Few philosophies that I like can resonate with, that can express my feelings or concepts that simply I needed to hear and be inspired by.
A week of philosophies. 7 different ways to look and learn about various aspects and views of life.
7 days to learn new, different 7 philosophies and incorporate these learnings into my life.
Day 6 September 16th 2018
Today’s philosophy: Karma
What is Karma?
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
— Elbert Hubbard
“What goes around comes around.” That’s the basic rule of Karma. How Karma functions.
This use of the term suggests a lack of personal power or responsibility for being at both the cause and the effect of what occurs in one’s life. Using the phrase “it’s my karma” suggests victimhood, and karma is anything but victimhood.
Just as gravity is a law of the physical world, so is karma a law of the spiritual world. We are held responsible for our actions and, more precisely, for the intention of our actions. This responsibility exists within the context of an individual soul’s relationship with God. When one deliberately disobeys the will of God, karma is accrued. It is the intent of one’s actions that generate karma.
Why this scares and intrigues me?
Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.
— Sakyong Mipham
To be punished or to be gifted for our actions and deeds.
I never believed in the whole Karma notion a few years back, but my good and wrong actions got what it deserved and gave me what I needed to have in a whole different way and story. It always did. Yet I never believed in it why?
When my friend told me about Karma, I still had a hard time believing it, but then I did a reflection on life and it’s workings. That’s when it hit me. It was there all this time. It really was there it really did exist.
This has now become a concept I truly believe in but also wonder why it works and exists. Both for good and bad. I often would wonder how the world would function if not for this.
Would people be pursuing the wrong actions and never get punished for it? What about the good folks, will they get what they deserve? How and why?
There are times when Karama has worked in the worst ways possible, and I wonder why. I wonder why for my family, friends and myself. What heinous actions have we done to deserve the worst? Is it because of the actions of our loved ones that affect us? Or are these the actions that we have committed unknowingly?
I often wonder why God would do this? Sometimes the struggles we are being put through, I wonder why. Did we do something in our past lives to deserve this? Or does it just happen?
The world works in it’s fine and mysterious ways that can sometimes kill or fix people.
But then it also worked in the most amazing best ways as possible. I am not a very bad person, okay maybe in the deepest corners of my soul, I do wish people that I don’t like or who have done the absolute worst to my family and me should deserve the worst, or they should get a taste of their own medicine. And boy oh boy, have they got it!!
I have a love-hate relationship with this force. I can’t expect it to work in my favour at all times, but I also know that I can expect it to be my side and it will come to me when I deserve it.
So far, this year has given me all kinds of karma I deserved in both good and bad ways.
I often forget Karma at times and sometimes end up doing things that I am not so proud of and have also suffered from my actions in my own way.
If not now, then definitely later I have. Each bad and good story of my life teaches me different lessons and reminds me of one thing every time.
Things happen, sometimes they are meant to be and sometimes not. We should try to see the best in it, and also sometimes it’s okay we can’t adapt to it or see the best in everything. We should try. We should do good actions and deeds if we expect the world to be kind to us as well.
(A Special Thank You to this song for helping me out. Even though I didn’t understand some of the words in it, it still helped me connect more with Karma and also helped me write. So, Thank You for making this song. )
Quote to end the day with
A reminder to myself and to us all. Good actions get you good karma, and wrong actions get you the absolute worst from the lot.
-Roshni Marath Jairaj