What Is Karma and How Does It Work? Part 1


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.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about Karma. In the meanwhile here’s another post on Karma for you > https://empress2inspire.blog/2020/06/09/karma/

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Miriam says:

    These are all good descriptions of Karma and yes, I believe too that it can be changed, through our actions.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes rightly said Miriam. In simple terms, your destiny is decided by your karma. Every human has the power to change his destiny by changing his karma. Only we can create the future that we want. One has no power to control their karma but has all the power to change the karma.

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      1. Arizona says:

        So once I understand the purpose of karma and it’s connection to suffering it makes total sense.

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      2. GS says:

        Some people don’t believe in karma — I used to be one of them — but I’ve found that it can manifest in many different ways. This mystical force can affect all facets of life, but it seems to especially present itself in love. … Those who have been hurt or scorned by a loved one become wounded and are unable to trust.


  2. KarlyLou says:

    I’ve never believed in Karma more than I do right now. I feel like I was punched in the face by karma. Punched real hard

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    1. GS says:

      The Akashic Beings of Light have told us that forgiveness can heal Karma. You may have some Karma to complete in your life, like all of us do, and it may be with one or more family members. … It’s important to know that Karma is not a punishment. Rather, it is the completion of a lesson our soul chose to learn.

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      1. KarlyLou says:

        Oh my goodness I love forgiveness. Both giving and receiving. And I know when we live a life of forgiveness it is healthy. I didn’t know this was also connected to karma.

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      2. GS says:

        Yes 🙌🏼

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