derek said:meditation can release your pursua (spirit) and free you from the karmic cycle; this was the initial purpose of yoga. reality is an illusion (maya).
karma just is, and the effects of karma can be realized in seperate lifetimes. the is to break free from the karmic cycle and join brahman in the atoneness.
or so i read somewhere. there many variation of karma. this one is the most ancient that i'm aware of. it possibly predates the vedas and may have indo-european roots.
you might be interested in reading nietzche's, "beyond good and evil", or if the karma thing is your thing try mircea eliade's "yoga: immortality and freedom".
i find being ignostic so much easier
yeah, karma is generated from all thought, spoken word and action, good or bad,that isnt divine. in order to think/speak/act divinely one has to bring the Self out into our consciousness (via meditation); once the Self has been introduced and is maintained in our mind, all of our actions are divine and cease to generate karma.
The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves and to deal with all of our past karma by working out our issues and contacting the Being that resides within us all. Once we have transcended all of our karma, and once the wheels of samsara slow to a stop, we can finally break away from the world of duality and become one with the Being. Karma experienced in this life may have been generated in a past life, a life a thousand years ago, or countless eons ago. The true Reality is above and beyond the limitations of space and time and so these dimensions are inconsequential.
I think a better title for this thread would be "The meaning of life is No Karma"
some good books to check out that deal with karma:
the science of being and the art of living - maharishi mahesh yogi
the bhagavad gita