Karma buddhism 2018

This is about the philosophical idea, for the wrestler with a similar , see .

Karma (car-ma) is a word meaning the of a person's as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the of and . According to the theory of Karma, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions. It is an important part of many such as and

The theory of karma can be thought to be an extension to Newton's third law of action and reaction where every action of any kind including words, thoughts feelings, the totality of our existence, will eventually have a reaction, same type of energy coming back to the one that caused it. It implies that absolutely nothing exists, which does not comply with the law of cause and effect. On the scale of the Universe it would imply absolute determinism of all actions, feelings, thoughts and developments for the past and for the future making both calculable, if the current state of the Universe would be known fully.

In terms of spiritual development, Karma is about all that a person has done, is doing and will do. Karma is not about or . It makes a person for their own life, and how they treat other people.

The "Theory of Karma" is a major in , , , , and . All living are responsible for their karma - their actions and the effects of their actions.


Karma as and : if we show goodness, we will reap goodness.

Karma is the universal of and effect. Our , both good and bad, come back to us in the future, helping us to learn from life’s lessons and become better people. In religions that include , karma extends through one's present and all past and future lives as well.

Karma is basically . One person throws out through thoughts, words and , and it comes back, in time, through other people. Karma is the best , forcing people to face the consequences of their actions and thus improve and refine their behavior, or suffer if they do not. Even harsh karma, when faced in , can be the greatest spark for spiritual growth. The conquest of karma lies in and .

Supporting any action, with the claim, "I am doing it," is karma. Claiming doership of any action, binds karma. To support the action with the belief 'I am the doer' is called binding the karma. It is this support of the belief of 'doership' that binds karma. If you know that you are not the doer and are aware of who the true doer is, 'I am not the doer' and 'who is the doer' then the action will not have any support and the karma will be shed.

Examples of karma[ | ]

The process of and on all levels—physical, mental and spiritual—is karma. One must pay attention to thoughts, because can make karmas—good, bad and mixed.

“I say kind words to you, and you feel peaceful and happy. I say harsh words to you, and you become ruffled and upset. The kindness and the harshness will return to me, through others, at a later time. Finally, what I give is what I get back.”

“An thinks creative, productive thoughts while drawing plans for a new building. But were he to think destructive, unproductive thoughts, he would soon not be able to accomplish any kind of positive task even if he desired to do so.”

look at as a , as things cycle around again. Karma is a very just law which, like gravity, treats everyone the same. The law of karma puts man at the center of responsibility for everything he does and everything that is done to him. Understanding the way karma works, try to live a virtuous life. This is called .

There are three types of karma in Hinduism:

  1. , the sum total of past karmas yet to be resolved;
  2. , that portion of sanchita karma that is to be experienced in this life; and
  3. , the karma that humans are currently creating, which will bear fruit in future.

The role of divine forces[ | ]

Karma is considered one of the natural laws of the , just as gravity is a law of matter. Just as created gravity to bring order to the physical world, He created karma as a divine system of that is self-governing and infinitely fair. It automatically creates the appropriate future experience in response to the current .

Several different views exist in regarding the role of divine beings. In Hinduism, many see the deities or as playing some kind of role. Other Hindus, such as the , reject such notions and see karma as acting independently, considering the natural laws of causation sufficient to explain the effects of karma.

Some interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita suggest an intermediate view, that karma is a law of cause and effect yet can mitigate karma for His devotees. It is said in Bhagavad Gita that only the karma that is done with a sense of doership and with attachment to the karma could cause good or bad reactions. Karma that is done with an attitude of duty and without attachment to the results will not create any effect and will move one closer to God.

Another view holds that a , acting on God's behalf, can mitigate or work out some of the karma of the disciple.

  1. 15th February 2018
  2. , What is Karma ?
  3. Satguru , "Ten Questions people ask About Hinduism …and ten terrific answers!" (p. 5)
  4. Pratima Bowes, The Hindu Religious Tradition 54-80 (Allied Pub. 1976)  
  5. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. II, at 217-225 (18th reprint 1995)  
  6. Alex Michaels, Hinduism: Past and Present 154-56 (Princeton 1998)  
  7. Verses 4:14, 9.22 and 18.61
  8. Yogananda, Paramahansa, Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 21  

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