Hello, mates! Tonight I feel like writing about something seriouse. I`m thinking maybe about Karma and whether it exists or not? The idea to write about it basically came out of the blue. Let`s see, what comes out of this.
So karma. I guess we all have some kind of a basic understanding of what karma is. We think it`s this magical force that makes sure that bad things happen to those who have done bad to others. And we are not all sure of it`s existence. Right? Well I did some research.
First of all, the word karma is in Sanskrit and it means "action" or "deed". A concept of karma is believed to originate in the shramana tradition of which Buddhism and Jainism are continuations. It`s a believing that our actions in this life decides how we born in next. And by how I of course don`t mean whether dad gets mom to the hospital in time or will they decide to do a waterbirth. It decides whether we are born in better or worse circumstances compared to our previouse life. It seems like it could mean everything from health to whether our parents are living in a suburbian idyll or in a poor and starving village somewhere in Africa.
Secondly, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philospohies have treated the original shramana idea of karma and the meaning of karma differs slightly in different religions. I`m not going to write about them all, but it`s more than sure that the explanation for karma I gave in the first passage of this post, is only partially true. It`s the popular misconception.
Although, the word karma means "action", surprisingly in many religions the world around karma relies on the art of inaction, rather than the art of action. They think (I agree with them on this one) that an action cannot be good or bad and it`s the intention of the doer that can be either good or bad. Depending on the intention the nature of the consequences varies.
Thirdly, believing in existence of karma or not, is everyone`s individual choice. We can`t really prove it`s existence or non-existence.
I`m not saying I believe in karma, I don`t even certainly believe in reincarnation, but I do think that the world would be a better place if we all would believe in karma.