The concept of Karma is perhaps the most famous concept in Indian philosophy. It is a Sanskrit term that literally means „action“ or „doing“.
Sanskrit is a sacred language of Hinduism and Buddhism, it is also philosophical language of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.
What is Karma?
The meaning of Karma is simple, whatever you do to others it will be done to you, in this or any future incarnation of your soul. In other words do good things and good things will come your way.
The concept of Karma was introduced to Indian philosophy even before the advent of Buddha.
But it was the Buddha who formulated and explained the doctrine of Karma in the way we have it now.
- Why should one person be born in wealth, with good moral and physical qualities, and another in absolute poverty?
- How come one person is born smart, and another one born with an intellectual disability?
- How come some people are born physically deformed, crippled, blind…?
- Why are some people blessed with good health , and others cursed all their lifes?
Either this unfairness is entirely random, or there is reason why this things are happening to us.
People often blame others for their misfortune. But that is of course absolutely wrong. Mankind needs to learn to be fully responsible for they actions.
So What is Karma? Karma explains why bad things like illness and disasters are happening to some people, and why other may enjoy in happiness, wealth and in joyful life in general.
In other words on this world nothing is happening to us that we didn’t deserve with our actions.
The Law of Karma
The law of Karma is very logical and has been known for thousands of years. It is known in Buddhist teachings, as well as in many other religions, such as Hinduism, Sikhism and even in Christianity.
The law is so simple and it is hard to believe that some people think that they may somehow get around it. If you kick a wall , it is obvious you will damage the wall but you will eventually hurt yourself too.
If you insult someone you may cause harm to that person, but the law of Karma requires you to experience the similar pain. This is happening in order for you to learn to behave in way Karma teaches us.
Your actions ( karmic seeds) that you make , attract people around you, that have similar karma as yourself. If your karmic seeds are bad you will attract bad people again and again.
You will attract such kind of people until you learn to control your actions and your mind. Striving for peaceful environment will also help in changing your state of mind
This law applies not only to the people it also applies how you treat animals, plants or any other living beings.
Our life is result of our past actions and a result of our own view on life.
To understand karma, you have to understand the power of thoughts. The universe is ultimately not made of matter but from consciousness. The power of will focuses energy, and that energy acts on matter.
Therefore matter is in fact energy. Every act and every thought brings appropriate consequences.
So What Happens When We Die? Do we suffer? Why are we being punished? Human suffering is not a sign of the wrath of God or a wrath of nature towards mankind. In fact, human suffering is sign of man’s ignorance towards divine law. And that law truly works.
God created souls in his own image. Not even the greatest sinner cannot be forever cursed. The final cause cannot have infinite consequences. Because of the abuse of free will, man can experience themselves as evil, but inside is the son of God.
Since man was created in God’s image, his misconception is temporary. Because of this temporary delusion he thinks of himself as mortal. As long as we are burdened with mortality, we will inevitably suffer.
Misconceptions about mortality may extend to many reincarnation of the soul. However, due to our own efforts and under the influence of the eternal law of God, we begin to realize to recall our home in God and we attain wisdom. Due to enlightenment we begin to remember God’s eternal character and we begin to re-unite with the cosmic consciousness.
The 4 Types of Karma Made Clear
1. Sanchita Karma
This is karma we have created with our actions in our past lives. It defines our karma in this life and also defines our future opportunities in this life.
2. Prarabdha Karma
It’s part of Sanchita karma that has emerged in this life because of our past life experience. This type of karma we encounter on a daily basis. With the mantra technique we can influence on our physical and spiritual existence and only in that way we can change the destiny of Prarabdha karma.
3. Agami Karma
It comes from this life, which has an impact on our next reincarnation. We can compare this karma with seeds and how we sow them so. For example, if you have been pious in this life, it means that in the next life you will continue with your piety or if you have killed someone in this life then you can expect the same thing awaits you in the next life.
4. Kriyamana Karma
These are reactions in this life to what we are doing. This is so called “Instant Karma”.
Only we are responsible for own happiness and for own misfortune.
We are in charge of our own life , we are the masters of our own destiny