and shakes hands with his customers; but behind closed doors after they have left, he ridicules his sheep’s degree of gullibility. The memory of the sweet and easy deal with Rosie, one his trusting elderly neighbours, always brings a smile to his face; it was so easy to defraud her of an extra ten thousand dollars. In his personal relationships, he is no less ruthless; for his pleasure is what matters most. It is all about him. Although Don is six feet two inches tall, he is a small man; trouble is, he doesn’t know it.
What Don and innumerable persons like him don’t realize is that our body-minds are expressions of The One, aka Consciousness. Consciousness is the only reality. Due to this, absolutely nothing can be hidden from The One–how could it? If such were, indeed, possible, how could we ever accomplish this miracle of hiding our best or worst from the Loving Power–“That”—which is Omnipresent? In Luke 12:7, KJB, we may read the following: “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. When we come to know Truth, we realize that there is only One Knower and One Doer masquerading as a multiplicity and diversity of apparent forms. Any act performed against an apparent other is actually an act against ourself. I make no pretense of being an authority on the Bible, but this truth is clearly revealed in Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” It’s informing us that Consciousness knows whether you’ve been bad or good; so be good for goodness sake.
It’s important to realize that we are not punished for our sins (by some vengeful God in the sky); rather, we are punished by our sins (which is actually defined as to miss the mark). What we apparently do comes back to us. Fortunately, the same holds true as it relates to goodness. Thus, if we desire more love in the world, we must be more loving. If we desire to experience more compassion, generosity, and sincerity, we must be more compassionate, generous, and sincere. We can spare ourselves a lot of needless suffering by embracing high ideals on a regular basis. If we’re serving “we” on a regular basis, as opposed to the little “me,” we’re on the right track. Our human incarnation is of tremendous value; for it provides an opportunity to awaken to the Truth of our essential nature. We are so much more than name and form. We are divine Spirit having an apparent human incarnation.
Update: The majority of us are likely tempted to wish otherwise, but Don’s unethical business tactics went undetected while he remained in human form. However, nothing escapes the snares of karma. Subsequent to a major business deal in which he apparently raped all of the sheep involved, his body-mind passed from this world–not one soul attended the funeral. Don is currently serving time in Colorado, as an intestinal parasite in a sheep named Rosie. You might say, that’s he’s awaiting his extradition papers. With any luck and a little more grazing, he’ll be out in a day or so to continue his journey. Be kind; wish him well; embrace the love that flows through you–that is you–and be wise enough to turn the other cheek and seek not human revenge. Hold no evil wish against anyone. The wheels of this Universe roll along in unexpected and mysterious ways.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2021 – R. Arthur Russell
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2 thoughts on “The Raping of The Sheep”
I quite often see karma talked about as “FACT”.
My question is how do you know karma exists? I like to go on what I can directly experience with the right eye to see of course, and as shown via “the headless way” all we are is awareness therefore Consciousness for lack of a better term (it’s beyond mind, so we can’t ever label it). So we can and do and always have directly experienced Awareness/Consciousness which validates Awareness/Consciousness instead of limited body-mind.
We don’t however directly experience Karma, at least not now, nor here. So how do we validate it other than what’s said in scriptures/sutras (which have often been defiled, re-written and corrupted in their generational lineage hand-downs). So how to know if Karma actually exists?
If one were to look at direct experience again; it’s the body-minds who have absolutely no regard for other body-minds that tend to get to, and stay at, the top, in the body-mind Game of Faces.. It’s those same body-minds who are brought up;conditioned if you will, with their version of the scriptures and sutras; namely kaballah “magic” and the Talmud. Surely their version of Oneness is not inferior to ours?
So honestly I don’t think Karma exists. Plus time and space are body-mind concepts therefore how can the example above be spending a lifetime in a sheep as an intestinal worm, if time doesn’t exist? And as everything is nonduality; oneness, it seems unlikely that Oneness is going to judge Oneness and place that individual part of Oneness into some kind of hell.
I think it’s far more likely when we die we, as tentacles of Oneness merge with the greater body of Oneness and that’s why we forget everything. Though this doesn’t explain how some children have former life memories.
Gosh it’s so hard to try and put this into words. Language itself defiles Oneness/Awareness/Consciousness.
BTW thanks for this blog it’s a lovely read; you are very skilled at defining Consciousness. I think you should write the body-mind manual. I’m about to buy and read your ebook.
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights about the subject of Karma. I think it’s wonderful that we can share different views.
I share the view of David Hawkins that ego actually is karma; but thank you again for taking the time to comment and share. We all grow and evolve by doing so.
Kind regards, Art
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