People use the term “Karma” a lot. I have noticed that while it is usually not the topic of the conversation, the actual word Karma can be dropped into a sentence, usually to substantiate a passive stance.
I use “Karma” to justify an outcome as “what goes around comes around”. But is this really the true definition?
What exactly is Karma?
According to several sources that I referenced, Karma is a Sanskrit word that means “action.” Karma is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says every thought, word and act carries energy into the world and affects our present reality. So, in a way, it does mean what goes around- comes around- right?
The philosophical explanation of karma can differ slightly between traditions, but the general concept is basically the same. Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences. This makes one responsible for one’s own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others. The results or ‘fruits’ of actions are called karma-phala.
Other details include;
- In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one’s present life and all past and future lives as well.
- An examination of karma offers clues about our intended life purpose, showing us the psychic imprint of past lives and mapping the way out of behaviors and thoughts that are no longer useful to us.
- Every time we think or do something, we create a cause, which in time will bear its corresponding effects.
- The cyclical cause and effect generates the concepts of (or the world) and birth and reincarnation.
The idea of Karma is a good one.
It teaches people to be kind to one another and to be good to everything around us. If we are not kind and good, it will come back to us in this life or a future life. I have learned that kindness and generosity helps me have a clearer mind because it lessens negativity. It is sort of like being at peace.
Does the theory of what goes around-comes around hold for everyone who has ever lived on this planet?
- Is the soul of Hitler living in pain right now?
- Are the rapists and torturers who have plagued this planet, like in Rwanda for example, going to pay for their acts?
- Are the lenders who are getting bailed out by the U.S. government going to feel the pain of their misgivings?
I doubt if many of these people even know or care about Karma. If they did, the world would certainly be a better place.