Whether it’s Biblical “As you sow, so shall you reap” or Sir. Issac Newton’s Third Law of Motion (Scientific) “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” or even the Western saying “What goes around, comes around”…all these points to one thing: Karma.
Almost everyone has heard of Karma.
Yet, people easily misunderstands and often falsely pertains Karma as “Luck” or “Destiny” or “Fate”.
Even worse, Karma is misunderstood as a way to describe sudden misfortune.
For instance when someone is going through a tough time or suddenly bad things happened to that person. Then people will just say “That’s his/ her Karma”.
Karma is even misunderstood as some kind of hitting the jackpot (out of the blue) for doing something good in Life.
All these sounds like as if … there is some kind of justice system somewhere in the universe that dishes out punishments or rewards based on each individual.
But, that’s not what Karma is all about.
What is Karma?
Simple: Karma in Sanskrit means “Action”. Yes, it is as simple as that.
Action is defined by the deeds (physical or mental), words and thoughts done by me or you or even by a group. With each action has its consequence (good or bad).
As such, Karma is based on the actions and thoughts of an individual in every single moment of one’s Life.
Karma is explained by Barbara O’Brien in a simple way as:
“Karma is an action, not a result. The future is not set in stone. You can change the course of your Life right now by changing your volitional (intentional) acts and self-destructive patterns.”
Furthermore, the same blog further rightly states that:
“Karma is not the only force that causes things to happen in the world. If a terrible flood wipes out a community, don’t assume karma somehow brought about a flood or that the people in the community deserved to be punished for something. Unfortunate events can happen to anybody, even the most righteous.”
Therefore; Karma is all about what a person has done, is doing and will do.
As such, Karma is never some kind of justice system for: punishment or reward.
Instead Karma is like a teacher that makes the person takes accountability for his/ her own Life and how that person treats others.
Karma is the law of the spiritual world, the same way as gravity is the law of the physical world.
The 12 Laws of Karma
- The Great Law
“As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.
Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship, then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.
- The Law of Creation
“Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.”
We are one with the Universe, both inside and out. Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state. BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.
- The Law of Humility
“What you refuse to accept will continue for you.”
If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.
- The Law of Growth
“Wherever you go, there you are”.
For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us. The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over. When we change who and what we are within our heart our Life follows suit and changes too.
- The Law of Responsibility
“Whenever there is something wrong in my Life, there is something wrong in me.”
We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth. We must take responsibility what is in our Life.
- The Law of Connection
“Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.”
Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on. Someone must do the initial work to get a job done. Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance, as they were both needed to accomplish the task. Past-Present-Future they are all connected.
- The Law of Focus
“You cannot think of two things at the same time.”
When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.
- The Law of Giving and Hospitality
“If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your Life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.”
Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual PRACTICE.
- The Law of Here and Now
“Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.” Old thoughts, old patterns of behaviour, old dreams…Prevent us from having new ones.
- The Law of Change
“History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.”
- The Law of Patience and Reward
“All Rewards require initial toil.”
Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil. True joy follows doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.
- The Law of Significance and Inspiration
“You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.”
The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it. Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole. Lacklustre contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it. Loving contributions bring Life to, and inspire, the Whole.
Verdict: Karma is a way of Life that encourages positive thinking and actions.
We are held accountable for our actions or to be more specific, we are held accountable for the intention of our actions. So, Karma as a teacher is present for the sake of educating us to be the better versions of ourselves.
Being a firm believer of God (but not entirely related to the teachings from the Abrahamic Religions) and Karma, the few things I can share from my Life experiences:
- The 12 Laws of Karma is not for one to learn by heart but instead to understand and know how to apply these laws in one’s Life.
- The summary of the 12 Laws: Just do good things in Life (be kind, helpful, generous, honest, humble, caring and loving) and (at some point of one’s Life whether now, today or tomorrow or whenever) good things will reflect back to you the same way (kindness, help, charity, honest, empathy, caring and loving).
- Our very thoughts govern the way we live. So inculcate with positive thinking and our actions will reflect accordingly.
- For any reasons, avoid hurting anyone (especially a good person) as crap things will surely happen at some point in one’s Life! And if one did hurt a person and feels remorseful, just be sincere and apologize to the person who got hurt. Life of anyone belongs to no one but to that person and God (if a person chooses to believe in God).
- Never overcome good by doing evil but overcome evil by doing good. So, never misuse goodness for the sake of doing bad things. For example: Giving money for charity should not end up hurting or taking a Life of another. Despite Charity is being considered a good thing but the intention/ motive behind is hurting will result in Bad Karma!
- No one is perfect. We all are bound to make mistakes at some point in our Life. But what’s important is that we learn from our mistakes without being hard on ourselves. Life is an never ending lesion of humility. Karma is always there to teach us, so that we all be the better versions of ourselves.
- The greatest happiness is sharing our happiness to those who are unfortunate not to enjoy happiness.
- When bad moments do come in one’s Life unexpectedly (despite living a Life of good person), just never give up and see that as a moment of temporary difficulty (like sailing through a rough stormy sea). So stay strong and resolute as ever. Nothing lasts forever. So does the bad moments. Every bad moment brings forth good moment but only with positive frame of mind.
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