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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: Karma is not a belief. It is a fact, a naturally occurring metaphysical law. It is the balance of life and the universe. Your perception of karma might be subtle, but it is very obvious once you catch on to it. Whatever actions you put into the universe, whether good or bad returns to you before you know it because you took some of your life energy to perform that action, and that energy must be restored.

    If you give somebody money today, it doesn't mean you'll get money back, it could come back in the form of a random phone call from a friend when you're down. The timing of that random phone call will be so perfect and random. It's so obvious in our lives that we choose to ignore it, and attribute everything to chance/luck. The moment you become more aware of how karma is present in your life, is the moment you wake up from the false reality that most of the world lives in.

    A hurtful word towards someone might come back as you bumping your knee on something. Your life changes when you fit karma into your belief system.

    Food for thought.
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      Jul 29 2013: "Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man." --the Dude, from 'The Big Lebowski'

      I appreciate the food for thought, Jean, but your opening paragraph felt a little like it was being shoved down my throat. In a conversation on karma of all places, I don't want to generate negative energies, but I feel that karma is a belief, a good 'general theme' as Mohanapriya put it. I'm not saying it's a fact that karma is a belief, that's just my feeling. So maybe we can agree you believe that karma is a fact. Even that you feel it's a fact that it's a fact. But to outright say, "It's a fact!" suddenly says, "You have to believe in it or your wrong." And I don't think its helpful to say everyone who disagrees is wrong.

      I also don't think it's helpful to say "Your perception..." and then use "you, you, you" throughout the comment cause I get this sour vibe, like you're telling me what my own perspectives are and what my actions and reactions are or are going to be, when you don't know me, man. I might become more aware of how karma is present in my life and study it closer and decide something the complete opposite of what you assumed I would conclude about it.

      I sense that your belief system is working for you now that you've fit karma into it and I like that, that's good. I think it would be interesting to hear more from you about this metaphysical side to it. That's totally different than religion or non-religion. I feel karma has some similarities between the balance of life and the universe, but I haven't come to see it as a naturally occurring metaphysical law, at least not yet. Although a law that occurs naturally, i.e. from nature, but is also meta-physical, i.e. from beyond the physical is a little hard for me to get my head around.
      • Jul 29 2013: Karma is not just a belief*

        I was making a statement, and expressing my point of view on the matter. I have a strong personality so my words usually ring like iron even when I write. You're free to believe what you want to believe my friend, your mind is yours.

        Concerning your second paragraph, it was a hypothetical situation, obviously I don't know you. I don't know why you're getting defensive, I'm not saying that that's what you would do, I'm hypothesizing. See how my hypothesis can fit within your life, and you yourself can figure out if karma is real or not.

        Nothing exists really until it becomes part of your reality.
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          Jul 29 2013: I was trying to be mellow. My words must have a little too much iron in them, too. I like the last line: "Nothing exists really until it becomes part of your reality." It's kind of like how the cat is both alive and dead until you open the box.

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