What Is Karma, Really?

Although karma is a word that is mostly associated with Hindi and Buddhist beliefs, religion is not an obstacle to hinder one from believing in karma. Languages and semantics may cause the laws of karma, from one religion to another, to appear differently; but the bottom line is the same:

The laws of karma are also the laws of cause and effect.

Karma can be found in the very heart of Christian teachings: “Do not do unto others what you do not wish them to do unto you”. Karma has even touched the world of science. “For every action, there is always an equal reaction”. A modern proverb succinctly explains karma by simply saying, “What goes around comes around”. Karma obviously has the power to encompass all aspects of life and even the Universe; it is because of this that the laws of Karma are also known as the Laws of all Laws.

Karma is a living law. It has the power to do good and bad and it has the ability to grow. It is crucial for people to understand, value, and adhere to the laws of karma if they wish to enjoy a more peaceful and prosperous life.

There is nothing complex about the laws of karma. At the risk of being redundant, karma is simply finding the relationship between causes and effects, actions and reactions, and taking responsibility for not only our actions and words, but our thoughts as well. The following paragraphs will briefly but concisely explain the simple laws of karma and the best way to practice them in life.

Actions produce parallel results.

Simply put, if you do something good, expect a positive result to happen because of it. Consequently, any negative action shall always harvest negative results. Remember, then, that positive actions will always lead to happiness and harmony while negative actions will lead to nowhere but misery and pain.

Once an action has been completed, the result is never lost.

Even the result of the smallest of actions is never lost in the order of life. Once you’ve done something or once an action has been completed, there is no going back. Furthermore, every action you make has a corresponding result which will come back to haunt (or bless) you in its own good time.

The nice thing about karma, however, is that it somehow allows individuals a second chance. Let’s say you did something bad today. If you feel regret for what you’ve done and you did your best to atone for it, the power of karma may just be prevented from delivering justice. At the same time, remember that any positive result from karma can also be prevented from actualizing if you do something to harm yourself or others.

Things happen for a reason.

While the first law discussed in this article warns us about our future actions, this law reminds us about the present and forthcoming karma resulting from our past actions.

Hence, if something bad happens now, you can rest assured that it is a consequence of something you did in the past. Similarly, any blessing that you receive today is a result of a positive action completed in the past.

Karma grows.

The ability of karma to expand or grow is one of its manifestations as a living law. Sometimes, it takes karma only a second to produce a result. In other instances, years pass by for karma to take full effect; and by then, one simple act of theft in your childhood can easily cause you to lose millions’ worth of possession in the future.

Among other things, this law also reminds us the futility of trying to predict when we’re going to be hit by karma.

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