adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association

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Are we rewarded or punished for our actions?

There is no reward or punishment for our actions, it is only consequences. Or there is an external force which decides rewards and punishments.

Is there any external agency which rewards or punishes us? In our eyes they may seem to be rewards and punishments , actually they may be just consequences. Not necessarily every good act is rewarded and a bad one punished. Do you believe in concept of heaven and hell after death? Yes, if we do good generally as a consequence good things happen to us most of the time but not always and vice versa.

  • Apr 5 2013: I would say that rewards and punishments, excluding those obviously designed by humans as incentives and deterants, are a matter of perspective. I do not think an external agency is rewarding or punishing us based on their values.
    Concerning the afterlife, I do not believe that one can give exact physical description of heaven or hell as one does a lounge in a building. I do consider our consciousness greater than our body, and would like to believe that it is not limited to our lifespan.
    Consider this possibility, If after death your consciousness remains, the outlook towards experience that you built over the course of your life would possibly be all you were aware of. If you hated throughout your entire life, and as hate breeds hate, you will probably have a hate filled outlook toward whatever is next, making it pretty unbearable. If you look at everything with love, patience, and understanding, perhaps the love you experience after the death of your body will be limitless. Even if this isn't true of the afterlife, its a pretty apt rule for how life in the meantime will go.
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    Apr 3 2013: G'day Adesh

    I believe we reward or punish ourselves & each other through our thoughts & actions while living within each others realities, it's that simple.

    Criminals high up in the banking fraternity, politicians & multinationals seem to be able to do as they please as long as their not silly about it however if you & I even thought of doing what these criminals get away with we would be drawn & quartered. We are living within their reality thus under their law.

    Icelandic people arose up to live within their own reality not theirs as shown in the link provided.
    http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/03/21/why-did-the-media-keep-the-recent-peaceful-icelandic-revolution-quiet/

    Love
    Mathew
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    Apr 2 2013: There is no external force which decides rewards and punishments for our actions. The only externality that matters is our environment or nature and it is a cold, mindless, relentless process that tolerates no excess - if we can cope we are in the race, if not we are eliminated.
    Through many actions, mistakes, guidance and advice we slowly learn that a set a of actions increases our chances of faring in the environment, be that society or nature. If you ask which set, well, there is no defined range but just a kind of probability density of favorable options. We call that righteousness.
    And this righteousness can vary so dramatically over time that actions for which human beings are lauded now can be despised at a later date or were lauded in the past can be despised today. Nothing can escape this grind - not religion, ethics, morality, laws and customs.
    In this mirage, we come, live, love, fight, hate, fail, dream, hope and go in flashes like meteors leaving a trace of our destiny and then the mirage erases it.
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      Apr 3 2013: Pabitra Hi, neither there is a race nor there is survival of the fittest. It s only consequences of your actions.
      If you can uderstand Hindi, following is a nice thought in the form of poetry
      Jis rah ki manjil TERA milan ho, us par kadam mein baraoon.
      Phoolon mein , Kharo mein Pat Jhar baharon mein , mein na kabhi dagmagaoon.
  • Apr 3 2013: I think for all what we have done if we rewarded or punished,we do know clearer than anyone else.I think just judge reward or punishment from what we can see appearance.That's a big blunder to understand life.
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    Apr 3 2013: Pabitra Hi, neither there is a race nor there is survival of the fittest. It s only consequences of your actions.
    If you can uderstand Hindi, following is a nice thought in the form of poetry
    Jis rah ki manjil TERA milan ho, us par kadam mein baraoon.
    Phoolon mein , Kharo mein Pat Jhar baharon mein , mein na kabhi dagmagaoon.
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    Apr 1 2013: Consequences more or less are rewards and punishments, aren't they?
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      Apr 1 2013: Is there any external agency which rewards or punishes us? In our eyes they may seem to be rewards and punishments , actually they may be just consequences. Not necessarily every good act is rewarded and a bad one punished. Do you believe in concept of heaven and hell after death? Yes, if we do good generally as a consequence good things happen to us most of the time but not always and vice versa.
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        Apr 1 2013: No, adesh, I'm an atheist and don't believe in heaven or hell. How bout you?

        If we do something good and bad things appear to happen to us, perhaps we need to think harder about those bad "punishments" and see if we can pull something good out of them. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
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    Apr 1 2013: adesh you can add more time to your conversation by hitting "edit" and adding more time.