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Carpe Diem

Seize the Day

Wasted Opportunities in this Life

Limitations Next Time Round.

Posted 29/12/06

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This is an extract from Annie Besant’s article “Karma” in which she firstly points out the Karmic benefits of making the most of the opportunities that this life presents. This is followed by a warning that whatever opportunities you have, if you don’t use them, they will disappear in your next incarnation.


“Service rendered to the full measure of opportunity in one life will produce, as effect, enlarged opportun­ities of service in another; thus one who in a very limited sphere helped each who came in the way, would in a future life be born into a position where openings for giving effective help were many and far-reaching.


Again, wasted opportunities reappear transmuted as limitations of the instrument, and as misfortunes in the environment. For instance, the brain of the etheric double will be built defectively, thus bringing about a defective physical brain; the ego will plan, but will find itself lacking in executive ability, or will grasp an idea, but be unable to impress it distinctly on the brain. The wasted opportunities are transformed into frustrated longings, into desires which fail to find expression, into yearnings to help, blocked by the

absence of power to render it, whether from defective capacity or from lack of occasion.”




This is only a brief extract from “Karma” by Annie Besant, which is an extensive and comprehensive document on the subject.

Karma by Annie Besant (Complete text)


Just for the record;


Carpe Diem (Seize the day) comes from Horace’s Odes. The full quotation is Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, which roughly translated means, Seize the day, trust little in tomorrow.


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