BEtween friends: Karma PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:35

By Linda Cababa-Espinosa, Ed. D.

 

The principle of Karma is Hindu in origin and is understood in several different ways depending on the type of Asian religion that believes and seeks to explain it. Reduced to its simplest form, however, Karma is a universal principle that may be stated thus:  You do good, and good comes back to you.  You do bad, and bad comes back to you.  Or, what you sow is what you reap.

Another way of explaining it is through the principle of cause and effect:  The effect of an action is always equal to its cause.

These statements amount to the same idea:  that whatever we do to others in this world comes back to us by way of reward or punishment depending on our original action.

The presence of the principle of Karma in our lives though seems not to have wakened the consciousness of many to it. News reports on radio and television and newspapers dwell more on the evil that men do instead of the good and we can see that today, more than ever, there is so much more trouble, crime and violence inspite of the efforts exerted by individuals and peace organizations for a better world.

Of course, one reason could be that there are so many who think Karma is a myth, a superstition and adhering to it is a waste of time.  Others simply have not heard about it although they are aware that good things happen to us sometimes, and bad things at other times.  So, we go on with our lives unconscious of the psychic connections that the good that has just happened is related to the good we did to or for someone yesterday or eight months ago, and the bad that has just happened is punishment for the bad we did three months or even a year ago.  The business of living keep us almost completely preoccupied that we don’t even think of making connections at all.  We simply and automatically rejoice with the good that comes our way without even trying to think why or how we deserved it and suffer and deal with the bad without also trying to identify the base cause.

But many people attest that Karma does exist.  It is real.  All the unbeliever has to do is to give himself a chance to observe that, indeed, the people who do good are so much happier because they find satisfaction and fulfillment in God, and hence, peace and tranquility in their lives, regardless of their religion and social status – because good keeps coming back to them.

As for the people who do bad – need we say more…?