A few thoughts on Karma

In the west it is common to talk casually about Karma and increasingly we also talk about instant karma.  Karma is often used whenever there has been a challenging situation e.g. a terrible incident or an accident.  In the east it often used in an envious or fatalistic way.  If an event occurred in a person’s life which was considered lucky it was said to be the result of his karma and if there was tragedy it’s said the person cannot escape Karma.

 But is karma this simple?  

Both are referring to a person’s actions that result in good or bad consequences in their lives.

In the west the implication is that its actions that you are currently taking which result in good or bad and so you can affect the outcome by changing your behaviour.  While in the east it is normally a reference to past life actions that we are feeling the consequences of now and so unable to change.

As a consequence people in the east are striving to lead good lives to ensure good karma in their next lives While in the west we strive to alter our behaviours which will lead to changes in our present circumstances – there are many examples of spiritual counselling being offered to help you learn meaning of your karma and your lessons to take the power back into your current life.

Karma is an eastern tradition and is very complex.  Not only are there 3 types of Karma there are also 3 states of karma.

The 3 types of Karma are:

  • Karma that accumulates from life to life and you are constantly adding  to is known as the whole memory
  • Some Karma is said to have ripened and you meet in this life time in the form of events and is therefore of a fixed nature. This is know as the karma that comes forward
  • In this life time you are creating new karma which you will enjoy in the future and is known as that which develops.

According to the accumulation of these laws of karma your will be reincarnated into the appropriate life.

But there are also 3 states of Karma. 

The first type is Fixed which means you cannot change it and is often referred to people who come into this life fated to do certain deeds and Hitler is often given as an example of this type of Karma and of course a warning!

The second type is Unfixed Karma  which most people have and so you can change a lot of your Karma accordingly to your deeds and this is the one that we refer to mostly in the west.

The third type is a mixture of the 2 and is what is referred to in the east.  This is the most challenging because you can only mitigate your karma.  So if you were fated to have an accident then by performing positive actions this will be mitigated  so that the accident will be transmuted from a serious one to a minor incident. fffff

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