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Karma

Everything that happens in your life, the world and the universe is just the result of something else that happened previously. We like to coddle ourselves when bad things are happening to us and we forget to link our current events with some past action. The Chaos Theory suggests that a butterfly can cause a hurricane, miles away and a few weeks later, after just by flapping its wings. The same cause and effect concept rules the universe and everything around us. We believe we are all-powerful and mighty beings and the truth is: we are. But that doesn’t mean we won’t suffer or have bad experiences. Consider the butterfly effect applied to your ordinary life, day to day and to the rest of your life. That means that everything you do, say and think, will get across large distances and cause some sort of effect. Buddhists call this effect karma and they believe, the hurricane you created by flapping your wings will eventually happen to you.

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Karma and Our Modern Lifestyles

Many people these days find it easier to go through life without many restrictions and moral values. That kind of behavior certainly makes their lives easier. They don’t think about other people, whether they’re hurting them or not, and they don’t care how their actions affect others’ lives. When you care only about yourself, your whole day can be free to think about new ways to improve it. In that mindset, everything is possible. Every goal is achievable and within stone's throw. You feel almighty, and nothing and no one can stand in your way to achieving whatever it is you want. That is a powerful feeling, which makes many people lose their way. With that approach to people and outlook on life itself, many people around you become meek. When people around you are submissive, their weakness becomes your power. And soon, you start to use that power to the extent where you act like a God and nothing can touch you. In the corporate world, radiating power will definitely win you a case or two. In your private life, the consequences for your self-seeking behavior will be countless. When you spend your days at work, the image you present there tends to facsimile in your private life. That’s why you will hear many times that you have to love your job, so that you don’t become a bitter, self-centered ignoramus who takes out his frustration on everyone he knows.

The Concept of Karma

All Hindus, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain philosophies are based on the idea of karma. The concept was first mentioned in the early Upanishads, written in the 1st millennium before our century. If you ever wondered why some people are born poor, while others rich, why someone dies from a disease, while others die of natural death, the law of karma explains these rules in details. There are demonic qualities and divine qualities. Demonic qualities are: materialism, violence, arrogance, dishonesty, pride, anger, lust, greed, ruggedness, conceit, ego and ignorance. The divine qualities are: non-violence, truthfulness, simplicity, charity, self-control, austerity, cleanliness and forgiveness. If you follow these guidelines and inspect your thoughts and actions selflessly, all Eastern religions say you will be able to clean even the bad karma from your past lives. According to many religious doctrines, we are all born where we’re born because of the lives we lived previously. An innocent person is sentenced to prison because he may have been a judge in his past lives, sending guiltless people to jail. Or you might be poor now, because in your past lives you have been a wealthy person, unwilling to share his riches with the less fortunate.

Another karma concept is that your actions in this life got you your current life setting. This is an idea that most of us can’t easily swallow. When the worse happens, we all try to blame someone else, which only brings a new karmic debt in our lives. What this law suggests is that, every one of your actions has to be calculated and you have to be sure no one gets hurt in the process. Hurting others according to Buddhism and Hinduism is the greatest sin. This sin includes hurting animals as well, and supporting others to hurt someone is just as bad as hurting them yourself. Sometimes our ordinary intellect doesn’t allow us to see what’s behind our goals and we pursue them without realizing how that goal affects our karma. You may think someone is very noble for giving money to charity or serving food to the homeless. However, if they are boasting about their magnanimity, that also brings bad karma. The thought behind the action is what counts. You can do many good things for thousands of people, but if in your mind you have other goals than serving others, that doesn’t make you a good person. In Hinduism, the supreme God Ishvara is the one who counts your good and bad deeds, but in case you don’t believe in any God, the laws of karma still apply to your life. It doesn’t matter what you believe in, because the law of karma is a nature’s law.

Think of it this way. A man lives a careless life, change partners every month and has no regard for the feelings of his lovers. His only goal is to win another woman, prove his worthiness and move to the next one. In his Don Juanic mind, one woman is not enough to massage his ego. A man with big ego needs more attention, praising and ovations. He loses interest once the current lover realizes how special he is and he has to find a new one. And a new one and a new one, until the time comes when one woman finally makes him fall in love. And she will be perfect. She will say all the right words, do the right things and behave like he always wanted. But the brain never forgets. It won’t forget the scummy tricks he pulled on women and fancy lines he made up. Every woman he has cheated on will cross his mind every time she goes out with her friends, stay late at work or go away on a business trip. One day she will be so perfect that he’ll start questioning whether or not he is good enough for her. Or maybe he won’t. Maybe his morals have sunk below any measurable level and he dwells in a shadowy realm, where all his past faults are somehow idyllically justified. In that case, he will be reborn as a woman, or even worse, a hopelessly romantic woman.

Cleansing your Karma

What’s best and at the same time, worse about karma is the fact that you can’t escape it. Karma is like a wave. Once you put something out there, whether it’s a word, a thought or some action, it will eventually come back at you. So if you are not ready to catch that boomerang, don’t throw it in the first place. If you judge, you will be judged, if you cheat you will be cheated on, if you lie you will be lied to. There doesn’t have to be a God if you want to believe you are the ruler of your own world, because fate is something we bring upon ourselves. We create our own future as we go along and we prepare the setting for what’s about to happen. The way you live your life, the way you talk to people and the actions you make are determining your future events. If you talk bad about everyone, eventually everyone will gather against you and once again you will be the bad one. On the other hand, if you are kind, hospitable and giving, those features will be the ones that will weed out the bad people from your life and show you where to find the good ones. Whenever you are ready for action, check your intentions first. Your intentions are the ones that actually make the deed good or bad.

Clean your mind from bad habits and low self-esteem. Sometimes, our negative thinking patterns are causing the bad karma. We are all endowed with great gifts, but if you put yourself down, it’s no one else’s fault but your own when you don’t succeed. Be grateful every time something good happens. All of us only care about bad karma, but when the good karma enters our lives, we forget about the role of the universe in it. And let love guide you. Feelings of love are what we all long for. Some people will never acknowledge that because they have been hurt many times and love seems like an imaginary feeling people used against them. Don’t close your heart to good and bad things, and embrace them equally hard. The Dalai Lama said he doesn’t judge the universe in his ways and neither should you. Because everything that’s happening now is either happening to teach you something or to change the path you’re on.

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