Karma – My Religion!

Posted on September 15, 2011
Location: London
Karma – My Religion!

For the very reason that it brings all the religions together & into a common understanding and belief – I prefer Karma being followed as a universal religion and I am already one of the early subscriber to the same. I remember being taught about Karma by my grand-parents; from very early age though appropriate story telling to substantiate the belief.

Western interpretation:

Many western cultures have a notion of karma, as demonstrated in the phrase what goes around comes around. The concepts of reaping what you sow, violence begets violence and live by the sword, die by the sword are Christian expressions similar to karma. Some observers have compared the action of karma to Western notions of sin and judgment by God or gods, while others understand karma as an inherent principle of the universe without the intervention of any supernatural being.

Islam:

Although Islam views all human dramas as the will of God, the Quran states that the good or bad fortunes that befall man are the results of God’s reactions to man’s own actions.

Hinduism:

Hindu views that karma is merely a law of cause and effect but rather is also dependent on the will of a personal supreme God. A good summary of this theistic view of karma is expressed by the following: “God does not make one suffer for no reason nor does He make one happy for no reason. God is very fair and gives you exactly what you deserve.” Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts.

Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment. Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny. According to the Vedas, if one sows goodness, one will reap goodness; if one sows evil, one will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.

Think about it – it is easy to follow, appreciated across all regions and can be respected by all human races.

I honestly felt the usage of Karma an instrument to live a peaceful life, lost long time ago. Now; another religion has taken over the goodness of Karma, and that is the religion of selfishness and greed for material gain more than essential. Recent globalization is to blame for to some extent; which introduced many options in front of us; to confuse us; as to what exactly should be priority in our life. Goodness of Karma was lost somewhere long time ago, fighting for its identity against huge success of selfishness in current time.

If I believe the cycle of Karma or cycle of life – good and bad take their turn and follow each other. I sincerely hope we all get back to a new age of karmic life, a peaceful and harmonious life ahead. God bless!

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