What is Karma?

There is much mystery surrounding the word Karma, and lots of sayings associated with its meaning. In this article, I will try to throw some light on what it actually is and how popular sayings, such as ‘It will come home to roost’, or ‘They will get what’s coming to them’ have originated.

There is also a lot of fear around Karma and people think that God, Shiva or the universe will punish them in some way for their wrong-doings. While this may be true, Karma can also work in your favor too. For example, Karma states that if we do a good deed for somebody then good things will come back to us in return. Read on for a more detailed analysis of this fascinating subject.

The Law of Karma

The interpretation is that unkind or evil intent, will be re-focused back to the wrong-doer and that they will pay the penalty and suffer for the infliction on another person. This is the basis of what has become accepted as the Law of Karma. That what we give out we will receive back. There is also much speculation that the reflected actions may not necessarily happen in this lifetime, but the philosophy is also a strong believer in the next and subsequent lives.

There are many different interpretations of the law. However, the root of it seems to stem from ancient Indian thinking. Here is a great article on the Indian perspective of Karma.

In life we create situations on a daily basis when we interact with other people and some of these interactions may not be what we intended. Anger with another person is an example of inflicting my anger on a person who is then affected by my anger. This, in turn, has the effect of me being happy if the other person is suffering. I create an atmosphere that I have damaged my enemy and in so doing enlightened my own suffering.

Whether the intention is good or bad the action causes an effect that is tangible, and the side effects could have an unintended outcome on other people around us. Is it possible to imagine our world in which no one harms another person in any way? Someone who harms a person, or is harmed by a person, in return. This cannot exist because the human race is made up of people who harm others and are wrongly thinking that no recourse will come of it.

Karma is created in this very second and is continued through habit whether it be good Karma or bad Karma. Karma is not hiding in the shadows ready to reward us or punish us, it is within ourselves and controllable by our actions. When we speak and act without thinking we may well be introducing bad Karma unintentionally. In an ideal world, we would find a way of changing our habits to create good Karma which would then be returned to us at a later time.

Creating good Karma

A desirable state to strive for is one of understanding of oneself and of appreciation to those around us. To comprehend and understand how those affected by our actions will then go on to have a positive or negative effect on other human beings. Knowing an aggressor can be transformed if we reacted in a different way to how they imagined.

Instead of shouting and screaming abuse in return to an affliction try to understand why a person is so aggressive. Building a relationship on understanding another person’s point of view will have the benefits of a more stable life and an assurance of good Karma returned sooner or in another existence.

Karma is also an important consideration when in a relationship with another person. Our actions, no matter how small, will affect the other person in that relationship. Therefore, we can be creating good or bad Karma with them along the way. It is important to always stay mindful of your actions and words to your spouse or lover and if you have wronged or offended your partner then you should look to apologise and make amends as soon as possible in order to help your relationship and to also negate the bad Karma. If you are concerned that you have bad Karma that you need to resolve then read this great article seven tips to negate bad Karma, here.

Looking to astrology can also help to determine where bad Karma may have been accumulated and offer some suggestions on how you can rectify and change it in order to create a more happy life for yourself. Therefore, relationship astrology can be very helpful in maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner.

For more insights into how Karma works, see this video by Leo, below.