Karma is a universal law, a law also known as “the law of cause and effect".
According to this law, each cause corresponds to an effect, and each action generates a result.
Positive thoughts, words, and actions create positive effects and lead to happiness.
Conversely, negative thoughts, words, and actions create negative effects and lead to unhappiness.
So, Karma can be positive or negative.
“Karma is the universal law of cause and effect. You reap what you sow. You get what you earn. You are what you eat. If you give love, you get love. Revenge returns itself upon the avenger”. - Mary Browne
KARMA & INTERDEPENDENCE
According to ancient spiritual traditions such as Hinduism or Buddhism, Karma influences and - ultimately - determines the life of human beings.
Karma is therefore closely related to the term "interdependence".
Nothing exists independently, everything that exists relates to everything else.
Each action we take, decision we make, and word we say does not end in itself.
What we do has the same effect as a stone thrown into the water, it creates circles propagating in all directions.
In other words, it is like an echo that spreads through the valley and has a domino effect.
What do I mean?
Let’s say that I say something to someone.
What I say to this person will influence a subsequent action on the part of that person and this action, in turn, will influence multiple other actions.
This is interdependence!
“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future”. - From The Movie Cloud Atlas
Remember: any action we take, even the most trivial, will have results and consequences, not only on us, but on our fellow human beings too.
We are the result of all the choices we have made, the actions we have taken, the words we have said, always interacting with the world around us.
WHY KARMA IS USEFUL
If we believe there is a link between cause and effect underlying everything, we must agree that the present is a result of the past.
If we recognize the causes that made us what we are now, we have the opportunity to make more conscious choices for a better future.
As we have been given freedom of choice, we can shape our lives the way we want.
Hence, if you don’t like who you are, then, change your karma; change your choices and actions.
If you want to start peaking new fruits you have to start planting new seeds.
Right now you are planting the seeds of what will be.
Therefore, your future is not a product of destiny.
It does not depend on an external, supernatural force, but on the choices you make and the actions you take day in day out.
“Life was not designed to give us what we need, life was designed to give us what we deserve”. - Jim Rohn
WHY MOST PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE IN KARMA AND WHY THEY SHOULD
It is not really easy to believe in Karma, i.e. that we are responsible for our lives.
It is something that sounds strange to us, as we are used to invoking external aid or blaming external circumstances.
But believing in Karma is very important because it teaches us we can be the makers of our lives.
“Karma means you are the maker of your life”. - Sadhguru
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In doing so you will inspire others and furthermore give them the opportunity to start making small changes that in time can result in extraordinary outcomes.
“Small changes can produce big results – but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious”. - Peter Senge
Before you go, make a note; in my next post, I will discuss Karma in further detail illustrating its 12 laws.
So, you’ll find out how the 12 LAWS OF KARMA can become your roadmap to your best self.
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