Karma literally means action. It may appear that Karma is happening to us, as if some outside force is causing good things or bad things to come to us, but it is really our own inner conditionings and processes that are leading us to experience outer effects or consequences in relation to our own actions.
Karma is the law of moral causation. Simply put, in this world nothing happens to a person that he does not for some reason or other deserve. The definitive invisible cause or causes of the visible effect is not necessarily confined to the present life. They may be traced to a proximate or remote past birth.
Our experiences –good or not so good –are the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven; we create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate. The Buddha put it this way: All living beings have actions (karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.
Certainly we are born with hereditary characteristics. At the same time we possess certain innate abilities that science cannot adequately account for. It is these accumulated karmic tendencies, inherited in the course of previous lives that at times play a far greater role than the hereditary parental cells and genes in the formation of both physical and mental characteristics.
Any kind of intentional action whether mental, verbal or physical is regarded as Karma. The key concept is “intentional.” It covers all that is included in the phrase “thought, word and deed.” All good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense, Karma means all moral and immoral decisions. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.
Karma does not necessarily mean past actions. It embraces both past and present deeds. In one sense, we are the result of what we were; we will be the result of what we are. In another sense, we are not totally the result of what we were; we will not absolutely be the result of what we are. The present is no doubt the offspring of the past and is the present of the future, but the present is not always a true index of either the past or the future. Karma is that complex –the law of cause and effect in the ethical realm. Karma is action; and the fruit or result is its reaction. Every volitional activity is inevitably accompanied by its due effect. However, there are mitigating circumstances which might happen at the same time as the action. As Karma may be good or bad, so may the result be good or bad. Karma is mental; the result thereof is also of the mind. It is experienced as happiness, bliss, unhappiness or misery, according to the nature of the action. And, there are concomitant advantages to the result: material things such as prosperity, health and longevity. The opposite effects associated with negative Karma appear as poverty, ugliness, disease or short life span.
Happiness and misery are the inevitable effects of cause. They are not rewards and punishments assigned by a supernatural, omniscient ruling power to a soul that has done good or evil. Theists who attempt to explain everything in this temporal life and in the eternal future life, believe in a postmortem justice and regard present happiness and misery as blessings and curses conferred by an omniscient and omnipotent Divine ruler. This is not Karma. Karma is natural law and justice. According to this natural law, acts bear their own rewards and punishments to the individual doer whether human justice finds out or not.
While we are born to a state created by ourselves, by our own self-directed efforts, there is every possibility for us to create new, favorable environments even here and now. Not only individually, but also collectively, we are at liberty to create fresh Karma that leads either towards our progress or downfall in this very life. That is, Karma is neither fate, nor predestination imposed upon us by some mysterious unknown power to which we must helplessly submit ourselves. It is one’s own doing reacting on oneself; therefore, one has the possibility to divert the course of one’s Karma to some extent. How far one diverts it depends on oneself.
Karma is a law in itself that operates in its own field without the intervention of any external, independent ruling agency. The Buddha sums it up in simple allegorical terms: “As we sow, we reap somewhere and sometime, in this life or in a future birth. What we reap today is what we have sown either in the present or in the past.” Take note of the “we” in bold. We are in control of Karma.
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Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111