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Mohanapriya Rajasekaran

Human Resource Management - Student, School of Management, University of Southampton, UK

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Do you believe in Karma? If so, have you truly experienced it?

The term 'Karma' is a one of the many concepts of Indian Religions, nevertheless it has been acknowledged across the world by many, not as a concept of religion, but as a general theme that teaches the power of good 'action' or 'deed'. It can be demonstrated by the phrase 'What goes around comes around'.

I was thought by my parents that if you do good, it will always return to you one day. But seeing the current scenario where people fight over each other for a place, fame, position etc and when you see children and women in some part of the world suffer for no bad they have done, its hard to believe Karma exists. I feel the whole concept of karma has faded in todays competitive world and would like to see a different take on it. It always good to know that 'Karma' exists!!


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    Jul 29 2013: I don't think 'Karma' (do I always have to capitalize the 'k'?) is a force of nature like gravity, but I do agree that it is a good general theme and that theme exerts a force in its own way. I'm more comfortable living with the notion that I will reap what I sow though I know that is not always the case and I'm learning to be at peace with that as well. My preference is for the karmic. It feels more optimistic, from the perspective of my own daily life, when I try to do good although I don't always succeed.

    I don't know that karma has faded in todays competitive world, because I look around and see a growing sense of entitlement, where people seem to think that business is fair and involves no risk and that if they put in X amount of time and energy they are going to get Y back, which in that context of thinking sounds very karma-esque.

    I feel it is unfortunate that it is referred to as a form of 'cosmic revenge' like 'they got what they had coming,' because it would be better in the mind of the person thinking this to worry about their own karma instead. It does a person no good to find satisfaction in believing another is being punished or will be punished, especially not when they could be seeking to have compassion for the other person, providing forgiveness even at a distance.

    And you're right, it IS always good to know that karma exists. It made me feel a little better when I realized there are principles similar to karma in many other religions, not just Indian religions. There are similar principles everywhere I look. Maybe it is a universal law, afterall.

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