Essay on The Law of Karma
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The Law of Karma
Karma, also known as Karman is a basic concept common to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The doctrine of Karma states that one's state in this life is a result of actions both physical and mental in past carnations, and action in this life can determine one's destiny in future incarnations. Karma is a natural, impersonal law of moral cause and effect and has no connection with the idea of a supreme power that decrees punishment of forgiveness of sins. Karmic law is universally applicable, and only those who have attained liberation from rebirth, called mukti (or moksha) or nirvana, can be transcend it. (The Columbia Encyclopedia)
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In the Buddhist theory of Karma it has a specific meaning: it means only "volition action" not all action. Nor does it mean the result of Karma as many people wrongly and loosely use it. In Buddhist terminology Karma never means its effects; its effect is known as the "fruit" or the "result" of Karma. (Walpola Rahula , p30)
The doctrine of Karma and rebirth represents perhaps the most striking difference between Western (Judeo-Christian and Islamic) religious thought and the great Indian religious tradition (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain). To be sure, Western theology also makes use of a retributive explanation of evil in which an individual's suffering is accounted for by his previous wrongdoing. But given the obviously imperfect correlation between sin and suffering in an individual's lifetime, Western religions have resorted to other explanations of suffering (including, notoriously, that of Original Sin). However, Indian thought boldly combines this retributionism with the idea of multiple human incarnations, so that all suffering in this life can be explained by each individual's prior wrongdoing, whether in this or a future life. In this way, Indian thought is able to endorse a complete and consistent retributive explanation of evil: all suffering can be explained by the wrongdoing of the sufferer himself. (Kaufman,Whitley R.P p 18)
The world is filled with beliefs. It could be something that was passed down by family, such as religion, or simply a moral you came to live by. What I believe in, and what I live by is karma. I believe that if you do something bad, something bad will happen to you, if you do something good, you will receive something good in return. Some people believe in karma to be a supernatural being, kind of like a tooth fairy, but I see It as a simple moral to live by. Karma is not something I believe in, just because of stories told by friends and loved ones, but because of personal experiences.
One day on my way to the park something caught my eye. It was something; I myself once had and missed having. It was a bmx sports bike. I actually had mine for only a couple of days. Unfortunately someone decided to make it their own, I’m sure you know what that means. Let’s just say I didn’t give any permission to whoever took it to take it. The bike that caught my eye was in someone’s backyard parked right beside a shed. By the looks of it I could tell it was brand new. It had a shiny royal blue color and in my eyes, was super stylish at the time. It reminded me of the bike I once had.
Suddenly, an urge hit me; an urge to steal. I tried to ignore it, but at the same time reasons to take the bike kept popping into my head: “It happened to me, so I might as well get even”. Then it happened, the next thing you know I’m sitting on top of someone’s bike riding home as fast as I could. I rushed into my back yard, and immediately began ripping the stickers off and doing everything I could to make it look different so that the owner wouldn’t know it was his; assuming it was a guy. I even tried repainting the bike, but I was still too young to buy spray paint so I had to leave it the way it was.
The next day, my young, foolish self took the bike out for a ride. I made it to my friends house with no problem so I assumed that whoever I took the bike from just didn’t bother looking for it. The next thing you know, a guy in a pick-up truck pulls up beside me and says: “ hey that bike looks pretty familiar”, and with my face expression, he knew that I was definitely riding his bike. I didn’t give up without a fight though, so I argued with the guy for a little, trying to convince him it was mine. Of course, it didn’t work out, since he had the receipt and a bunch of other proof it was his, while on my side; I had nothing. Knowing that I was caught, I tried making myself look innocent and acted nice instead of being a punk. Kind of like that sour patch commercial where the candy is alive and does something sour then suddenly becomes sweet. I gave up the bike and the guy decided to let me go without problem. I was actually pretty happy and thought I got away with a clean slate, but little did I know he sent the police to my house to let my parents know what I did. That was what I feared the most; my parents finding out. The police showed up at my doorstep soon after I got home and told my parents what I did. I’m not going to get into details of what happened next for personal reasons. Let’s just say I don’t want to make my mom look bad. She was just performing her motherly duties sort of speak.
There was definitely a lesson that came along with this event. It might not exactly be what you thought it would be, but I learned that what goes around comes around. Someone stole my bike so I went along and stole one myself, and then I ended up getting caught and get in trouble. In other words, equal exchange. I did something bad, in exchange; I get in trouble and got punished. This event also relates to karma, similar to equal exchange. Although I should have learned from this experience, I did not. I kept doing what I did and got in more and more trouble. Eventually I matured up and got my act together. I set a goal for myself and decided to make school my first priority.
This event is the cause of why I believe in, what I believe in today. It is a perfect example of equal exchange or karma. Do bad, receive bad. It might not be the next day, but karma is definitely watching and you will definitely receive your punishment. It’s just a matter of time.
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