Is Karma the “real” police?

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 traditionof life after death and explaining the reasons behind cause and effect in our own lives.

Who hasn’t, at times asked themselves:
Why me?
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

Then you have stories like the guy who got unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend suddenly winning the lottery jackpot a few hours later or that  Scottish family, the Clarks, who saved up their whole lives to visit America, only to miss the trip because the youngest son fell ill and watched the Titanic sail without them.
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.
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9 thoughts on “Is Karma the “real” police?

  1. kezalu

    You’re making an assumption that wealthy people are happy and fortunate. I think they are the ones suffering the most from Karma. Once you’re in the public eye you can never get out of it. You get hounded and followed and scrutinised. The easy life becomes the boring life. The spouse who married you for your money is probably having an affair with someone better looking, and your kids are at risk of growing up to be spoiled and selfish. At some point your empire collapses – and in the meantime you have to keep watch of those out to dethrone you.


    • I think fame and wealth by themselves are neutral forces, it’s what sort of energy you animate it with which counts. I look at Madonna and I see a sad, ugly woman who has reporters routinely snoop through her trash. But then I look at someone like Cate Blancett who is a class act through and through and doesn’t play the celebrity game at all. Instead in her down time, she’s completely devoted to the theatre and stays with her family and writer-husband.

    • M

      =)) So True.

  2. Valeria

    I know exactly what you mean.
    But people who do bad things, it catches up to them eventually, maybe not obviously at first, but there’s always a psychic or spiritual price to pay somewhere along the line. It shows up in the vibe they give off.
    They also forget that cancelling bad karma is a 2-step process. There’s the apologizing and forgiveness part, but there’s also the part about making amends. Most people can’t get past admitting they did something wrong in the first place and so the loop continues.

  3. I have been getting a wave of information about things similar to this. I can’t see Karma as a real process in the unfolding of Life, your example of Stalin facing the prospect of untold lifetimes as a cockroach is an interesting thought but I think that’s all it is. If you think about the vast number of people that have found themselves born into privileged lives where they could have made a difference in the world but then abused it – how does Karma explain how they came to find themselves in such a privileged position, was it a reward for living previous lives as Saints, if so, why then the sudden turn around to go bad, especially if Karma is about continuous spiritual growth?

    The view that I seem to be guided towards is about the illusion of separateness or individuality at a fundamental level. Reincarnation posits that individual souls are continuously reborn but then this requires a kind of afterlife where souls retain their individual sense of being so that good and bad deeds can be carried over when they return to the material world, where they will forget who they were and then try again. For me it’s another distorted idea of Mind, like love. The Mind is the reflection of something real and a reflection is always reversed or opposite (Wave in the mirror with your left hand and your reflection waves back with it’s right hand). If Love, therefore, was to look in a mirror, it’s reversed reflection becomes a distortion of love… it embodies hate. This realness that has been labelled God and other such things is the Organic Light. It is the gateway running through the Heart vortex of you, me and everyone else. On the other side of the mirror plane is the source, the totality of everything, the one soul.

    • Autogene, I think free-will has a huge part to play as well. We all have the ability to make choices at any given time. We also have to look at the emotional and psychic environment we’re born into. True, a person can be born into wealth (implying a “good” former life and karma) but what happens if both parents are drug addicts, and neglectful and unloving and selfish? I personally would rather be born into a poorer family but one which is loving and emotionally warm and present. Then I need to decide on what I want to do with what I time have.

      Any discussion of karma, cause and effect always becomes esoteric and who knows how the laws of physics really apply in the subtler realms, I don’t think there is a one size fits all answer. Maybe for some people karma is very simplistic, maybe in others it’s so complicated and involves a myriad of influences that to hazard a guess becomes an exercise in conjecture.But you’re right, separeness is the ultimate illusion, the whole point it to return to the center of the circle eventually.

  4. “Perhaps real evolution is more about remembering that original state and going back towards it instead of running further and further away from it?”

    This line especially hit home for me and got me thinking more about your post. The concept of karma leaves me completely confused to be honest and I struggle with it especially after hearing/learning about some of the rather dishonorable and/or questionable and/or gruesome things people do to one another…on a daily basis in rather nondescript parts of the world. The whole karma argument is a slippery slope to me because there’s very little in our control at the end of the day and we all (whether we want to admit it or not…even Paul Newman I’m sure 😉 ) have the propensity within us to bad/wicked and – in some ways – that shadow side has to find a way to surface in order to achieve balance. Our challenge is to nourish the loving/good parts of our souls, find the balance when we need and tap into the “true self” that lies within us. All the while we do our best to avoid succumbing to those bad impulses, desires and actions. Sometimes we and win sometimes we lose. How does karma work in that respect?

    (Great post regardless. Enjoyed it!)

    • FTI, like I posted above, I think karma and free-will are two dials on the same radio.
      It would be nice to say that everytime does something bad to me, that I have no rageasaurus lurking anywhere and that I can just blow love and light and keep my karma light and avoid my inner-bitch but for all our talk about forgiveness, healing and so forth, our thoughts, feelings and emotions are probably the hardest things to control of all. Maybe Jung was right all along, that we are more motivated by these darker, less-understood forces afterall?

      And I’m pretty sure Paul Newman had the same dilemmas and struggles as well :-D!

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