26 May, 2019

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Law Of Attraction, Buddhism And Faith Based Religions

By Mahendra De Silva –

Recently I had an opportunity to read some inspirational books on Law of Attraction. Law of Attraction theory became popular in the world especially after Napoleon Hill in 1937 published his book “Think and grow rich.”  Then there was “ The Law of Attraction” by Ester & Jerry Hicks.  Based on these books Rhonda Byrne has produced a book and a movie ‘Secret” which gained widespread attention in the media. I also listened Wayne Dyer, an inspirational speaker who is spreading the same message in a very thought provoking manner.

What is law of Attraction?

Law of Attraction (LA) works by “believing in something so strongly that it manifests itself into reality” In summary LA is simply Ask, Believe and Receive. That is whatever the mind can conceive and believe mind can achieve, regardless of how many times you have failed in the past. We have heard the saying “Like attracts like” and “Birds of feather flock together” Law of Attraction is the extension of same concept further. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy. One example used by a proponent of the law of attraction is that if a person opened an envelope expecting to see a bill, then the law of attraction would “confirm” those thoughts and contain a bill when opened. A person who decided to instead expect a cheque might, under the same law, find a cheque instead of a bill.

In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires.

In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires.

First step to accomplish is to have a strong desire to achieve your goal which should be clear in your mind. Your desire should be sincere and genuine. It should always in your heart and in your memory until you achieve it. Esther in her book “Law of Attraction” also suggests that it would be more effective, if we start implanting the request in mind after a brief breathing meditation session. What happens after some time in meditation is that mind will be in a calm and tranquil stage, which is the best environment to plant the suggestion to inner consciousness.

The second step is to believe that you would receive it. You should avoid thinking all the obstacles you would encounter to achieve it. You need not think  how you are going to get it. Simply believe that you deserve to get it. Napoleon Hill also suggests that you should write it clearly what you want and also why you deserve it in the opposite page and to memorise it daily.

Last part is the most important and success will greatly depend on this.  If LA is to work, your eternal vibrations must match with your request. For example if you want something but keep on thinking of lack of it, or negative feelings the chances of success would also be reduced. Having positive feelings – feeling that your task is already achieved –you should be smart enough to generate the feeling or sensation you obtain when you get your desire, even before you receive it. That would make your vibrations match with your desire.

According to the theory, everything including your 5 senses is  in vibrations. Emotions are a very sophisticated sensor of vibration. In order for LA to work, emotions should be in alignment with your desire. Suspicions, anger sadness create resistance which will block the achievement though source energy.

Most of the Inspirational books  suggest that feeling of gratitude is  important to be successful in any endeavor. This includes thinking of all the people who has helped you, wishing them good will and also to spread loving kindness to everyone including the people you do not like. This create positive energy within the self.

LA is allowing you to take over your mind without allowing emotions to take over the mind.  The reason why people suffer most of the time is  because they have own internal barriers they have imposed on themselves and form patterns of negative behavior and prejudices from the time they were born. In order to get what you want you have to break the barriers and your vibrations should match with the vibrations of what you are asking. It makes no sense to worry about past or things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them. Why  worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilize.  What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds

Compatibility of Law of Attraction with Buddhism

For a Buddhist ultimate purpose of life is liberation through purification of mind. For that it is essential that we should practice detachment instead of attachment. However this could be practiced fully by renunciation of everything and becoming a monk. Ordinary people still expect pleasure. They have wants and struggle every day to find the resources to satisfy the ever increasing wants. It is a suffering indeed. But LA is a powerful tool that can be used along with the knowledge of Buddhism to reduce anxiety and have happiness in our lives.

The Dhammapada, first and second verses says that  “All that we are is the result of what we have thought,” and goes on to explain the misery that results from negative thoughts, as well as the joy that follows positive thoughts. The Dhammapada also states that a “trained mind brings health and happiness” Throughout Buddhism power of mind is emphasised. Accordingly one can achieve good Karma by having wholesome thoughts or positive thoughts all the time.

Loving Kindness meditation in Buddhism if practiced continuously with devotion would definitely bring marvelous result in changing the character positively. Loving Kindness meditation starts with wishing kindness and compassion to own self. Then you would spread the net of loving kindness to all, including people you do not like gradually. Auto suggestions in, LA could be regarded as an extension of the same concept of loving kindness on own self. In Buddhism thoughts would create Karma. (Chethanaham Bikkawe Kamman Vadami)  Karma is a form of energy.  Good Thoughts or wholesome thoughts could deliver good results and bad thoughts would deliver bad results Message of LA appears to be the same.

I listened to the tape where to Esther in a hypnotised state talking the messages relayed by a nonphysical entity called Abraham. At one instance Abraham talks of various lives he spent in physical bodies. According to him Source energy takes different forms. Sometimes as nonphysical and sometimes as physical. It is clear that he speaks of continuous cycle of rebirths mentioned in Buddhist texts…

Law of Attraction and Christianity

The ideas that make up the Law of Attraction can be found in writings of all faith based religions throughout the centuries

The New Testament Book of Matthew (7:7) states, “Ask and it will be given to you,”

Mark 11:24 asserts that whatever you desire, if you believe you have received it, “it shall be yours.” These Biblical passages convey what Rhonda Byrne calls the creative process: “ask, believe, and receive”.

Mark 9:23
“Everything is possible for him who believes.”

“Luke 17:6
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you I tsi done unto you as you believe”.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires. Some do Bodhi Puja’s for the same purpose while some worship Sai Baba or Buddha himself and ask for favors. Very often I hear success stories saying that particular wish was granted by going to a sacred place. It could be the LA that did the work. When someone go to any statue and worship and ask for a favor, it is unlikely that statue made of cement and bricks would have power to fulfil your desire. What happens is you convey the message to your inner consciousness and have faith on the statue that your desire would be fulfilled. LA delivers what you want to the extent you have faith on the statue and its powers. But people do not realize that same could be achieved with a better success rate at a lesser cost by practicing LA principals and Loving Kindness meditation effectively, by providing some time to be with your own self by staying comfortably at your own home.

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    Mahendra,

    How do you explain the LA theory for those who do not believe in any particular Religion, just simply receiving what they want? Not distressed by Religion, but living in contentment and in perfect health, while there are many who piously pray at different places of worship who neither receives, nor healthy being afflicted with various illnesses, sometimes terminally and in want all the time?

    Articles on CT on Religion seems to attract the readership with many a comment. Strangely I found ‘Assumption is the Mother of all Development by Arjuna Seneviratne below, sans any comments. I kindly request the readers to visit the article for a comment I have posted. Thanks.

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      Gamini, I did see your comment on Arjuna Seneviratne’s article, but did not voice an opinion as I felt I could not make a useful contribution. Shall re-visit today.

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    According to Buddhism, law of attraction is only one of 5 things that determine fate. They are past karma, natural phenomena such as Tsunami and the other I cannot recall at this stage.

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      Vibhushana

      Prayers and affirmations in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam contributes to Law of attraction. There is nothing called Buddhist prayers. What has Buddhism got to do with Law of attraction??? Can you please name those 5 things in Buddhism that determine the fate and where Law of attraction is mentioned as one of them? What is the term (Pali) used in Buddhism for Law of attraction?

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        Hello there,

        Albert Einstein once said I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. He could not accept the most fundamental principle of Quantum Mechanics. The world we see (the moon in this case) comes into being only when one observes. This is the realty.

        Buddhists say “the mind is the creator” they mean same thing. Essentially one has the power to create their world to a certain extent – “Citta Niyama”. Although other 5 factors contribute to the final outcome. A wholesome mind attracts wholesome outcomes. The law of attraction says being positive attracts positive things.

        View here for all 5.

        http://www.theosophical.org/online-programs/recent-webcasts/2560-the-buddhist-niyamas-five-cosmic-laws

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          Vishvam Darpanna-Drshyamaana-Nagarii-Tulyam Nija-Antargatam
          Pashyann-Aatmani Maayayaa Bahir-Ivo[a-U]dbhuutam Yathaa Nidrayaa |
          Yah Saakssaat-Kurute Prabodha-Samaye Sva-[A]atmaanam-Eva-Advayam
          Tasmai Shrii-Guru-Muurtaye Nama Idam Shrii-Dakssinnaamuurtaye

          Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror,
          When one sees the image of the world within him,
          The world appears as if it is outside.
          It is similar to his seeing due to illusion,
          During the state of sleep,
          That the one real fact appears as many different truths,
          And he realizes, when he wakes up and sees the reality,
          That he is really the one and only one soul.
          Salutation to the God facing the south,
          Who is the greatest teacher

          -Sri Dakshinamurthi Stothta

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      Law of attraction is something that is interwoven and inter-twined with the doctrine of Karma.

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    I watched “The Secret-the Movie in DVD.
    Its nothing but an illusion it is talking about.

    LA theory when we apply to Hitler’s dream of invading the entire earth and by becoming the leader and a savior of the only “Super Race” which is as destined as according to their own understanding (THE VRYL Society myth) became a big bloody blunder. He ended up killing millions of humanity, killing his own army in the pursuit and his own-self and destruction to a 1/3 of the world’s nations at the conclusion of the war and its aftermath effects in the chaos made possible for the cold wars between powerful nations.

    Where did Hitler got this strange destructive thinking from…….Its from Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. He kept the book wrote by Blavatsky be his bedside always. The Book was the “Secret Doctrine”.

    Blavatsky became a Buddhist and she established the Theosophical Society along with Henry Steele Olcott to spread the racist doctrines espoused in the book and promoting it in the Buddhist world.

    Hitler’s right hand Himmler send an expedition team to study the Buddhist mythological ideas about a Super Race. That is the contribution lent by the present day Buddhism in annihilation of innocent human beings.

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    Thought provoking good article.

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      John

      “In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires. Some do Bodhi Puja’s for the same purpose while some worship Sai Baba or Buddha himself and ask for favors.”

      When Shamani quoted the above, you were behaving like a bull in the China shop, now you find it Thought provoking???

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        Prasad,
        You have still not understood ne. i guess comprehension is a bit difficult for you.

        Those practices of buddhists which do not agree with Buddhist phylosophy are not the result of mahavamsa. That is the idea. Saying buddhists doing unbuddhist things is a result of Mahavamsa is lack of understanding and ignorace. Like any worshipper of any religion devotees can go to any place of worship.

        Actually it is because of the lack of laws, secular nature and lack of a rigid system that allows buddhists to visit places of other faiths. In other countries that would be looked at as secular and very pluralistic.

        Actually this behavior proves exactly what Sharmini wanted to say.

        And even if Buddhists dont abide by what Buddha said, whose business is it to comment upon it? Everyone has the right to engage in any religious custom as anyone wants.

        I know you still didnt get it, read it slowly.

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        Prasad,

        What Sharmini wrote was nonsense, bloody shit, just to attack Sinhala people & Lanka, with no any attraction to man’s intelligence

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    I am sure that Bodu Bala sena are practicing LOA along with Ma Ras.

    Love makes bitter things sweet.
    Love turns copper to gold.

    With love dregs settle into clarity.
    With love suffering ceases.

    Love brings the dead back to life.
    Love transforms the King into a slave.

    Love is the consummation of Gnosis.
    How could a fool sit on such a throne?

    The opposite will the negative way. It may be difficult to comprehend but think.

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    I think modern day Monks expect pleasure more than the ordinary people and as such the following paragraph becomes irrelevant
    “For a Buddhist ultimate purpose of life is liberation through purification of mind. For that it is essential that we should practice detachment instead of attachment. However this could be practiced fully by renunciation of everything and becoming a monk. Ordinary people still expect pleasure”

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    Dear Mahendra de Silva,

    You need to read up on the alternate views by many who use reason, such as Richard Dawkins and Chris Hutchins. The God Delusion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Delusion

    In The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion, which he defines as a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence. He is sympathetic to Robert Pirsig’s statement in Lila that “when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion”.[4]

    Also Chris Hutchins God is not great, gives alternate views.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_is_not_Great

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is a 2007 book by the author and journalist Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) in which he criticises religion. It was published by Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom as God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion. In the book, Hitchens contends that organised religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children” and sectarian, and that accordingly it “ought to have a great deal on its conscience.” Hitchens supports his position with a mixture of personal stories, documented historical anecdotes and critical analysis of religious texts. His commentary focuses mainly on the Abrahamic religions, although it also touches on other religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

    Amarasiri

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    Buddhism path to Nirvana is suffering.Which is compensated by buddhist by taking buddah as god. therefore statutes.Hindu culture.Allah has allocated people rizk (sustanance) before any human is born on earth.
    some people might be very wealthy outside but will have health problems.
    Poor though in wealth family will be happy etc.. all this happiness/wealth/health/family/children/good wife/husband all are rizk
    the best wealth is the acceptance of Allah that no religion than Islam can bring.Read about Islam. I see most buddhist are ignorant on islam though they no a little bit of christianity.May be because SL was a British colony. Islam will answer all your questions and you will be saved from punishment of hell. Interlect is where curiosity should over come predijuce.

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    I have not seen Rhonda Byrne’s DVD on ‘The Secret’ but I have seen a version by Bob Proctor, John Assaraf and others.I have been reading on the subject for years and must admit that when practised diligently, it does work. All one needs is to try it. When one desires, for example to possess a house, the visualization and the affirmation of this desire committed to writing, causes the thought to be etched in the mind,enabling a constant awareness of this objective. So what happens is that you make it happen by taking the initiative to check for houses advertised, bank loan schemes etc. This takes you on a roller coaster until you get your house. What it does is break your inertia and give you momentum. How often do you hear people say ‘I should have bought that 10 years ago’ or ‘his great grandfather was far thinking and invested in real estate which is now benefiting the family…’ All they did was break out of the inertia and shift to active mode. You do not have to belong to a religion. As Nike says “Just do it”.

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    Mahendra de Silva says
    “In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires. Some do Bodhi Puja’s for the same purpose while some worship Sai Baba or Buddha himself and ask for favors.”
    This is called hedging the bets by gamblers.Asking for boons from gods is a gamble too,except in the case of gamblers on the horse track,there are at least some real horses but in the case of worshippers to the many gods,there are no horses!

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    What does science tell about the Law of Attraction? It tells that LoA doesn’t work. Do you need a proof by scientific evidence? Read this:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-van-edwards/law-of-attraction_b_2082921.html
    http://www.heatherkappes.com/?page_id=68
    http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

    Just let scientists make their own work. For the sake of the truth, for the evolution of our species and our culture,please, don’t mix science with mystical woo.
    People, I will always save my emotions. i’ll never force myself to think positive. I don’t need it. I’ve always earnt from my mistakes and sometimes even sufference was a useful tool for improving my life. I’ll never kick off someone because of negative thinking. I won’t fear to be contaminated by negative thinking, but I’ll listen people and I’ll try to offer my help. I don’t program my brain, I just use my heart, in a natural manner. How dare can you struggle for discovering the right way to use LoA, while so many people are starving? Don’t be selfish. If you think that LoA is useful, then try to use it for knowing yourself instead of wishing a new car. My life is wonderful, my wishes are normal. Friends, I don’t need LoA at all.

    Jerry Hicks passed away because of cancer. Although he believed in LoA he used the mainstream medicine for trying to heal. Why? Perhaps because several people used LoA and died faster then the ones who used the mainstream medicine (eg. Kim Tinkham)? Just type on Google “law of attraction” & “cancer death” and you’ll find out so many sad tales. Do you still think that using LoA is a good and rensponsible advise? When it is useful? When it isn’t? Do you feel rensponsible when you suggest people to use LoA? Are you really offering a good service to humanity?

    And what about quantum observer effect?

    http://www.danko-nikolic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Yu-and-Nikolic-Qm-and-consciousness-Annalen-Physik.pdf

    Best regards

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    What does science tell about the Law of Attraction? It tells that LoA doesn’t work. Do you need a proof by scientific evidence? Read this:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-van-edwards/law-of-attraction_b_2082921.html
    http://www.heatherkappes.com/?page_id=68
    http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

    Just let scientists make their own work. For the sake of the truth, for the evolution of both our specie and our culture,please, don’t mix science with mystical woo.

    Instead, I will always save my emotions. i’ll never force myself to think positive. I don’t need it. I’ve always earnt from my mistakes and sometimes even sufference was a useful tool for improving my life. I’ll never set someone aside because of negative thinking. I won’t fear to be contaminated by negative thinking, but I’ll listen people and I’ll try to offer my help. I don’t program my brain like a robot, but I just use my heart, in a natural manner. How dare can we struggle for discovering the right way to use LoA, while so many people are starving? Don’t be selfish. If we think that LoA is useful, then let’s try to use it for understanding ourselves instead of wishing a new car. My life is wonderful, my wishes are normal. Friends, I don’t need LoA at all.

    Jerry Hicks passed away because of cancer. Although he believed in LoA he used the mainstream medicine for trying to heal. Why? Perhaps because several people used LoA and died faster then the ones who used the mainstream medicine (eg. Kim Tinkham). Do we still think that using LoA is a good and rensponsible advise? When it is useful? When it isn’t? Do we feel rensponsible when we advise people to use LoA? Are we really offering a good service to humanity?

    If LoA was real, then presidents of the many countries would have used it to rocket bombs one against another. Humanity would not be ready to use LoA. Instead, I believe that LoA is a snake oil sold for the shallow desires of the lazy middle class.

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    No one really knows how it works, however it DOES work.
    Newton’s universal law of gravitation states that every object in the Universe attracts
    another object with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the distance between the objects.
    Few people will admit to doing so but most everyone
    has made money a huge priority in their life. The law of attraction changes what’s inside of you.
    For instance, if you want that better-paying job, don’t just wish for it; act on it.

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