Karma.....The Ultimate Power of the Universe

A Powerful Reality
A Powerful Reality

"What goes around, Comes around...."

"Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering will result." Sakyong Mipham

The most authentic and powerful of my spiritual and philosophical beliefs, has always been and shall remain, the Universal Force of "Karma." I believe in the pure existence of Karma. I trust implicitly, in it's truth and fidelity, as I do no human.

Deepak Chopra, world-renowned author, lecturer and a leader in the field of mind-body human potential, offers us understanding of Karma. In his vast wisdom, he presents "Karma," as the third law of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, within the pages of his book by the same name. He tells us, "Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us, in like kind.....what we sow is what we reap."

Deepak's book, "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success," is one of the most clear instructional pieces of work you will find available. Mr. Chopra has an ideal style all his own when describing the intricacies of our Universe and it's forces,which as he explains permeate in our midst continuously without interruption. You will find his wisdom to be all-encompassing from the very origins of Indian culture and it's mystical spiritual beliefs to enhancing one's life today. He takes great care to instruct his readers, step by step in the implementation of the laws. Once you have read this fascinating book, you will want to reference it time and time again for Deepak's sage advice.

Karma, the Law of Cause and Effect

"Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom..........Our thoughts, our words and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves." Swami Vivekananda

There is nothing unfamiliar about the Law of Karma. Everyone has heard the expression. We are all free to accept or reject this law. Again, I embrace Karma with my all, at all times. I have simply never seen it fail. Not once. Karma feeds my inner peace, for I know, no matter what, all actions are returned, often ten-fold. Whether it is evil or it is goodness. The return of goodness is easily welcomed with gratitude & grace. It is the evil, man must fear. The Law of Karma says that no debt in the Universe goes upaid.

Do you have an unpaid debt for having hurt someone by offending or insulting them? Human beings can hide behind a cloud of lies and run from what they know to be right, but there is no hiding from Karma. Have you asked yourself if the conscious choices that you made to lash out and hurt someone will bring fulfillment and happiness? Only a fool would believe this. The debt will be your own unhappiness and feelings of shame. Perhaps you'll suffer far more inner pain than that which you had caused. Down every road, there will always be someone more evil to inflict more discomfort..... or someone more loving to bring you comfort. In our hearts, we all know what we're deserving of........just look to the law of Karma. 

"Karma," catches up with O.J.  Oops!
"Karma," catches up with O.J. Oops!

A Stunning example of Karma. Surely we remember O.J. Simpson?

Oh dear, me oh my, poor O.J. No more golfing, girlfriends, autographs, no more freedom. Look at what you've gone and done. Or did you continue to believe you were untouchable, above reproach? Yes, I'm sure that was it. If you can pay your way out and manipulate the system, fool a panel of 12 peers.....anything else could be done without a hitch. Wrong. Karma held your debt in a safe place and came to reap it's due. For Karma, it's never a matter of "if", but merely a matter of "when." Gottcha!!

This was a much more public and infamous retribution for Karma, but it's aura is constant and ever vigililant in the lives of each and every one of us. Never doubt this for a moment. Be ever mindful, as you make the choices in your life each day. Be fully conscious in the present, of your interactions with your fellow-man. Give the love, respect and honesty that you expect to receive. Keep your anger and intolerance in check. One hateful act of vengeance is exactly what your enemy wants. When in fact, the best revenge is to rise above, move forward and trust fully, in the Law of Karma. You owe those who would hurt you, nothing. You owe yourself and the Universe, a generous heart and a rational mind. This is the best way to understand and maximize karmic law.

The Dalhi Lama
The Dalhi Lama
Inner Peace through Yoga Meditation
Inner Peace through Yoga Meditation

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher......The Dalhi Lama

With a growing awareness of the oneness and connectedness of all humanity, a new and burgeoning focus upon the Law of Karma is apparent. From the nameless person on the street to Professors, celebrities, your neighbors and friends, we hear the unique and personal translations of what it means to them. The quote above by the Dalhi Lama is one I hope to engrain into my very fiber. It seems one of the most difficult to accept. After all, we don't like our enemies nor do we want to try.

"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself." (Dr. Wayne Dyer.)

And so it would seem, each day we should make an attempt to give love and happiness to others and it will be given to us. If we choose to dramatize the least of slights, we attempt to make ourself a victim as we point the blame at anyone but ourself. When we demean and belittle an we not do this to ourselves as well?

As all this chaos creates negativity and anger, we set ourselves up for failure. Like a viscious cycle, our actions and reactions come back full circle, reaching out to point right back at us.

I get it. I'm sure you get it. There's only one way to share the wisdom. Person to person, day by day, giving and sharing, cause and effect. Keeping in mind, what goes around, comes around.

Do you believe in the Law of Karma?

  • I do! I believe and trust completely in Karma
  • No, don't believe it exists at all
  • I haven't really thought about it enough to know how I feel
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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

O.J.'s story was right on, possibly the glove did fit? One day you could add Casey Anthony's karma to your hub!I believe in what goes around, comes around. Excellent hub!!!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this hub! I learned some time back that if I was kind to others, it was also easier to be kind to myself--not exactly a karmic statement, but close

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Hey Miss Karma! I took your quiz and I said I believe in Karma with all my being and it said I scored 0% - what gives?! Im only playing :) I too believe in karma. I have seen it so many times. I usually sit back out of the way and let the energies deal with people who are doing wrong. It takes time to come back (sometimes) but it always does. Great article here

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks so much scared me a little....I thought I must have set the quiz up wrong!! Karma will get you for that!! lmao!! kidding.. Yes, it is quite an experience to sit back and just watch Karma perform it's job. I always say, I don't bother to get angry or think of revenge....."Karma" always does my dirty work for me.. It's like having your own hit man or bodyguard. Appreciate the visit.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

SS...Hey GF...I thought for a second or 2 about mentioning the famous Mom from Orlando, but I don't like to even mention her name and give her more publicity. Her day is not going to take as long as OJ's did. We'll all have plenty more to write about her real soon!! Thanks for stopping by!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Audrey....You're so right to think as you do....It is a type of Karma! Thanks for visiting and adding your thoughts!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You are so welcome--shared this!

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kimh039 4 years ago

I'm not a big believer in Karma, the way some people talk about it. It often sounds very superstitious and magical to me. It doesn't explain why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people, etc. It proposes a perfect justice that just doesn't exist in this world. I do believe that the more good choices we make in our lives, the better our lives will be and that a life lived with higher values and purpose is more rewarding than the alternatives. Thanks for the food for thought and the evening reflection, fpherj48....and I like the new pic:)

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Sometimes I think I believe in Karma, but it does seem that good never seems to happen for some people, no matter how much they might "deserve" it. Still, maybe their good Karma hasn't come around yet. I'm hoping for some good Karma from a work situation in which I was recently very wronged due to nothing that I did wrong. We'll see. Great hub. You give us a lot of think about, effer! Voted useful, interesting, beautiful, and up!Sharing, too!

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miss shelia 4 years ago from Ferndale, Wa.

Great hub, i enjoyed it and yes casey anthony's karma will come around.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

totally agree with the karmic laws...what we sow is what we will reap, in this lifetime.

i have also addresssed karma in my own way...would love your insight. link below..


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

I totally believe in karma,it all works out. And it works out better than anything you could ever say or do.

If you have a pure heart,mean no ill will to anyone,you'll be surprised how that pays back to yourself.Karma also shields you,keeps others ill will and bad thoughts from entering your space.

Karma Rules!

Great hub!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I truly like the way raster mermaid thinks! She's taught me much with her hubs! As has ruchira, she knows how to burn calories while writing!! :)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

kimh039....I can appreciate your doubtful attitude and the reasons you give for feeling as you do. There is nothing magical nor superstitious about the ebb and flow of a Universal natural occurrence. While there exists what we might label "good" & "bad" people, it's quite relative & surely you'll accept that there are none who may claim 100% of either?

I agree with you as well, Kim. A perfect justice system is not possible.... in an imperfect world inhabited by imperfect humans.

The Law of Karma is not, in it's essence, a "justice system." Not in terms of reward and punishment. It IS however a stabilizer for fairness. If not for the force of the Natural Law of Karma, there would be no difference between good or evil. Therefore, much less reason or incentive to choose between the two.

Your belief about life choices of value & purpose resulting in a more rewarding life than the alternative, is so have made the case for Karma.

Thank you for your thoughtful input. Your interest is important and appreciated. Peace

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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

I believe in Karma. Growing up I had a horrible child hood. I pushed through it and was determined to be a good person no matter what. I knew that "he" would get what he deserved sooner or later. Karma caught up to him and he got just that.

Also on the good end of Karma, I've been doing good deeds all my life and not a single one has gone unnoticed (sometimes it takes a while but karma does catch up). Good Hub. Thanks - voted up and shared :)

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

This is very true

What goes around comes around.


Voting up and sharing

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vicky...Hi there, so nice to see you! I hear your concerns loud and clear. So, let me suggest something more for you to think about. Given our human limitations, we can use our senses to know a good, generous and smiling individual. However, we do not and we cannot KNOW their heart. This is where Karma comes in. "Motives," reasons and ultimate personal goals do not escape the power of the Law of Karma. Karma never fails.

In your particular situation, this should make you happy and at ease. You have been unjustifiably wronged.

Be who you are and be at peace. WHATEVER comes of this ordeal in the end....Be ASSURED, Vicky, it will be to your benefit. If not in the way you may suppose...know that it will be the best for you. In time, all is revealed. Peace.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

miss shelia...Oh, don't we know it. Casey has no clue what she is about to experience. Karma has a very special surprise for Miss Casey Marie Anthony. With every confidence & implicit trust, we know that the Law of Karma intends to make "La Bella Vita," quite UGLY.

Peace, my friend. Thanks for stopping by.

Ruchira...Thank you so much for the link! I will be there shortly! Am interested in your thoughts and I do appreciate your comment. Bless you.

Rastamermaid. You said it! Karma DOES rule. It also ROCKS! Ever heard of Rock 'n Rule?? lol! Karma plays beautiful music.....and it can also play some pretty dismal tunes!

Sunshine...Hello again, GF! I see you have your famous pom-poms on today! Karma LOVES you!

Cassylu1981....Hi! I appreciate your testimony on behalf of Karma. Yes, it may take some time....but eventually, it DOES "come around." I am happy for you. Bless your heart

thumb17....Nice to meet you and glad you stopped by to read and comment. May the Law of Karma always protect you!

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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

I agree. Karma is a thing we should watch out for. That is why I live my life with this motto "do people right, as much as you want them to do toward you"

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ehsan121 4 years ago from Karachi

Interesting hub, Thanks for sharing.

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web-tools 4 years ago from New Delhi

Good Hub,


"Work is worship"

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instantlyfamily 4 years ago

I have been living the laws of karma for almost 3 years now. I thought I was doing it a lot longer but I really wasn't. The most difficult for me has been non-judgement. I work on this daily and have made great progress.

It's amazing how much my life has improved since implementing the laws.

“ Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results. ” Sakyong Mipham

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

cebutouriststop.....Yes, in a way....I suppose....but rather than "look-out" for Karma....we can expect it and welcome it. Unless of course, you have reason to fear it.....and I DOUBT this!! lol.

ehsan121...You are welcome and thank YOU for stopping by and sayine hello!

instantlyfamily...Great! Your life has "improved drastically," because YOU have improved drastically! It's all connected as WE are all connected to one another. Peace!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

web-tools....You are most welcome. I appreaicte the kudos. Yes, you are spot-on..."work is worship." ...just as so many parts of our lives. Peace and blessings to you.......

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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Nope. This is just wishful thinking and coincidence. Karma does not exist and will not stand up to scientific testing.

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The Finance Hub 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Absolutely! I'm pretty sure that my Karma is good! Voted up and interesting! Hope you enjoy my hubs as well!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Pcunix... Somehow, I KNEW I would hear from you...with a "rejection." Although I DO know you are correct about the "scientific testing".....there is much validity to "cause and effect," Pcunix. I can't imagine you will send me a "NOPE" on that as well.

Also, my friend...."wishful thinking" may be translated as "positive thinking," and no way would I expect you to "poo-poo" that! LOL. Just one more thing & then I'll leave you to send me another scientific comment....I SERIOUSLY do not accept "coincidence" in any regard. But, that's another HUB.

I don't come from a religion-centered attitude, either...not at all.

Well, you know I won't fight with says right in my hub. "we each decide to accept or reject."

One more thing, I have a friend by the name of "Karma." His "hippie, flower-children parents," named him.....get this....."Karma Genesis." He was obviously born near "Haight-Ashbury," on a day when the smoke was thick!! He'll be disappointed to hear that you say he doesn't exist!! LOL.

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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

I'll acknowledge his existence :)

If you aren't seeing this as religious, what force causes it?

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

The Law of Karma (per MY belief) is a "natural FORCE" in the Universe, in and of itself. It CAUSES itself.

It may be considered for some, at least connected to or similar to a religious belief....but I have never seen it this way at all.

Then there are the looney-tunes religious, radical, verse-quoting individuals who would tell me this is in direct contrast to a belief in An Almighty Being and that I and like-minded people are doomed.....destined to burn in hell.

But since there is no hell, these people merely amuse me.

The last time I suggested the Bible was simply another interesting History book, somewhat fantastic, I had someone nearly pass out for being shocked and aghast.

I don't make comments like this anymore! I hate the drama.

Thanks for acknowledging the existence of my friend! lol.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What goes around comes around, Karma, Divine Justice...all the same. What you reap so shall you sow! Looks like you have lots of laughs and love ahead Effie. Another great hub. Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.

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klanguedoc 4 years ago from Canada

I have witness Karma at work so many times in my lifetime that there can never be any doubt as Its power and influence. This is a wonderful piece that needs to be repeated every so often to give us a little shake so that we may come to realize that the events we are experiencing in our lives are the result of our own Karma.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author're too sweet. I am blessed with lots of love and thanks to my sense of humor and being around a family and dear friends who keep the laughter coming, I feel pretty lucky.

I agree with your first statement, too. No matter what we call it, or how we explain it...there simply is no denying it. (For those of us who have seen it and continue to experience it, that is.)

As with any thing, there will always be the nay-sayers. I guess, in the case of Karma, I seriously wonder how anyone can reject the existence of it....unless they just are not "paying attention."

LOL....I will add though, I have also witnessed a number of non-believers who have been rudely awakened by a good swift kick in the teeth, delivered by none other than The Law of Karma........To each his own.

Myself? I can honestly say I've never seen any other force of nature so faithful and powerful.

I always appreciate your visits.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Klanguedoc.....I believe you completely. I understand what you have experienced and what you speak of. There is no doubt at all in the existence and strength of this Universal Spritual Law...

Thank you for your visit and comment. I appreciate your kind words.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm loving this hub and it looks like others are also. I've experienced much good karma and for that I'm thankful.

Keep the awesome hubs coming Effer! Obviously karma is your friend also!:)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Believe me...It ABSOLUTELY is my friend. Throughout the years, I've had such fun watching from the sidelines, as some pretty nasty individuals have received their "Due-Bill" as pmt to the "Law" (of Karma.)

Ouch! Like my friend with the heavy southern (Oklahoma) accent has said, "Dude, that there "Karma"..that sure ain't no PERttIE Sight!!!" Lmao.I love when he says that!

On the brighter side, it has also been my pleasure to witness goodness and gifts bestowed on those who have been so kind and unselfish, asking nothing in return...lik you do, my friend.....Effer

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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Well, we'll just have to disagree. No harm there.

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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Very good hub. Voted up!

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cheatlierepeat 4 years ago from Canada

I so believe in the concept of Karma, I've seen it in motion. How someone treats you is their Karma, how you react is yours.... my life motto!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have proof of good karma!!! I was about to enter my kitchen tonight towards the kitchen sink when I heard a snapping sound and something flew across the kitchen into my kitchen sink! A blade from the ceiling fan had snapped off and if I was 3-4 seconds earlier it would have hit my back!! I'll say it again...I love good karma!!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Pcunix....Ditto!! Have a great day! Always nice to see you.

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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

But please answer this: if Karma is real, how do you explain ANY of the Republican POTUS hopefuls?

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

T4an Thanks! Please visit again. Nice to meet you.

cheatlierepeat...Hi there! Welcome to HP. I read your bio and am now a follower. I believe you will find MANY hubbers with a lot in common with you, including myself! See you in my travels.

SS.....Close call, GF. Thank heaven you have your Karma safety net!

ib radmasters...I'm not surprised at your comment in the least, Sir....Since it's clear you have no interest nor concern with the Universe itself, you surely would not embrace a UNIVERSAL law!!! LOL That's pretty simple. Thanks for your comment. Always nice to hear from you.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Pcunix.....All discussion of "Karma," aside.....there IS no explanation, excuse or understanding the POTUS fact, there's not enough HOPE in the Universe....but that's just my opinion.

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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Thank you for a very thought provoking hub. There are many writings on this subject and in 35 years of study, I certainly haven’t read them all. I do believe that karma is a justice system connected to the universe. To understand the real workings of karma, one must study reincarnation. Without that understanding, the concept of karma is incomplete, and that is why some people cannot accept it. They say, “Bad things happen to good people. A good person was killed or suffers from a devastating illness. Why did God let it happen?”

God had nothing to do with it. The person may have merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time or received a genetically bad body. OR the person may have been on the receiving end of something they did in a previous lifetime. I abhor domestic or sex abuse, and when I hear of an abused woman, I feel very sorry, but I do wonder if she is paying off a karmic debt for her participation in the sacking, burning, and raping in an innocent village lifetimes ago or was she previously a man who abused his wife. I wonder, but I don’t judge because she may be an innocent victim whose violator will receive his karma.

I believe that some of our world’s great people are paying off karmic debts, but I don’t believe that all great people are. Some are advanced souls referred to as “living saints.”

O.J. may not be able to pay off all his karmic debt in this lifetime, neither may Casey Anthony, but eventually they will have to learn life’s lessons for what they have done. I am so thankful that I don’t believe that either will be able to make a deathbed confession and go to heaven. That would be real injustice.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MizbeJabbers...Thank you for some very inspirational words. You are quite learned on Karma and I appreciate you sharing your wisdom with me.

I am always somewhat taken aback by individuals who deny Karma's existence. I wonder how they accept other forces of our natural Universe.

I appreciate your visit. Please stop by anytime. I know I could learn a lot form you and am always open to wisdom.

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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Thank you fpherj48 (beautiful lady), for your kind words. I felt like I had to comment because I think some people have a mistaken idea of karma. They may mistake the Golden Rule for karma: "I smiled at her and she smiled back," or a near miss: "if I hadn't ducked, I would have been hit in the head." If the person had been decapitated by the action, that might have been paying off a karma from being a guillotine operator in 17th Century France or some other injustice involving decapitation. But a near-miss doesn't pay off any karmic debts. It just serves as a warning.

Y'all please don't misunderstand me. If you don't live by the Golden Rule, you may experience karma somewhere down the line, but the instant reaction from another is not the karma itself.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

What a great example you have made with O.J. Simpson....I think Karma was in full force when OJ got 33 years in prison for something that might have gotten somebody else probation or a couple of years at max. I believe in believe in Karma 100%...which is why I try to treat everybody fairly....cause I do not want the ultimate power of the universe to turn on me...nice job with this hub.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I definitely think that what goes around comes around. Though, I try to reason about bad things that happen to good people - could it be that they're paying due to past-life events or something? What do you think? Interesting hub here! Voted up/U/I :)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well....I know what you mean by your curiosity....and for that matter....GOOD things happen to "bad "people too. I mean, how much worse of a human being could Casey Anthony be...yet she slides through everything like a fairy Princess. SO FAR. When Karma catches up with that girl...she better try to take cover.

Yes, Past lives definitely do come into the mix. No doubt about it. In fact, there's an enormous amount to learn and investigate where "karma" is concerned. It's actually not as simple or cut and dry, so to speak as "what goes around, comes around."

MizBejabbers, our fellow-hubber, who has commented twice here, brings some very interesting facts to this discussion.

She's quite wise and knowledgeable and I try to absorb her wisdom.

Thank you for joining in. Please stop by anytime!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a great Hub article! I too believe in Karma and I have experienced it both good and bad. I enjoyed reading this Hub and voted up and SHARING!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you Mr. Matthew! I appreciate your visit and your comment. I can tell by the man who comes through in your writings that you would have a healthy respect for all the forces of nature! Peace, my friend.

Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Such an interesting hub and topic. Thank you for sharing this here. Definitely a subject for much discussion.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Kathleen....(what a pretty name you have )....For sure, Karma is a topic for hours of discussion. Like I said in my hub, we're free to accept or reject the existence of any spiritual law of the Universe, but Karma is a bit too real and active to be ignored...

Stop by anytime. Good to hear your thoughts.

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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

I am a huge believer in Karma! Glad to know that I'm not alone. It is definitely a Universal Law that guides us all. All we need to do is slow down and take a good hard look around to see evidence of it everywhere!

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aDayInMyLife1 4 years ago from CA

Thanks for the Hub. I wholeheartedly believe in Karma. Put positive energy out there and good will come back.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

roxanne....You are definitely not alone. The understanding and belief in this natural law has spread in the last 4 or 5 decades, here in our country and culture....but for centuries, elsewhere. How correct you are to suggest that evidence is everywhere...all around us.

a DayInMyLife1....You are wise and 100% correct. Toss a pebble into still waters and left to its own power, the ripple effect flows in nature.

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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

I just can't begin to understand why "karma" (which is nothing but a human twist to what the Almighty God of the Universe had already established in His word..."Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.Galatians 6:7) suddenly become the rule that everyone wants to live by.

I guess as long as the idea doesn't seem tied to the God of the universe, its believable.

O.J. Simpson may have gotten what he deserve, but I like to think of it this way, would anyone reading this hub stand justified by the ultimate judge if called to be judged today.

Our eternal destiny is determined not by how much good we put out there, but how trusting we are of the author of the good. It still comes down to trusting Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ComfortB....I hear what you are saying and see the verse you present is saying precisely what Karma is. For believers, this is a reconfirmation of what they already know by the Word. I think for the majority of those who accept the concept, it is, in fact, within their realm of beliefs in God, the Universe, Science or what ever they cling to in their life.

I surely see no argument in your question about the ultimate judgement. and I'm sure you give readers much to think about.

I thank you for visiting and for your input. I am always happy to hear from fellow hubbers. Peace.

jasper420 4 years ago

Interesting hub really liked when you said you can't hide from karma so true! Great work!

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ElSeductor 4 years ago


Interesting hub, though, I disagree with the idea of "karma". I believe that what comes around, was going to come around whether one deserved it or not. We humans tend to mystify events that are in reality quite simple.

If you plant an apple seed, you will get apples. There is nothing karmic about this. Rather, it is a natural occurrence. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. This is not karmic, it is called life.

Planting an apple seed will not give birth to oranges. You have to plant apple seeds to get apples. However, doing good deeds and being virtuous does not guarantee that good things will miraculously come to pass as a result of karma. Thinking so doesn't make sense.

Let's take the case of OJ. He committed a crime and now he is in jail. Had he not committed a crime, he would not be in jail. There was no supernatural force involved in making OJ pay his debt. Had he stayed away from trouble, he would have lived out the rest of his life as a free man. Instead, he chose to get in trouble, and now he's paying for it. Idiocy put him in jail, not karma.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ElSeductor....What's so wonderful about each of us having our own free will and intellect, is that we have the freedom and capability to hold our own beliefs and express our unique feelings.

I understand and respect your comments in terms of explaining what you personally, accept and/or reject.

Thank you for visiting my site and taking the time to participate in this exchange.

We are in total agreement that OJ is an idiot. Peace!

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Greenheart 4 years ago from Cambridge

Hi there.I do think there may be what could be called karma, perhaps the same as cause and effect. But i think more important to consider is how any being may move beyond karmic existence into what is eternally free,of life and death, cause and effect, fear,etc.Thanks for your huB!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Greenheart...I thank you for your comment. Your opinion is understood and respected. I find your thoughtful statement very meaningful & worthy of my attention. I am always open to the suggestions of those generous enough to share with me. Peace

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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Paula ~ I am SO trying to catch up on my reading and glad I did not miss this great article. Your writing is superb as always. I just love how you share your wisdom.

I have always believed and often say "what goes around, comes around, GOOD AND BAD." I have seen this to be true numerous times. When I was younger, I was making decent money and always shared with others. I did special things to help my parents. Nothing they ever asked for or expected. I surprised both my sisters with expensive upgrades to their houses when they each purchased their first home within the same year. And so much more for friends and family. I did a lot for my nieces and nephews. I was so happy to give unconditionally. Years later when I was in a bind, I unexpectedly, out of the blue, won $10,000. I truly felt at that time what goes around comes around. I was extremely blessed and the timing of it all made sense that it was "good" karma that had come back around to me.

Of course over the years I can think of many more examples. More recently, I have had reason to believe that karma has once again shown itself. There has been some extremely negative things going on within Facebook as it relates to some writers from HubPages. By speaking up because I cannot stand dishonestly, I was dissed and harassed and quite hurt by some people who I thought were my friends. I would like to believe that no one has any malicious intent. But I was very wrong. I was seeing words and actions by others that were deceitful and hurtful. I spoke out for a very brief period of time because I was angry. I was "played" as were many others.

But I quickly stepped back knowing that what goes around comes around. I felt comfortable knowing that I could look myself in the mirror and know that I was a good and honest person. I trusted that karma would come around, I just did not know when.

It was the best thing I could have ever done. I am now witnessing what goes around comes around to those who were malicious. Honestly, it is amazing watching it all unfold.

So, bottom line is that I get it and I believe it! Thank you Paula for this awesome piece. Voted all the way across and then some!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sharyn....Thanks for reading and commenting, 1st of all.

As I say here, Yes, what some people don't keep in mind is that Karma works both ways...good & bad. There is current life Karma and past life Karma. Most will argue that current life Karma is strictly the result of cause and effect. I DO agree with this but will add that REFERRING to it as "Karma," makes sense and keeps us on our toes.

Getting into past life Karma can get very deep and complicated because it's all so mysterious, however REAL it surely is. For instance, in the here and now, you were able to clearly see a "blessing/windfall" as a nice reward for your previous generosity to family and friends.

On the other hand, with past-life Karma, unless we have taken the deep plunge to try to connect to a past life...we can't know that an event in our life (good or bad) is in sync with Karma......get me? The existence of Karma can be studied forever. Many people deny it completely, which is their choice and right. Just in these comments, you will see the various beliefs of people..............Take care.

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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

This I believe wholeheartedly,even before I ever heard of Karma, my grandmother used to say he who does it here pays for it here,and you see it all the time destiny, or Karma, or god ,or the great equalizer,taking care of business with the, as the "ineffable george w.used to call them" evildoers.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You refer to good old Georgie (I am an idiot) W.? Yeah, he's a real treat. But nowhere near as humble and compassionate as Dick (the great Duck Hunter) Cheney....Bastards!! Crooks, Liars, Blood-thirsty, Morons.

One day I won't hold back and say what I REALLY think!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Great hub; great discussions. Voted up and interesting.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I was born in Hindu family and tradition taught me to improve my karma. Later when I began studying Buddhism I understood why it is necessary to break the endless chain of samsara.

Your analysis is very inspiring.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vinaya, considering your origin and knowledge, I am especially falttered by your kind words.

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KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

I have known about Karma since I was very small. My late mum was a buddhist herself and I was told about this subject. Karma is the thing that binds us in the endless cycle of rebirth or samsara. What you do to others, you get back, unless one party stop the cycle. But it is more complicated in the teaching of Buddhism.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Paula, I totally 100% believe in Karma. I am not a religious person but the idea of Karma is a compelling reason for people to be as kind to one another as possible and I'm all for kindness. The O.J story is an excellent way to illustrate this point - he got his....eventually :o)

Voted up and shared.

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thank you, fpherj48, for this hub on Karma. The law works, whether we believe in it or not. Voted up, awesome, and shared.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author


Good to see you, my friend.....What I appreciate about Karma is that I'm confident this Universal Force is like a good friend, who always has my back!! Simplifies things and leaves us free to look forward and ahead rather than waste time on something as senseless as revenge. No time for that! Old buddy, Karma will take care of matters!!!

sandra....I LOVE what you said: "THE LAW WORKS WHETHER WE BELIEVE IN IT OR NOT!" I hope my dear friend PCunix read this!! lol! Thank you, sandra.

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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Great hub and quotes. I also believe in karma- people who do good or bad will eventually get the same in return.

Voted up!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

jenzie......I'm glad you liked this hub....believing in Karma gives us comfort in the realization of fairness and Universal justice.

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addingsense 4 years ago from kerala

karma is a broad topic but you made it cozy

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh surely is a broad and very involved topic....lots to learn and understand.......but the basics are important for everyone to know! Thanks so much for stopping by. Good to see you.

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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Wonderful article about Karma and I am really a fan of Deepak Chopra

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Deepak is an amazing guru of spiritual enlightenment. I love listening to him speak and I've read most of his books. He shares a perfect path to inner peace. It is not easy to achieve, but we would all love to try. Thank you, naimishika,

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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

Interesting topic and debate you got going on here! Thought I would check out the hub, but I spent just as much time reading all of the comments as well!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....I LOVE the comments.......I read every one on every hub I read!! It is the path to getting to really know all these great hubbers we live with!!

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craiglyn 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Totally love this hub. I am and have over the last little while realized and believe that we get back what we put out into this world. Thanks for this.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You have realized and accepted an undeniable Truth.......Embrace it.

DMVmimay 4 years ago

i had fun reading your hub, thanks for sharing.. this will open door to people :)) keep posting.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DMV.......Glad you had fun. I appreciate your visit! Yes, Karma opens name one gift Karma gives!

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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Beautiful hub and so true in so many ways. I have read some of Deepak Chopra work many years ago and he was right then as he is now.

Karma exists. We create the world around us.

All the votes and sharing.

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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

I not only believe in Karma, I believe in the Law of Attraction, which is essentially synonymous to Karma.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant read. Bookmarked, voted up and more!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Michael and Hub Tub........It makes me happy that enjoyed my Karma hub and that you are believers! You're both worthy of much good Karma!!

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I very much enjoyed this hub, Paula, and concur with your vision of Karma. I, too, have seen it at work many times. That's why I remind myself often that "what goes around, comes around." I want to be responsible for good things, not bad.

I also enjoyed the comments (and they came rolling in by the dozens, attracted to this topic), especially your reference to "Georgie" and Dick, as well as your promise to some day say what you REALLY think! (I want to read that!)

However, Sharyn's remarks about a Facebook drama involving HP members piqued my curiosity so much I probably won't be able to sleep tonight! She mentioned just enough to drive me to distraction! I don't "do" Facebook, so it seems I missed out on SOMETHING. Or, maybe not. Perhaps I should remind myself that's why I don't have a Facebook account any more--too much drama.

Great hub. Voted Up++++


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jaye.......I'm pleased to know you enjoyed this and that you are a believer. I can't imagine what part of Karma, some people simply don't understand. Any more real and clearly is said, "it would bite you on the nose!" Oh well, some get it, some miss out.

Sorry, my dear friend.....I am quite content to admit I know nothing at all, of" behind-the-scenes-FB-Drama." I do not have an account. I am not a Facebooker...(is this what they call themselves?)

I would tend to go with your "or maybe not," comment.......If there's a SOMETHING we both missed......I'm sure that's a GOOD thing.

Peace, Lady of many!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Cuz we all shine the moon, like the stars, like the sun...

I wonder how closely our perspectives match on other subjects... I'm thinking rather closely.

Yeah, I'm a believer...Very well expressed, girlfriend.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

No doubt, Maria.....I would not be the least bit surprised to find us dancing on the same page, more often than not. Karma is not the only energy force of nature.....there is also a very real and viable connection of like-souls..........Peace, my Soul Sister....

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Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

If a belief in Karma helps you behave well towards others, then it's a good thing. However, I saw something in India that shocked me. There were lots of stray dogs, many lame and missing limbs because of being run over by cars. I saw one of these starving dogs, with a clearly badly broken leg sticking out at an angle, being kicked hard by a man for no reason. An Indian friend told me people think it is "good karma" to kick a dog because they believed it was a human in a previous life who did something really bad to be reborn as a dog. This is, I realize, an ignorant interpretation of karma but it is quite common in India. The super-rich feel no guilt or even compassion towards the starving poor because they interpret their respective conditions to be a result of karma. People born with deformities are shunned because people think they must have been evil in a previous life. I realize all the great things about belief in karma are true and I don't want to detract from that. However, it is misinterpreted and misapplied sometimes, by the ignorant and by those who don't have that excuse.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I believe in karma too. What goes around comes around. Sometimes it is quite startling and sad to see it in action though. Someone treated me very badly and I kept wishing and waiting for karma to start working. When it did, though now I feel bad and wonder if I should be waiting for karma to start working on me for wishing it.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author


This merely speaks to ignorance, as you a bit of sinister evil.....Karma gives these morons an excuse to be MEAN, because they LIKE being mean.


You are safe, dear. Karma acts independently of anyone or anything. Nothing we, as mere mortals, can say or do if to "speak to or make a wish, to Karma," has the least tiny effect.......Karma is, always was and always will be a Universal power and force, all it's own. "That person" met Karma because Karma misses nothing.....good or bad.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a beautiful and profound hub this is!

I'm certainly interested in the concept of Karma even although it's abit scary at times. By this I mean we are all fallible human beings and it's not possible for many to go through life without doing something that you know you shouldn't. Then to think that 'karma' will come and get you!!LOL! Scary stuff!

But it is a fascinating concept and from what I read in your excellent hub it seems to me to be the fairest justice system I know, even if it does take a while, it doesn't matter, it's the end result that counts.

A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking article! Voted up + shared.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

There is no need to ever fear Karma. I seriously doubt you would intentionally and willfully do harm to another human being....or an animal.....and you don't seem the type to spew hatred and bigotry......Karma is not concerned with the mistakes we make as humans, or the little troubles we get ourselves into when we feel like being bad now and then......

Karma is much too busy covering the BIG stuff!!!

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Break of Dawn 3 years ago

This is a beautiful and inspiring hub and very thought-provoking. I believe, as long as I treat people, animals and nature with respect, compassion, kindness and love, I shall have my Karma looking out for me too. Thank you for a wonderful read!

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

What we give...we shall receive. Proven time and time again....both positive and negative. I believe you know the truth!....Thank you for visiting. Always good to have a new guest.........

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Loved this hub, fpherj48! Excellent presentation, straight on point. I read Deepak Chopra's book years ago and it remains one of my favorites. I hope your arms are held wide open for all the positive energy you're receiving now and for some time to come as a result of this hub. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I'm always ready for something wonderful to happen! That's the only way it will come to us!....

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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i also believed in karma. i've seen people done horrible things to other and then things got worse for them.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh yes, unknown spy....Our dear friend Karma is ever vigilante! We can count on it.

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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

I don't know if I believe in karma, as much what the bible says in that you reap what you sew... sometimes quickly and sometimes not... in any event I guess that would be "karma", or the same spiritual principle

Wonderful hub Paula... definitely voted up!!!!

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author is the same principle......For those who believe in Creation/God and the Bible, as His word.....can surely accept that the Universe, they believe He created, would have the power of Karma.

Thank you so much for visiting, Laurinzo. I appreciate your voice.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Karma comes back to us for sure, Paula. Good or bad deeds, each one of them, has a positive or a negative impact on our lives. This is what my religion teaches me.

Nice hub. Voted up and interesting.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

rajan....Thank you for your insightful comment. I always appreciate hearing from enlightened readers such as you......

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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Wonderful hub and great reminder about what we sow, we reap. When I am wronged it is not always easy to remember to react with kindness and understanding. When I do, the other person will more often than not, return with a kindness to me. I believe the universe is balanced and good. When something bad happens to me it reminds me to totally surround myself with good and share it with others.

Thanks for an excellent hub.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mara....Thank you so much, for the great comment. Sounds to me like you have the entire Karma concept,well-learned. Good for you! Your wisdom and kindness will cause Karma to be very kind to YOU. Peace.

Ganesh 3 years ago

Dear fpherj48,

Great article. It sets us thinking. I am a fan of Chopra's too. By the way, could you guess what I would have done to be afflicted with mental illness as I am? Thanks.Ganesh

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ganesh.....Thank you for your comment......As for your question......Karma is not meant to be interpreted as any sort of "punishment," if this is where you are going. The give and take, ebb and flow of the Universe, displays Karma in the "goes around, comes around," manner......What goodness you put out, comes back to you in some way, at some time.....On the other hand, intentionally putting out harm or pain........will cause you to feel these things, from others, at some point in this life...or the next.

It is not intended that each and every word we say or move we make is being tallied somewhere and "like" is aiming to return to us.

I am sorry you are afflicted with mental illness, however, Ganesh, depending on your diagnosis, there is a lot of help, medication and therapy, to control and/or even cure your issues.....Good Luck and Blessings to you.

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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Paula, this is another one of your excellent articles. Karma is indeed one teacher. What we do to others return to us in one way or another. If it's not overt, it is oftentimes covert. I am a GREAT believer in karma.

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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Paula,

I believe in Karma, and what it teaches. And I believe what actions or deeds you perform in this world will come back to you with either goodness or the non-goodness.

I enjoyed this hub and I am going to share it with my Google+ Circles.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bobbi....I am 100% certain that all of your Karma is spectacular!

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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this. It is very true and one should always maintain the good karma and stay clear of generating the bad. Shared and voted up +++. Nice to finally meet you. :-)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jo.....Very true. There really is no escaping Karma......and it boggles my mind when I hear people claim there is no such thing as Karma. All I can think is that they have been spent their life, sleepwalking and never looking around or being conscious of what goes on, right under their nose! Thanks for the visit. So nice to meet you, as well.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Like my friend Jo, I enjoyed reading this, and like you said, I do believe that what goes around comes around, but just hope that impatients is not a sin.

Voting up, U/A/B/I, and shared.

Blessings to you Paula


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Shyron....I know exactly what you mean. No dear, "Impatience" is not a sin......not to my knowledge. The Universe is perfection is all ways of nature......plans develop and take shape as they are supposed to. When the time and place is also will be your day.

Sometimes, the longer it takes, the greater and more rewarding the blessing by Karma.......Just believe. Ay any given moment in time, everything is precisely as it should be.

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molometer 2 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Fascinating subject Karma.

May I use this with my students, Paula?

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Michael......Absolutely. Of course you may use my hub! I am honored and flattered you have asked. Peace, Paula

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dearabbysmom 2 years ago from Indiana

People have laughed at me for years for saying I believe in Karma. And yet I keep hearing, "Wow, things just always work out for you, you are so lucky." Hmmmm. Luck has nothing to do with it. Enjoyed your confirmational hub!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

dearabbysmom.......LOL....I can relate so well. I just usually chuckle when people insist "Karma" is not a true concept. I've not ever seen it fail that eventually, people simply cannot deny it, without appearing terribly blind, deaf and dumb!

I especially enjoy listening to those who will relate a tale of incredible reward and/or penalty....and wonder "how that happened?" I have to bite my tongue or just sarcastically respond....."Hmmmm MAGIC?" LOL...............Thanks so much for your superb comment.

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Karma is such an old thought and some people believe it while others don't care. It is just a matter of mind.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hmmmm, do I get the feeling that you are not at all into Karma? You are accurate....there are those who take it seriously and those who have their doubts....Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Always good to see you.

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Love It! Such Truth for us all to recognize and live our lives remembering this simple fact.

I am sharing it with my fellow Hubbers as well as my Facebook followers, a few of which need to read this and maybe understand their actions a little better.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL.....Don.I believe we all know a few folks like that! Is that what they say makes the world go round? All the many different personalities?

Karma is a mysterious word for common sense and courtesy...yes? We get what we give...good or bad. Thanks for the visit. Peace!

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Hackslap 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A very interesting article a Reiki healer the foundation of it is based on karma and the law of attraction ..sadly not everyone gets it ..perhaps that's their karma during this existence ...

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blueheron 2 years ago from Odessa, MO

Sadly, I have to disagree. This is not a "vice vanquished, virtue rewarded" kind of universe. Even the most casual observation will tell you it is the other way around as often as not. Belief in karmaic rewards and punishments really requires that you also believe in reincarnation, since the only way you can postulate that virtue will certainly be rewarded is to postulate that it will be rewarded in some futute incarnation; it clearly isn't being rewarded here and now. And the only way that you can postulate that evil deeds will be punished is to postulate that this, too, will occur in a future incarnation. We KNOW AND CAN SEE that neither rewards nor punishments for good or evil deeds have much more than a chance likelihood of coming to pass in ways that we can observe in the present--or present lifetime.

It should really be unnecessary to give examples of innocence mistreated and oppressed, or of evil rewarded. C'mon. Of course you can explain the suffering of the innocent in the present by postulating that these innocents did evil in a past life.

In other words, the whole notion of karmaic rewards and punishments necessarily hinges on the possibly imaginary notion of past and future lives--because it requires that you think up a really good explanation for why it so obviously isn't true.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

blueheron....It is not "sad," that you disagree. I am genuinely accepting and interested in what fellow-writers have to say. Your points are well-taken. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate the interaction. Peace, Paula

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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas

"Earl Hickey" ("My Name Is Earl"), convinced me that "Karma" was a force not to be toyed with in life. All things in the world and in our lives are eventually affected by either "Karma" or "Murphy"--we can count on that and you certainly make that point with examples you offer here. I just hope some of our current political leaders get a good dose of "Karma" real soon. ~WB

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blueheron 2 years ago from Odessa, MO

I am not sure why people have these strong beliefs that evil is inevitably punished and good is inevitably rewarded. I suspect it is because we are taught this from the creadle. We never quite stop believing that Mommy and Daddy's God will "get us" if we do wrong and will smile on us if we do right. And somehow it becomes essential to our understanding of the world to continue to believe this.

There is a wonderful quote from "The Poisonwood Bible" in which Leah is feeling abandoned by God, in spite of always "doing right."

But Anatole said suddenly, “Don’t expect God’s protection in places beyond God’s dominion. It will only make you feel punished. I’m warning you. When things go badly, you will blame yourself.”

“What are you telling me?”

“I am telling you what I’m telling you. Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you are good, bad things can still happen. And if you are bad, you can still get lucky.”

Things simply are what they are. I'm not sure it's helpful to believe they are otherwise.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wayne.....I get a 2nd visit from one of my favorite people? Must be I've been a good girl lately.......or just better at being sneak. Some people understand the way Karma works, some reject the notion.

I'm aware that the Karma of Eastern religion is spoken of in terms of other lifetimes. However, to bring it to a place that most individuals can grasp the concept, "Karma" replaces the term, "Tit for Tat!!" I do believe anyone can understand that!! See you again soon, Wayne.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sharon.....You can read my response to Wayne & hopefully understand my intention. If anyone would agree with what you have shared, it is surely yours truly....but that's another hub.

Also, in my case, very little, if anything, relates to religion. It's rather sad to discover that so many believe that the "Golden Rule" is a concept humans cannot grasp unless ordered by a high power of the Universe. (and yet another hub!) LOL

As for OJ....the big news splash and general consensus of opinion was that "Karma" got him....when in fact he is behind bars simply because he's an ignorant, narcissistic Moron.....

Again, thank you for commenting.

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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

I enjoyed reading this Hub. Karma is very powerful and can not be avoided or manipulated. (Good or Bad). So, it's good to keep our circle positive, even when no one is watching.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Lady....ESPECIALLY when no one is watching!!! Thanks for stopping by...Peace, Paula

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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Edgar Cayce had a lot to say about karma. He often used the term "meeting self". A person who laughed in the audience while watching lions mangle victims in ancient Rome was cripped in the 20th Century. A person who is intolerant of homosexuals in one life is born one in another. Cayce said that if you do not forgive someone who wronged you but instead die still harboring vengeful grudges, you owe that person a karmic debt.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Strange you should mention Edgar. I just recently read several websites all about Mr. Cayce and organizations associated with him and his legacy. Very intriguing man. Thanks for the visit!

I should think that people intolerant of most any lifestyle, due to ignorance or hatred, would be born such in another life.......Seems only fair and appropriate if they're ever going to learn in a personal manner!~...

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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

I've heard of this, as has everyone, I'm sure. I'm not sure where I stand on the matter. I know there is a "meme" I've seen going around Face Book that I find amusing: "Dear Karma--you seem rather busy. Need some help?"

It is extremely difficult to accept and "love" those who would tear our nation apart with their bigotry and hatred, and ambition to become perhaps another Hitler. I cannot abide those types, and have nothing very nice to say about them. They scare me. I don't think I could, or would want to, live in the kind of country they are trying to shape.

I'm also familiar with the saying, "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer."

I try to be a good person, and not do evil things myself, but I really do feel as the "meme" implies--Karma often does not work quickly enough to take these dangerous haters down a peg or three...

Voted up, and interesting, but did not vote in your poll, because my answer wasn't available. ;-) ... which is, "I guess I believe it, but have yet to see a good demonstration of it at work."

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MsLizzy......Thanks for stopping by. I understand where you are coming from. Maybe I can help a bit.

If you view Karma as a simple force that exists within our Universe.....not something complex nor mystical, but the simple energies of "cause and effect" boils down to simply being a result of the Golden Rule we all know.

I'm not even sure where I stand in terms of "past life Karma" which is delving much deeper than the here & now. (I'm happy to understand what's happening NOW...w/o looking into my NEXT life!! LOL)

Actually, it's pretty much.."WE GET WHAT WE GIVE & LOSE WHAT WE TAKE." What goes around comes around. This is something most people easily grasp.

As for those haters we all like to ignore. Sorry to tell them that Karma doesn't require any help. This would be akin to thinking we are able to "assist" sunset and sunrise. Can't be done.

Thanks Dzy! Always good to see you!

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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Thanks for the explanation, but I may have not been clear in what I meant.

I realize that the amusing "meme" is actually referencing revenge...which is bad Karma in and of itself..that is what is meant by "help," in that frame of reference.

As in: "This $%$($ did me wrong, and deserves to pay, and I'm going to insure they do; 'in the next life' isn't soon enough--I want to see them fall, and fall hard for their misdeeds."

I do not have the character or personality to go out and do someone in, or mess up their stuff...but I sure wish Karma would work faster on that account; I'd like to watch. ;-) My main irritation is that our human justice system is badly broken; you get all the "justice" you can afford to buy. Which means our prisons are overflowing with the poor for minor crimes, while the bankers and corporate yay-hoos who are destroying the country get off with a slap on the wrist, if that.

My fear is that they will create a nation in which no one wants to live; making live miserable for EVERYONE else, even those who don't owe some "karmic debt," and they will appear to get away with it, and I can't stand that idea. :-( Those are my problems with Karma. Karma works on the scale of the Universe; we live on a human scale, and it is frustrating in the extreme to deal with these kinds of effects on our lives because of a greedy 1%. That is why I wish Karma worked much faster, and in our time frame, and makes me on the verge of a disbeliever in the concept.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I follow your reasoning......and don't think all that differently than you do. However, unlike you, I have never seen Karma fail. It's actually amazing to watch. I hope one day you have that opportunity.

Maybe I see it so often because I'm always watching for it. We can know who's going to get a visit from Karma.....and it is only a matter of time.

Sometimes, unfortunately nasty people DO get away with it.....This is one of those things we have to deal with. I can't help but keep on believing that the unrest, anxiety and fears we are being put through will ultimately force us to an enormous revolution. Seriously much more can we "the people" take and for how much longer....before the rumbling erupts?? Take care my friend.

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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Paula,

I believe in Karma and I am waiting for it to come around again and kick everyone who started a war, hurt innocent people, especially children and animals.

I am sending my best wishes and a love prayer to make sure you are fine.


Bobbi Purvis

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bobbi.....It's probably a good thing that none of us mortal beings have any control over how and when Karma operates within the Universe.....What a jumbled mess that would be....right? LOL.....

I am so on the same page as you. You know Bobbi, whether we're talking about Karma or reaping what we all comes down to human beings & the Golden Rule.

We just have to wonder, girlfriend, why something so simple is so hard to understand.....Blessings to you. Hugs of Peace, Paula

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lone77star 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Lovely lessons.

Christ talked of Karma. Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. Numbers 14:18 talks of both karma and reincarnation.

My current understanding is that we have created a false self (ego) which is full of self-concern. It is a physical, Newtonian action-reaction self and thus reacts to everything it does by creating an opposite to balance everything. Karma.

But there's a lot more to learn.

The following short video was a real eye-opener.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

lonestar......I appreciate your visit and comment. I am especially grateful for the link which I found very interesting. I did go further and investigate the info on the Kabbalah study program. I am intrigued enough to have signed up.

This is a timely situation. I feel nothing but goodness can come from "learning," ....opening my eyes to gain knowledge & wisdom.

I am often cautioned about always following my heart.....but I never feel it necessary to defend myself to those who cannot see that I also have a brain.........

The Philippines? Must be a wonderful & peaceful place to live....

Wishing you well......again, Thank you. Paula

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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Do Unto Others As You Would Have Then Do Unto in all ways and in both directions. You summed this up pretty well. Those who constantly blame others for what they themselves do not "think" that they do or the actions they "think" should come back to them in the way they "think" should are the ones who are mis-informed. That is why it is said to be careful with yur thoughts.

I hope that you have a great New Year !

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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello Lady & "Happy New Year." I can see where my hub can be confusing. Although I use Biblical verbiage to explain my meaning to Karma, I didn't intend to associate the law of Karma as being associated with religion....yet also not set entirely apart from Universal Spirituality. I had no intention to bring Heaven & Hell into it, but it could have been construed as that. That would be my mistake.

In going over my article and all the diverse comments, I felt I had to look deeper.

My other mistake, I think, was in not specifying that in no way do I believe nor encourage others to believe that all good is rewarded and all bad is punished. I don't believe that for a moment.

There is also to be considered that without a doubt, people may not (or refuse to) accept that we aren't exactly as wonderful as we "think" we are. Funny in a way, but so true.

I have to agree with the hubber who stated that OJ Simpson is not a victim of karma....but just an idiot. Who can argue with that? LOL.

I have come away from this experience wiser and more aware. I use the term "Karma" too often and too loosely without being as learned as I should be. Something I need to address.

Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you. Peace, Paula

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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

I also agree with the hubber about OJ. LOL

There ae no mistakes...remember that one too.

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VJGSA 22 months ago from Texas

What's the phrase? We reap what we sow? This is so true. Your Hub will always be timely.

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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting....and BTW, welcome to Hubpages and Good luck!

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mary615 18 months ago from Florida

My mother used to say to me if I was hurt by someone by something they did or said, "Just wait, they'll get theirs one of these days." Well, I'm still waiting for that day!

I just try and live by the Golden Rule.

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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mary.....I know what you mean. Believe me, there are some pretty nasty people I've known, who have done some rude and hideous things to others and just seem to get away with it Scot-free.

My mother too, used to repeat "What goes around, comes around." It's true more often than not, but we don't always get a front row seat to see it happen.

I can share one interesting story. An old friend of mine & his wife used to associate with another couple all the time. At some point, my friend & the wife of the other man, had an affair and obviously broke up their respective marriages, needless to add, the friendship!.....They did get married. Years later I ran into him and he was quite down & out. His wife left him for someone else!.....Normally I'm very compassionate. All I said to him was, "Well, I hope you're not looking for sympathy from me.".............I've always wondered what people expect when 2 cheaters get together!!...................Peace, Mary. Keep following the Golden Rule!

Rayne123 18 months ago

Add Your Comment..hi, how are you.

Very good article you have written. It's funny you mention OJ Simpson, as I always use him as an example myself.

He sure wasn't expecting what happened to him to happen.

I have never read any of deepak books but I would like to.

Anyway thanks for the information, voted up.

Many blessings

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Akriti Mattu 17 months ago from Shimla, India

Even Issac Newton's third law of motion states ,"to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." So how can one possibly not believe in the law of Karma.

Nice post. Voted up.

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Rayne...I apologize for having neglected your comment for so long. I was unaware you had visited my hub. Thank you so much for visiting. It's nice to meet you.

Have a wonderful week-end. Peace, Paula

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Good Morning Akriti.....Well, there are those who don't believe Karma exists in the very manner that I have expressed. We human beings have different perspectives & beliefs from one another or interpret meanings in various manners. My attitude is that there's room & acceptance enough to allow for these things without causing any harm.

I would agree with you of course, that nothing can debate Isaac Newton's third law of motion.

It is nice to meet you and I very much appreciate your input. Karma is a Universal Law that has always and will always intrigue me. In my lifetime, I feel strongly I have witnessed the results of this law occurring repeatedly.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.....Peace, Paula

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Akriti Mattu 17 months ago from Shimla, India

Peace :)

FreeHelpForFelons 17 months ago

I like the qoute good stuff.

"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself." (Dr. Wayne Dyer.)

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

There are any number of wise, inspiring and extremely enlightening quotes which we can call to mind during times of spiritual seeking.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and leave a wonderful comment. I look forward to getting to know you better....Peace, Paula

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Siva222 16 months ago from Chennai

Basically there are two types of Karmas

Kriyamana karma- karma that human beings are creating in the present, whose fruits will be experienced in the future.

Prarabdha karma - that portion of the past karma which is responsible for the present condition that we are in (good or bad).

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Siva......Thank you so much for this information. I greatly appreciate it.

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RobinGrosswirth23 16 months ago from New York

Some people who collectively cause harm to another never succumb to harm themselves. Used to believe this.

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Robin, you say you, "used to believe this..." so is it safe to assume that you now realize that the truth is What goes around, Comes around? Because it does. Have never seen it fail. Perhaps not immediately and we may not be aware of it, but every DOG has his day.

Thanks for visiting. It's so nice to meet you!

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Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Karma is the universal principle of cause and effect, so my motto is to treat others the way I like to be treated. I feel that karma has nothing to do with punishment and reward. It exists as part of our holographic universe’s binary or dualistic operating system.

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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nadine.....Thank you for visiting and giving your opinion. I've been told a few times what "Karma" is and is not. I have read much on this, especially the works of Deepak Chopra. There is always more to learn about everything we study. I appreciate all information.

The very best and most authentic explanations have been passed on to me by individuals who practice the Hindu Religion, for obvious reason.

Have a wonderful day, Nadine...........Peace, Paula

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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

I do sort of believe in Karma, not sure whether its purely psychological or not though! lol! but yes I do believe a few people that I know really should have karma coming their way! not sure about punishment etc, maybe just cause and affect as was mentioned. great read though!

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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell....Isn't it fun scrounging through my old hubs because I haven't written a new hub in about 5 months?? I know. I need to move it, move it!

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AshlyChristen 11 months ago from Illinois

Ain't that the truth!!

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Doug Cutler 10 months ago from Temperance. Mich

I came over from your dreams hub.

My take on karma is for the errors we do on our way to becoming a perfected child of God. He wants us to be self thinking and use free will. Not just some puppet or such.

We need to have experiences with everything to be whole. Karma corrects us and is a teaching tool. I did the survey and 92% believe in karma. I assume most also believe in reincarnation. Where do these voters come from?

Jesus points to a spiritual entity that has taken the souls of all human souls, maybe aliens and animals as well, and saved them from eternal destruction.

I believe if not in this incarnation then in another. Evey knee will eventually kneel. There may be some that are destroyed, don't really know. The angels kept in the prison may have a chance. Otherwise, why would Jesus go there to preach to them? Human souls are just below angels. With the potential eventually to be above them. God created angels as messengers. The human spirit is a part of God and was from the beginning. Let us make man in our image. Man means a physical body with a soul. Not the spirit that is incarnated into it for a short time for learning and experiencing purposes.

The church has banned reincarnation and such in 325 Nicene Councils and others. Many church goers don't realize this. I didn't until the net came along and checked the why and when.

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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey Doug...Thanks so much for your additional information. I am always fascinated by what others have to say according to their beliefs. This helps us understand one another and grow in our wisdom.

Take Care... Peace, Paula

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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

Hiya Paula, I do sort of believe in Karma, sometimes it takes ages for it to kick in, but other times it happens in front of you, but I tend to think its the fact that if someone is an ass, then another person will make em pay! lol! but, there is always a!

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fpherj48 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I know Nell..there are a lot of ways to look at this.....I choose to believe the ASS always gets kicked!! LOL

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rajan jolly 8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I certainly believe Karma gets back to all and one ultimately. So try to do good karma as much as possible.

We might not sometimes relate happenings in our life to what we have done in our previous lives but karma has a habit of spanning across rebirths as our scriptures say.

Great hub.

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fpherj48 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

rajan...So good to see you my friend. Thank you for sharing your wisdom of Karma. I know you are very knowledgeable on this topic.

Peace to you, Paula

Patricia Scott 2 months ago

Absolutely agree....what goes around, does come subscribe to karma's impact on our lives. Well done.


Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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