In Heavenletter™ #1792, God plainly said there is no karma. This was quite a shock to a lot of us, and it was also freeing in that now we are freed from the long past. From the beginning, God has been saying to be done with the past and all the blame of it, reminding us that we start anew each day.
I understand that we are responsible for and accountable to the actions we make today, not last year, not past lives!
All this is by way of introduction to a true account of my pots and pans!
I have always bought high quality pots and pans from the Good Will, Salvation Army, Bargain Box, and My Lucky Day. These are heavy orange or yellow-enamel-coated cast-iron pans, made in Belgium, France, or Scandinavia -- you know the kind I mean? These pots last forever.
The insides of these used pots I've bought are slightly darkened and mottled because an absent-minded cook had let the food burn. Otherwise, no one would donate them. (Well, of course, unless they're moving to Argentina!)
The slight staining of the pot doesn’t interfere with the cooking at all. These are the finest pots you can get anywhere. But, still, I am aware I’m using someone else’s used pot that he or she carelessly overcooked something in.
After much thought, one day I splurged and treated myself to a beautiful new pot – Dansk. Not as heavy as the old Descoware and Le Creuset®, but how wonderful to have a brand-new pot. This one was pure white on the inside, the outside chartreuse. And you know how I love color!
Can you guess what happened soon after? You’re right. It didn’t take me long to burn something in this beautiful new pot. I think it was rice. Now the bottom inside is no more pristine than all my other pots!
I wonder if irony isn’t a constituent of what we used to call karma.
Of course, there’s great logic here in my story:
1. If you burn rice in a pan, no matter how clean you get the pot, it will still show that you burnt something in it.
2. A new pot today is already an old one tomorrow.
Now, I can also speak from experience:
The uncoated black cast iron pans, which I also love, don't stain no matter how many times you burn something in them. With uncoated black cast iron pans, there is not even the slightest semblance of karma!
Below you see three more pots. If you scroll to the very end, you will see the inside of my precious new pot before and after!