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Can You Dismiss Karma?

We all know about Karma

We all talk of Karma and are aware of its effects.

We tend to ignore Karma since we give the least importance to it.

Some even feel Karma is nonsense!

Is Karma a bad thing?

We love to talk about Karma negatively. It’s sad but Karma doesn’t care!

Karma is not a retribution system. Karma simply means ‘Action’.

Karma is neither good nor bad.

Life is both fair and unfair. It’s just a balancing mechanism.

Karma is the exchange of similar energy from one form to another

But we never realize that our day-to-day actions (mental, vocal, and physical) in the form of thoughts, communications, words we use or used with others can have a chain of reaction; this applies to sweet words or harsh words, a good deed or a cruel deed.

Thus we are the ‘Cause’ of Karma and Karma does its part in the form of ‘Effect’!

It means that either you are rewarded or punished.

Based on our past experience and present sufferings we are undergoing, we conclude and create a narrative that Karma is in action and we look at Karma in fear!

My dear friend nothing is far from the truth.

Life is much more chaotic than your problems and there are too many things going on which you cannot see or imagine, which is responsible for your present state of affairs.

Karma is nothing but randomness and chaos trying to balance equilibrium.

Are you aware of the Butterfly Effect?

Edward Lorenz, a professor at MIT, postulated the butterfly effect.

It talks about how nature works (scientifically).

The simple flap of a butterfly in one corner of the world can ultimately cause a tornado in the other corner!

It refers to how an insignificant occurrence could influence the world in a major way.

To put it simply… you cannot give a specific reason for an event that has happened. It can be due to multiple reasons culminating in that effect.

Nothing is under your control, though you may try to pinpoint the reason.

Can we influence the ‘effects’ of Karma?

Certainly my friend.

You can’t predict the reaction of Karma, but you can influence how Karma acts in our lives.

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character, and character fixes your destiny.” — Tryon Edwards

If your acts are positive, the reaction you get is also positive (loving, compassionate, and harmonious, etc.).

If your action is creating negative vibrations, the reactions and outcomes are equally negative (harm, exploitation, hatred, etc.).

We need to be mindful of the potential consequences of our actions so that we don’t invite negative reactions.

The most important things are our intentions and actions

I shall give some examples.

  1. Giving away money does not necessarily result in receiving money. If you donate money for a selfish reason, the vibration created here is selfishness (negative energy) and you can’t expect a positive outcome, so you receive a negative consequence of Karma.
  2. If you want people to respect you, first, you must start respecting them.
  3. If you wish for a peaceful world, it’s not by arguing or convincing others forcefully to your point. Instead, you have to act and behave peacefully.
  4. No debt goes unpaid!
  5. Always show gratitude, today you are able to eat your bread not because you could purchase it but because somebody toiled to produce it. Even your ability to purchase the bread depends on your Karma (There are billions of people who go hungry daily because they can’t afford to buy bread).
  6. Your ego is the biggest contributor to your Karma in a negative way.

Choice

Life is nothing but perception and each person has got their own views on anything and everything under the Sun (There is nothing wrong with it).

But my only request is don’t just look at things from your point of view and stick to it… also think others’ points of view, and decide how different it is.

In this context, you can judge which is correct and which is not.

This is what is known as ‘Choice‘.

God has given us this unique power to be able to choose the righteous path.

The whole Karma concept is confusing

Agreed my friend.

I will only ask you 2 simple questions and you can try to answer; based on your answer, I can tell whether you are getting dragged into Karmic whirlpool.

  1. Am I doing the correct thing?
  2. Have I chosen the wrong path?

Karma doesn’t care whether the person is right or wrong… but is aware of the consequences of your action and reacts accordingly.

Some of us are scared of our future because we know that our Karma can have devastating results if we are not on the right path.

Some of us are not bothered and continue life as per wish.

It’s up to you to take the path you wish. Nobody is forcing you to be good or to be bad.

OK, I shall give another example

You saw a beautiful butterfly that got trapped in a spider web and struggling to escape while the spider is busy putting a net around it.

What do you do? If you help the butterfly, the spider can starve. If you allow the spider to continue attacking the helpless butterfly, the butterfly dies, though you could have saved the butterfly.

What are you supposed to do at this stage?

The point I am stressing is to leave things to destiny. Let Nature takes its own course. Nature knows the best.

What does this teach us?

Whatever difficulties we undergo, Nature has its way of solving it. Don’t interfere. See the difficulties not with a negative attitude but with positive ones.

Knowingly or unknowingly, you are the cause of Karma because you love to interfere with others at every level; either directly or indirectly by your thoughts, words, and actions which may interfere with the natural culmination.

I know that you are still wondering what it is that I am trying to convey

Read further…

“While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn’t. It’s a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you’re determined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavoury, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person’s entire life story — their cumulative past. And to just barge in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin to robbing them of their journey. Something that’s better not done.”  Alyson Noel

Gita says:

karmaṇy evādhikāras te
mā phaleṣu kadācana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr
mā te saṅgo ’stv akarmaṇi

Translation:

You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. — Quora

Take home message

  • Karma is a natural law. It has got nothing to do with whether you are good or bad.
  • Things happening in this world at this moment be it good or bad… are not under your control.
  • You need not even think or try to find out why good and innocent people are suffering or why bad people are going scot-free. It’s not your job. It is given due care by Karma.

“No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you’re lucky, God will let you watch.” — Unknown

  • “Karma has no deadline“. The effect of Karma can be immediate or a bit late or after you die! {don’t get excited that you are not there (On earth) to watch its effects, but unfortunately, you will be watching from hell!!}
  • You are not punished for your sins but by your sins.
  • The philosophy of action is that no one else is the giver of peace or happiness. Your own actions will bring the same.

“Nature runs a restaurant called Karma. It’s a place where there is no need to place an order. You are automatically served what you deserve.” — Unknown

  • If you are constantly worried about the effects of Karma and forget to do your duty or responsibility, you also attract bad Karma.

Please share your views on this difficult and complex subject.

Finally

If you have read my post in its entirety… that is my Karma. Thank you.

If you have not read it or refused to scroll through it… or got bored and moved on… that is also my Karma. Thank you.

If I am able to interact with wonderful people like you via WordPress, it’s my good Karma. Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

About the guest author:

Dr. Sridhar is the man behind Philosophy Through Photography.

This deep thinker from India wears many hats; he is a physician, a blogger, a philosopher and an amateur photographer.

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My philosophy is: Life is hard, but God is good. Try not to confuse the two. Anne F. Beiler

26 thoughts on “Can You Dismiss Karma?

  1. I am a follower of Christ, so I do not subscribe to karma, not in those terms. The Bible does say we reap what we sow. On the other hand, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So if we all get what we deserve, Heaven is going to be a very lonely place. I am a grateful recipient of Grace (God’s riches at Christ’s expense) and believe in paying it forward by loving and forgive others as I have been loved and forgiven.

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  2. We are back to the question of choice, it seems. One’s choice of action determines the consequence, and you call it Karma. The way you present it, it’s not fatalistic at all, contrary to popular perception.

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  3. I’ve also heard the idea that karma is an illusion and that everything that happens to us is what we’ve agreed to prior to our lives; in the hopes of learning object lessons and growing.

    At the very least, I think karma CAN be at least delayed strictly by a denial of it. Look at all the bad people who get away with their behavior and thrive. The foreign corporations that build plants in India and treat your rivers as toxic waste dumps for example. I know my recent post complaining about my local water quality must have seemed a bit ironic in that light, lol. Either way, I’ve read multiple schools of spiritual / metaphysical thinking that say we get what we expect, not what we want or deserve. Karma DOES seem to catch up to some people sooner or later though.

    As for the butterfly effect; junk science. It contradicts Newton’s Laws of Motion. Energy dissipates over time and distance. Otherwise I could shout and you’d hear me in India, OR you could throw a baseball to Mars and it would keep getting faster the entire journey.

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  4. Thank you for stopping by the Deskraven Mental Health Forum Blog! In return, I set out to view some your work. I think Karma is a great subject of debate. I suppose it depends on your sensibility and spirituality. I do not adhere to any organized religion, although I do believe in God, good energy begets good energy, and the same can be said of the negative. This is proven by things like theories of limiting beliefs. The things we tell ourselves and the way we set our intentions toward the world around us can definitely influence our circumstances. The relationship between the mind and that universe is a powerful thing. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Many years ago as a military guy I came home and got a hug from a young upstairs apartment neighbor girl. We’ve been married ever since. 10 minutes later I would’ve missed that hug and been on a prearranged date with someone else. My kinda karma.
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