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Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).

That is the dictionary meaning. The song by Justin Bieber Timberlake - What goes around comes around, also explains it simply exquisitely. 

Even though I like the concept of Karma, I find the topic to be quite debatable. On one hand, your actions of today result in the consequences tomorrow. Good thought, well said. However, on the other hand, what about the student, who is pursuing his/her higher studies (after a lot of hard work to get till there), ending up getting shot by a maniac? What about the terrorist who takes several innocent lives, and later dies like any other normal law abiding citizen may? Now if you believe in the concept of rebirth, then maybe there can be some sense of judgement, except saying that the innocent person who died at the hands of a terrorist, died because of his actions in his previous life (and tell that to the grieving family to get shot at yourself!) Assuming that theology to be true, then as per the continuation of the same logic, the criminal who kills these people, is actually carrying out God's work (by punishing those who committed bad deeds in previous life.) Thus, this criminal in question would then not truly be the criminal! Inception?

Well, the above concept seems quite harsh (I'm sure to majority), and frankly incomprehensible. Thus, if the above is not true, then we are back to the same old question - what about the innocents and what about the terrorists? Saying that the terrorists died is no justice I believe, since everything living dies!! Hence, I believe karma is a noble concept, though having limited scope if you end up thinking about it rather deeply like me! If you enjoy such topics, debating on them can go on for hours in loops, without a clear conclusion, yet feeling enriched at the end. 

A recent post I read online which went like this - A man goes up to mother nature, and tells her that we all humans are extremely sorry for destroying her, and beg for her forgiveness. Further, we are sorry for being selfish, and never meant to kill nature. To this, mother nature replies that nature is adaptable, it has survived much worse catastrophes and will simple change to take new forms. It is you however who are changing the nature so much, that you (humans) would not be able to live in it. You are not killing nature, you are killing yourself. Do not assume that just because you won't be able to live in it, others won't too, and stop being so self centered. 

The post, much mellowed down here, shines light on such an important topic plaguing us today. It is our deeds today, for which we will face the consequences later on. Much worse, our kids will too for no fault of theirs! Brutal Karma? Let's do our bit, let us all, as an individual, be a better person everyday and make the world a better place to live in. We can, if we all try..

[The Song:]
What Goes Around...Comes Around

Fellow Earthling

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