Do You Believe in Karma? Why or Why Not?
Do You Believe in Karma? Why or Why Not?
~Following My Own Flow~
Karma simply means action. Actions that have reactions. Every action has a consequence.
If you often tend to do bad things to others, then you will attract the same negativity towards yourself; same goes for if you do good deeds.
Even though our superficial ego dies once we die, our subtle mind, or the soul, continues onward. Every action you take in this life makes a subtle imprint on the soul. Upon death, your soul will unconsciously move to the next life, and the karma you have attained (whether good or bad) will ripen at that time and determine the nature of your next birth.
Good things happen when you do bad things, and bad things happen when you do good things.
Why would I believe in something so ridiculous?
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
the furthest i get into the karma thing is Newtons 3rd
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
No, I don't believe in it. I believe that your actions (positive or negative) have consequences, but I don't believe in some mystical force that tries to keep the universe in balance.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
When I look at the world and consider the bad things that happen to good people and good things that happen to bad people, I find it impossible to believe in a concept such as Karma. In fact, its pretty depressing since it is hard for me to believe that even basic justice exists in this world.
Karma keeps account of the good and bad that you have done. A bad person may have "good" things happen, but the accounts will always be true. Likewise, a good person will have bad things happen to him.
To more fully understand, you have to include the concept of reincarnation. With reincarnation, a good person in this life may have been a bad person in a previous life, thus bad things will happen to them. Also, a bad thing can be a good thing, teaching humility for example, which is much more valuable than wealth.
So with the accounts of good and bad from karma, combined with the try again approach of reincarnation, we humans must relive our lives until the accounts are balanced. This takes many, many lives to accomplish. Once you do accomplish this, you can become enlightened.
"you shall reap what you sow"
There are other times when the concept is used really badly like in people suggesting that people with handicap are born like that because of previous bad karma, when if rebirth were indeed true they may just as easily have chosen this to benefit from the experience or to give someone else the ability to learn from interacting with them.
Likewise if someone is accepting and learning from all their experiences, why would karma necessarily come into it at all. It is just accepting and learning.
Generally speaking though I do believe we give to others what we give to ourselves. So if we do not respect ourselves we will not respect others that then will come back onto us making us more unhappy.
On the level of Nations there is often an easier way to see cause and effect at work. That often takes quite a long time to come to fruition though. I think it gets a bit interesting if we think in terms of us all being One.
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George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."
Actually, karma could be a very good explanation for why sometimes, good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people.
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"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung