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From my reading, in Eastern philosophy or Eastern Cultures, when bad things happen to people, they seem to take personal responsibility rather than blaming other(s).

I have been unable to find more information on why this is.

Some examples I've seen:-
"Both happiness and sadness are within you and you are the root cause"
"good and bad that happens to one, is NEVER because of others"

Can you expand on this, or point me to sources where I can expand my understanding.

Thank you.

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Dear Mr. Hersey,

Thank you for your question.

The theory of karma, cause and effect, underlies the Hindu and Buddhist belief that we are responsible for what happens to us. The circumstances of our birth, parentage, social status, wealth, our personality, and potentials are the results of our actions in this or past lives. The theory of karma provides a rational sense of order and justice to our understanding of how the universe works. It also indicates how to improve our circumstances through choosing actions that uplift us materially and morally.

You can read more about karma theory here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/kyog/kyog01.htm.

Best wishes,

Brother William  

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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