All activity is useful even it its usefulness is only to
distract us from
uncomfortable feelings and realizations.
In Sisyphus’ situation his activity was a method of punishment. It served the purpose of satisfying his
enemies and his energies would be used to perpetuate his own torment, not
Activity that we engage in from a state of emptiness
does not create Karma.
Activities that are mindless ie
reactions (desire and aversion) patterns or habits imbed us more deeply into
karma. The more imbedded
the more like Sisyphus we become.
The cycle of birth and death continues in a kind of endless rut. We do the same things over and over and
achieve the same results. This is
the futility of karma. On the
other hand, each time we are presented with a situation we are free to change
our reaction or the way we think about it. It’s like reading a sentence over and over and then finally
getting it. Unfortunately for
Sisyphus he did not have the choice to change once he was in Hades.