Earth is round, so is Karma!
Karma is basically a Sanskrit word which means ‘action’ but for South Asian Religions (and Philosophy) but its name is not totally linked to a single thing but over a period of time, it has gained various meanings and connotations. Precisely, the term karma connects actions and results.
Good and bad happenings experienced in this life are collective results of deeds that a person has committed in this life and their previous lives. This is known as the Law of Karma and it is regarded as a natural and universal law. Karma not only justifies the present situation of an individual but also rationalizes the cycle of birth and death (or samsāra) which is common in South Asian Philosophy.
The idea of Karma first appeared in the oldest Hindu text the Rigveda (before c. 1500 BCE) with a limited meaning of ritual action which it continues to hold in the early ritual dominant scriptures until its philosophical scope is extended in the later Upanishads (c. 800 BCE – 300 BCE).
Laws Of Karma
1. As you sow, so shall you reap
Our thought and actions have consequences – good or bad. If we desire peace, love, harmony, prosperity, etc. we must be willing to act accordingly.
2. Our own growth is beyond any circumstances
The only thing we have control over is ourselves. The subsequent action (or inaction) of motive will yield either positive or negative circumstance in our lives.
3. Refusal to accept ‘what is’ will still be ‘what is’
Simply put, we must first accept the present circumstances in order to change them. In focusing on the negative instead of making changes to address the negative, we’re committing to a zero-sum result.
4. Everything in the Universe is connected, both large and small
Our past, present and future are all connected. As such, we must put in the work to change these connections if we desire something different. No step – first, intermediate or last is more important in the accomplishment of a task. All are equally required.
5. One cannot direct attention beyond a single task
Relating to our spiritual growth, we cannot have negative thoughts or actions and expect to grow spiritually. We must direct full attention to achieve any desired task.
6. What we desire comes through participation
As we are one with the Universe, our intentions determine the evolution of creation. Since what we surround ourselves with becomes part of us, it’s our responsibility to ensure these surroundings are conducive to our desires.
7. History repeats itself unless changed
Conscious commitment to change is the only method of influencing the past. History will continue along an unconstructive path until positive energies direct it elsewhere.
8. Nothing of value is created without a patient mindset
No one can escape hard work through wishful thinking. Our rewards are claimed only through patience and persistence, nothing else.
9. The best reward is one that contributes to the whole
Energy and intentions are vital components that determine the significance of an end-result. Ideally, love and passion embody the motives of one that resolves to leave a lasting impression on the whole.