What Is Karma - How Does It Affect Us?
Karma is a religious belief that has been around for millennia in
similar forms. It can sometimes be seen as a complicated
process, but the simplicity of karma lies in its concept that "what we
put out there is what we get back", or "we reap what we so".
Is karma unkind or unjust? Does it affect everyone? It is not really
that karma is a bad
thing, unless of course we do misdeeds that we may have course to
regret. The main concept of karma is a very old one indeed, expelled in
such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism,
Sikhism, Jainism and Taoism to name a few. Recently it made a
resurgence through Theosophy and New Age thinking. Karma is definitely
not everyone's cup of tea however, and many people baulk at the idea
that it is some form of punishment.
The teaching of karma can get a bad
reputation for this reason, but when we look at the original teachings
and their intent, we can see karma as an impersonal concept of Balance,
that of balancing energy that we, as creators, put out into the
universe. The eastern religions are very strong on balance, whether it
is regarding health, the mind, the emotions and in all things.
What is Karma?
Karma can be described as the sum total of all of our thoughts and
deeds over time that require balance either in the present or a future
time. Once karma is created, it continues to exist until it has
achieved balance. We are rewarded when the "effect" of our good deeds
return to us, and likewise we receive challenging experiences as the
result of so-called bad karma returning. Negative karma is only
when we harm other living things like other people, animals or even the
planet's living ecosystem. Rather than this being a harsh law to
swallow, being also called the Law Of Cause and Effect, this law is as
a kindness because it helps us to perfect our own behaviour. There
seems to be one sure way that the Universe has to teach us to be kinder
and more thoughtful, and this way is Karma.
Karma Myth #1
There is a belief that every time something unwanted occurs in our life
must be karma. Untrue. "Not all bad
events are karma"
, in fact many of the negative things that
happen to us in life are not
at all. Consider that a robber breaks into our house and takes
expensive items. Chances are this has nothing to do with karma - unless
we yourself are a robber or have scammed someone financially. Chances
are very high that such an event is the result of a desperate person
who is creating their own karma, not repaying ours.
Some measure of
good karma can protect us from such events happening, but it is by no
means a failsafe. Sometimes a negative situation arises for another
purpose which, after a measure of time, in fact helps us. Perhaps we
receive an insurance payout for the missing items and end up replacing
them with much newer possessions. We may never know why an event
occurred, be it positive or negative, but only some events are karmic,
and not all of them.
Good Karma Is The Payoff
There is a very good side to karma that we may like to consider - the
apparently Good karma, when great things happen to us. When
something fantastic occurs, it is much more likely to be good karma
returning from our past hard work helping others, be it raising
children, a kind act, or community work of some kind. Given time, we do
for all the hard work we do. The key concept here is "given time".
Karma is actually very patient and so to receive it, we must sometimes
be very patient also.
Is Karma Real?
Whether karma is real or not is ultimately something each person has to
divine for themself. By watching closely the results of certain
actions we can often get a feel for karma, if not an actual glimpse,
though we can never be sure. Sometimes it seems as though some people
get away with outrageous behaviour that hurts others again and again
whether emotionally, physically or financially. But keep watching
consequences can catch up eventually to balance an unjust situation.
Karma is closely linked with Reincarnation and Rebirth, in fact much
karma is said to befall us in future life times after being
At the end of the day, no one can convince another of the
reality of karma, the theory must be tested over and over again until
we can be sure and have faith in its existence. I would
personally never try to convince a disbeliever since at the end of the
day, there is no proof or certainty other than what we feel inside on
Karma is a large topic to cover and I am planning a new website
about karma; a link to that site will be coming soon. Feel free to
check out The
Book Of Karma: And Other Spiritual Lore
May your karma be good!
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