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Karma – What Goes Around, Comes Around

Written by: Rachael Burgess, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Karma is often thought of as a universal law that governs the consequences of our actions. The idea that our actions will come back to us in some form or another is a comforting thought for many and one that has been perpetuated by popular culture. However, the reality of karma is much more complex than most people believe.



In this article, we will explore the concept of karma and its limitations. We will look at how karma is often misinterpreted and how it can lead to harmful beliefs and practices. We will also examine how a more nuanced understanding of karma can lead to greater empathy and compassion.


What Is Karma?

Karma is a concept that originated in ancient Indian religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. It refers to the idea that our actions have consequences, either in our life or in future lives. Karma is often thought of as a moral law that governs the universe, rewarding good deeds and punishing bad deeds. However, the reality of karma is much more complex than this simplistic understanding. Karma is not a force that actively punishes or rewards us for our actions. It is not a system of divine justice that ensures that good people are rewarded and bad people are punished. Instead, karma is simply the natural consequence of our actions. Our actions have ripple effects that can extend far beyond our immediate surroundings. These effects can be positive or negative, depending on the nature of our actions.


The Types of Karma

Karma is not a one-dimensional concept; it has many dimensions and can be categorized into different types.

  • Sanchita Karma - Sanchita Karma is the accumulated karma of all our past lives. It is the total sum of all the good and bad actions we have taken in our previous lives. This karma is like a storehouse of seeds that will eventually sprout in our future lives.

  • Prarabdha Karma - Prarabdha Karma is the karma that we are currently experiencing in our present life. It is the result of our past actions that are now manifesting in our current life.

  • Kriyamana Karma - Kriyamana Karma is the karma that we are currently creating through our present actions. It is the karma that we will experience in our future lives.

  • Agami Karma - Agami Karma is the karma that is yet to come. It is the karma that we are creating right now, and it will manifest in our future lives.

The Limitations of Karma


One of the biggest misconceptions about karma is the idea that it guarantees justice. Many people believe that if they do good deeds, they will be rewarded, and if they do bad deeds, they will be punished. This belief can lead to harmful ideas, such as victim blaming and a lack of empathy for those who are suffering.

The reality is that karma does not guarantee justice. Good people can suffer and bad people can prosper. There are countless examples of innocent people who have experienced terrible tragedies and of villains who have lived long and prosperous lives.


The limitations of karma are also evident in our own lives. We have all experienced situations where we have worked hard and done everything right, only to have things go wrong. We have also experienced situations where we have made mistakes and acted selfishly, yet still managed to come out on top. Karma is not a simple system of cause and effect. It is a complex web of interconnected actions and consequences that is influenced by a multitude of factors, including luck, chance, and the actions of others.


A Nuanced Understanding of Karma


A more nuanced understanding of karma requires us to acknowledge its limitations and complexities. It requires us to recognize that our actions are not isolated events but are part of a larger system of interconnectedness. A nuanced understanding of karma also requires us to cultivate empathy and compassion. Instead of blaming others for their misfortunes, we should strive to understand the complex web of factors that contribute to their suffering. We should also recognize that our own actions can have unintended consequences and strive to act in ways that promote greater harmony and well-being.


Conclusion


In conclusion, karma is a complex and nuanced concept that is often misinterpreted. It is not a simple system of cause and effect, and it does not guarantee justice. A more nuanced understanding of karma requires us to cultivate empathy and compassion and to recognize the interconnectedness of all things.


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Rachael Burgess, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Rachael Burgess has been an inspiring entrepreneur for more than 20 years. At the age of 24, she has been serving more than 10,000 customers with her successful cake business, Rachael's DesignaCake. In Australia, she was a consistent small business champion state winner in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Rachael Burgess is not an ordinary entrepreneur. She struggled with dyslexia and became independent at the age of 18. She has faced grief, a 6-year divorce settlement, toxic family members, being a single mom of 4, and even more. But that doesn't stop her from pursuing her passion of helping others who may have gone through the same experiences or even worse. Now, she is a passionate Business and Spiritual coach.

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