Karma: in Indian religions is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh religions
Karma can be likened to a domino effect
Like countless others out there, I struggle with the concept of karma like anyone else. I do have a tendency to find reincarnation (and therefore karma) more plausible than the linear Abrahamic tradition
of life after death and explaining the reasons behind cause and effect in our own lives.
Who hasn’t, at times asked themselves:
What the hell did I do in a former lifetime to deserve THIS pile of dog doo-doo?
Why do real assholes seem to always get away with things scott-free yet good people get hurt?
Wall Street bankers should all be jailed.
Is “what comes around, goes around” true?
Does karma ever really catch up to people or is it something we say to ourselves to make us feel better after someone has done something bad to us?
By my simplistic reckoning, a person like Joseph Stalin
probably will have the next 20 million lifetimes as a cockroach. Someone like Paul Newman
is probably not coming back here at all and is happily making spaghetti sauce for inner city kids in some happy camp in the sky somewhere.
Probably the best-looking saint ever.
I have to wonder though when I see people leading rather charmed lives and then something happens, a scandal of some sort, usually motivated by their vices, like greed or lust or dishonesty, and their lives suddenly unravel in the public’s eye in the most dramatic of fashions. Moguls like Aristotle Onassis
, Conrad Black
or Robert Maxwell
come to mind.
Conrad Black and his gold-digger wife Barbara Amiel
Random twists of fate have a strange quality about them when they play out in our own lives. The decision-making points are usually marked by an almost eerily surreal suspension of time, almost as if we are peering into eternity and *something* is asking us point-blank a question we can’t ignore or deflect. It hits us right in the soul.
What determines the fate of one stronger person being carried away by a tsunami while the weaker person managed to cling to a tree? What made George Lucas
seat belt unbuckle and when the car crashed, he was flung from the wreckage untouched while a buckled seat belt would have certainly killed him? What prevented cartoonist Seth MacFarlane
from getting on a flight from Boston to New York on 9/11, on the same airplane which crashed into one of the Twin Towers?
People might say that Karma is really about justice, the balancing of the cosmic scales à la Libra to bring equilibrium back.
Libra – by Josephine Wall
I can’t argue that since the infinity of creation is far beyond my limited faculties. On a purely intuitive level, what it does feel like is that all things, all forces want to return back or are striving to return to their natural, original and pure state.
A dammed river wishes to flow freely again.
A concrete city wishes to grow wild again and be a home to all life forms and weeds appear in cracks.
Perhaps real evolution is more about remembering that original state and going back towards it instead of running further and further away from it?
Perhaps Karma is nothing more than a guide to nudge us back to that deeper reality?
I’ve given all I can
It’s not enough
I’ve given all I can
But we’re still on the payroll …
This is what you get when you mess with us ….
And for a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself
I don’t think it’s about loss at all, it’s about re-membering.
And that’s a gain, I think.