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

Updated on May 2, 2016
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Paula has freelanced for nearly 40 years. She has a passion for her forte of Behavioral Science & continuing education in this field.

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"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
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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 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.

Do you believe in the Law of Karma?

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    Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

    I think about karma as the result of the energy that we put out in the world as we live our lives--it doesn't all have to be a function of kindness really--maybe more of compassion and connection with thee lives around us--hugs to you and thank you--your hub is a prayer

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    Paula 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you, Yves. You're right, we can't hurt ourselves by being mindful and using our "Think" abilities. So much of the enjoyment of being a writer as well as an avid reader, stems from all the profound thoughts & wisdom we can share with one another.

    The Dalhi Lama is such a unique individual. I saw him once, several years ago, in person. I was taken aback by his appearance, or should I say his "Image." I swear he has a visible glow about him and if you focus on his face as he speaks, there is a palpable "happiness" that seems to overwhelm you. Oh, to be in such a perfect state of joy and serenity.....with no ugly obstacles to disrupt us..............Yeah, that'll happen. But we can dream, girlfriend and keep on trying.

    About that Karma you feel is taking far too long. I promise, the moment you let it go and give it not one more thought, she'll pounce on those ogres and bring them a wake-up call they will never forget!........Peace, Paula

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    Yves 7 months ago

    I'm still waiting for my enemies to experience Karma, but so far, they're still living high off the hog. Ha! Consequently, I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. I do think that what we reap, we sow---in the long term, and that is sort of like Karma.

    Also, when we do what is right, we reap peace of mind in the short term. In the end, it all seems to work out for those of us who live in countries where law and order abides. However, in some countries, there is no justice. None. Innocent people suffer needlessly and will keep doing so until they die. They never see a reward for their goodness.

    I will also say that true narcissists, having no empathy, seem to avoid Karma to a degree. On the other hand, my understanding is that they live in a state of fear, so yes, that is a form of Karma.

    As for Deepak, I don't really like his work. To me, he is not clear. But I do agree with The Dalhi Lama's assertion that our enemies are our teachers----even if their lessons are really tough.

    In short, this is a wonderful hub. It makes us think. That is always a good thing.

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    Paula 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nithya.....Hello! Have not seen you for quite some time. I am glad you chose to stop by to read about Karma. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Have a wonderful day!..Peace, Paula

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    Nithya Venkat 7 months ago from Dubai

    Great article about Karma. What we sow is what we reap. As you have mentioned, it is important to take the time to spread happiness and care for others, and one day it will come right back to us in some form.

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    Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Asif Good to see you out & about, gathering positive Karma. There are so many ways to believe in this concept ....and I understand why we do! It is a comfort to realize we needn't be concerned with avenging the wrongs that come into our lives. Thank you for offering your thoughts. Peace, Paula

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    asifahsankhan 9 months ago

    "What goes around, does come around....Every time!" - One true fact!

    Impressive post as usual.

    Cheers! : )

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    paula 14 months ago

    Pat.....How sweet of you to take the time to stop by. You, your darling grandson & family are in my heart, wishing health & good news comes your way. You are never far from all the love & compassion reaching out to you............Paula

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    Patricia Scott 14 months ago

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

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    Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 20 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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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Nell Rose 20 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 but....lol!

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Doug Cutler 22 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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    Ashly Christen 23 months ago from Illinois

    Ain't that the truth!!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Nell Rose 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Nadine May 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Robin Grosswirth 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    Chandrashekhar Siva 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    FreeHelpForFelons 2 years 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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    Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

    Peace :)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Akriti Mattu 2 years 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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    Rayne123 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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!

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    Mary Hyatt 2 years 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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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    VJG 2 years 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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    Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

    I also agree with the hubber about OJ. LOL

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

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

    Do Unto Others As You Would Have Then Do Unto You....works 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Rod Martin Jr 3 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.

    http://perceivingreality.com

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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 sow.....it 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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    PurvisBobbi44 3 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.

    Hugs,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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 Dzy...how much more can we "the people" take and for how much longer....before the rumbling erupts?? Take care my friend.

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    Liz Elias 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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".....it 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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    Liz Elias 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Brian Leekley 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    Elena 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Sharon Vile 3 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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    Wayne Brown 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Sharon Vile 3 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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    Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    A very interesting article ...as 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 existance ...

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Don Bobbitt 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Devika Primić 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    dearabbysmom 3 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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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    molometer 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    Fascinating subject Karma.

    May I use this with my students, Paula?

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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 perfect.....it 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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    Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

    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

    Shyron

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Jo_Goldsmith11 3 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. :-)

    Shalom

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 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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    Grace Marguerite Williams 3 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Ganesh 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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.

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    Marilyn Alexander 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes...it 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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    Live To Write 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    IAmForbidden 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    Janis Leslie Evans 4 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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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Break of Dawn 4 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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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 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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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mazzy....

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

    M.T.......

    You are safe, dear. Karma acts independently of anyone or anything. Nothing we, as mere mortals, can say or do ...as 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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    Shasta Matova 5 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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    Mazzy Bolero 5 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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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Cuz we all shine on...like 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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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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 visible.....as 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 hair-styles.....lol!

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    Jaye Denman 5 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++++

    Jaye

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    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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    HubTub 5 years ago

    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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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    DMVmimay 5 years ago

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