Karma.....The Ultimate Power of the Universe
"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.
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.
"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 equal.....do 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.