Karma: The Ultimate Power of the Universe
What Is Karma?
- Karma can be both good and bad.
- If you do good deeds in this life, your next life will have positive consequences.
- If you do bad deeds in this life, your next life will have negative consequences.
- Karma is the effect of your actions.
- Live your life attracting good karma in your present and future.
Karma: The Law of Cause and Effect
Most are familiar with the law of karma or have at least heard of it. I embrace karma at all times, as I have simply never seen it fail. Karma feeds my inner peace, for I know all actions are returned, often ten-fold. This is the case regardless of whether an action is evil or it is good. The return on good action is easily welcomed with gratitude and grace. It is an evil action that man must fear committing, because, as I've said above, the law of karma says that no debt in the universe goes unpaid.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Karma will forever be the most authentic and powerful of my spiritual beliefs. I believe in the pure existence of karma and trust it implicitly—something I am unable to do with humans. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Chopra lists karma as the third law, saying "[e]very action generates a force of energy that returns to us, in like kind...what we sow is what we reap."
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is one of the clearest instructional pieces of work you will find regarding karma. According to Chopra, the intricacies of the universe permeate our everyday lives. Pulling from his cultural roots, Chopra instructs his readers in a step-by-step guide on how to implement the laws of karma. Once you have read this fascinating book, you will want to reference it time and again for Chopra's sage advice.
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
What Is Your Karma?
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 you 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've caused.
Down each road there is always someone who is far worse or far better than those you've met in the past. In our hearts, we all know what we deserve; just look to the law of karma.
How to Attract Good Karma
- Be mindful as you make the choices in your life each day.
- Be fully conscious of your interactions with your fellow man.
- Give the love, respect, and honesty that you expect to receive.
- Keep your anger and tolerance in check.
- One hateful act of vengeance is exactly what your enemy wants. In fact, the best revenge is to rise above, move forward, and trust fully in the law of karma.
- You owe those who 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.— Dalai Lama
OJ Simpson as an Example
OJ Simpson is an example of karma finally coming to fruition. After all, he'll experience no more golfing, girlfriends, autographs, or freedom, being locked up for 33 years. Did OJ Simpson truly believe he was untouchable, above reproach? If he did, it had little effect on his impending karmic interruption in the form of imprisonment.
It's possible he banked on paying his way out of the justice system. He thought that, by fooling a panel of 12 peers, he would leave the trial scot-free. Karma held OJ's debt in a safe place and came to reap its due. For karma, it's never a matter of "if", but merely a matter of "when."
This infamous, public example of karmic retribution is dated, but its aura is ever present in the lives of each and every one of us. Never doubt this for a moment.
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
With growing awareness of the oneness and connectedness of all humanity, more people are focusing on karma and its effects. From the nameless person on the street to professors, celebrities, neighbors, and friends, we hear the unique and personal translations of what it means to them.
The quote above by the Dalai Lama is one I will remember forever, even if it seems it's a difficult one to accept. After all, we don't like our enemies nor do we want to try to empathize with them. By doing so, we will more deeply understand what it is we should not do.
Each day we should try to give love and happiness to others. It's only then we can begin to expect it in return. If we choose to dramatize the least of slights, we attempt to make ourselves a victim as we blame others, deflecting responsibility. When we demean and belittle an equal, do we not do this to ourselves as well?
All of this chaos creates negativity and anger, and we set ourselves up for failure. Like a vicious cycle, our actions and reactions travel full-circle, boomerang-style, right back at us.
There's only one way to share wisdom—person to person, day by day, through giving and sharing in a cause-and-effect process. Keep in mind: What goes around comes around.
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© 2012 Paula