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Karma Does it Exist?

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Posted on January 03 2022

Karma is a concept found in Indian faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism, but it is often employed in the West to suggest that good acts will be rewarded with good outcomes, while wicked deeds will be punished with unpleasant results. What happens is not the outcome of fate, destiny, or what is "intended to be," according to the concept of karma. Karma provides for free will: you make a decision and subsequently reap the benefits or drawbacks of that decision. Fate and destiny, on the other hand, do not allow free will. But, like fate, the concept of karma is unsupported by facts.

What does it take to prove that karma is real? We would have to look at a wide sample of human psychology to discover if there is a significant link between individuals doing good stuff and having great things happen to them later, and vice versa. The study would have to take into account circumstances where good and bad behaviors do not have equal effects.

Karma's validity is based on a few examples as well as the general attraction of the notion that people receive what they deserve. In the backdrop, there is a theological belief that divine activities maintain cosmic reciprocity, with a deity or gods ensuring that individuals get what they deserve. This notion is no more credible than the once-common belief that slaughtering animals may bring the gods' goodwill.

Reciprocity or behaving well toward others because they have behaved well toward you—is a fundamental aspect of human relationships, but it has no bearing on the cosmos. In terms of proof, the original Buddhist concept of karma centered on reincarnation is considerably more dubious.

Karma is indeed a cause-and-effect rule in Buddhism, and the things one chooses to do, say, or believe put karma in action. Karma determines a person's reincarnation location and kind, as well as their position in the future life. If a person's karma is good, they can reincarnate in one of the heavenly worlds; if their karma is poor, they will reincarnate as an animal or be tormented in a hell realm. Buddhists believe in karmic 'conditioning,' a process in which a person's personality is molded by their moral deeds, and that every action shapes your identity for the future.

Furthermore, in Jainism, karma is viewed as particles that pervade the cosmos. The fine particles attach to a soul, masking its true and flawless shape. Karma is a contaminant of the soul that sabotages it with diverse pigments and karmic matter, which is a material force that embodies the soul.

"Skillful intentions lean toward pleasant consequences, whereas unskillful intents tend toward unpleasant results," according to karma belief. This, however, differs from the current understanding of karma. These intents must be "free of desire, aversion, and illusion," according to Buddhist teaching. When it comes to karma, this appears to be the point where we become a bit disoriented. Even I have been guilty of making a decision that I feel would benefit me in the long term while blaming it on karma. Nonetheless, when founded in selflessness, karma is genuine because it forces a person to perform any action that promotes cause and effect.

This cycle has gone on for what appears like your whole life, with you wanting to think that others will be punished while hoping that you would be spared. Karma has compelled us to believe in a great cosmic functioning, and it may be the only reality we require. Simply explained, the way we think about karma isn't accurate. Karma, on the other hand, is a legitimately psychological and social reaction to events.

We all have our distinct strategies for being the greatest person we can be. And there is nothing problematic with karma as a source of motivation, and trusting in it may both assist and damage you if you create good karma and harm, you if you don't prevent negative karma. If you do well for the sake of doing good, realize that things won't always be flawless, and appreciate the small successes that make your life better every day, Karma will support you.

 

 

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