The term “karma” is often used with great casualness, with little understanding of its profundity. People dismissively say “it’s my karma,” suggesting that their destiny or fate is merely the luck or bad fortune of the draw. 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.
Here is what karma is
- Karma never implies judgement, punishment or reward. The word “karma” is Sanskrit for “action” and it refers to the law of actions and their effects. Karma is a neutral law of the universe, like gravity; it is never suggestive of any kind of punishment or reward.
- There is no “instant karma”. Most of the events of this life have their origination in actions we created in previous lives. As the great Kadampa master Atisha said, “If the things you wish for do not come, it is due to karma created long ago; therefore, keep a happy and relaxed mind.”
- The purpose of understanding and believing in karma is to prevent future suffering. Buddha taught on karma for the purpose of helping living being to avoid harmful actions that create suffering and to generate positive minds and actions that create happiness.
- Karma can be changed. Karma is not fate or destiny. We can change our karma through skilful actions, such as patience, and through special practices designed to help us purify negative karma.
- Negative actions cause suffering, positive actions lead to happiness. If you believe this, then you already believe in karma.
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