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What is Karma?

“It’s like the first law of thermodynamic energy by sir Isaac Newton, energy is neither lost nor destroyed it is merely transferred from one party to the next.”

This quote relates to karma, karma meaning- a distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling. Fundamental consciousness can be compared to a ground that receives imprints or seeds left by our actions. Once planted, these seeds remain in the ground of fundamental consciousness until the conditions for their germination and ripening have come together . . . The linking of the different steps of this process, from the causes, the initial acts, up to their consequences, present and future experiences or causation of actions.

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In the sense that good or positive energy emitted by one individual will transfer that energy among another being until such a time even if that energy has morphed into different forms it will eventually return to the person that created it. This is also true to its opposite. (use examples such as if you were to cheat on a significant other hurting them while you are unharmed, in other words, something is done that is negative towards someone, that energy is then brought back to you in a negative way also, kind of like paying you back for the wrong you have done) Just like the saying “what goes around comes around”.

Buddhist strongly believe in karma their definition is- the law of karma, says only this: `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according to as its cause was skilful or unskillful.’ A skilful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions; an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things. Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them. A criminal, for example, incurs more than legal punishment or terror of discovery; the results of his crime affect his personality either by coarsening it or by afflicting him with remorse; that coarsening or affliction will, in turn, produce results; and those results, yet others. Thus, whether or not legal punishment follows, the consequences of wrongdoing are severe.

A Buddhist, knowing that his severest judge and executioner are himself and that sentence by this judge is mandatory, understands that virtue and evil never cancel out each other, that he will harvest and consume the fruits of each. On the other hand, in the Buddhist view, evil is not sin but ignorance. Hence the remedy is wisdom which tends to diminish ego and to a weakening of karmic force. (in other words, you will feel the punishment yourself being your own judge of your actions, basically having a healthy conscience)

Buddhist’s views on unconstructive acts are

  • Negative acts of the body: such as killing, stealing, sexual misconduct
  • Negative acts of speech: lying, divisive speech, harsh speech, idle chatter
  • Negative acts of mind: ill will (wishing harm to another), or wrong view

The positive acts are the opposite of each of these types of negative acts; for example, protecting life rather than killing, and so on.

In the Hinduism Newspaper Today, an article was written on June 19, 1994, says this “To them, them being ancient Hindus, Karma — from the root kri, means “to do” — was a power by which they could influence the Gods, nature, weather, harvests and enemies through right intent and rites righteously performed. Thus by their actions, they could determine their destiny. Through the ages, other realized souls explained the workings of karma, revealing details of this cosmic law and, when the tradition of writing came into vogue, recording it for future generations. In this way, they established karma as perhaps the fundamental principle of Hindu consciousness and culture then and now.”

One eastern teacher’s definition of karma(if you took the world religion’s class you’d remember these teachings in the religion Hinduism.) – This vast universe is a wheel. Upon it are all creatures that are subject to birth, death, and rebirth. Round and round it turns and never stops. It is the wheel of Brahman. As long as the individual self thinks it is separate from Brahman, it revolves upon the wheel in bondage to the laws of birth, death, and rebirth. But when through the grace of Brahma it realizes its identity with him, it revolves upon the wheel no longer. It achieves immortality. According to the doctrine of karma, for every morally determinate thought, word, or action, there will be corresponding karmic compensation, if not in this life, then in some future life. As a man sows, so shall he reap…

Individualized souls transmigrate from one body to another after death in their passage of evolution from vegetative kingdom to animal kingdom and finally to the human plane, with humankind as being the perfect body. Vegetable, animal and human bodies serve the souls as vehicles in their upward journey. But, human being the highest evolved form, is the best instrument for God-realization… so you basically are living life anew with transferring your soul from one form to the next living through experiences which you learn from to gain your human body it reaches immortality.

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