You, my readers, are not stupid. You’re well-read, well-educated people who know things. So I’m going to try not to insult anyone’s intelligence here. But before I get started, I do have to make a statement for that rare person who stumbles onto this blog and maybe isn’t quite as hip as the rest of you. So please, bear with me…I dunno. Pretend it’s a commercial or something.
Karmais a Hindu concept. It only belongs within the philosophies and theologies of that religion. When you remove it from Hinduism, it really doesn’t work. Because there’s so much more to the evolution of the soul than what we think of as “Karma.” It’s displaced, disjointed, and dismembered when we take it out of context. Yes, I do venerate a couple of Hindu gods…but I am not a Hindu. If you’d like to know more about this, feel free to surf around the web and Wikipedia. Go ahead. You can come back when you’re done. While you’re at it, be sure to look up Dharma. Trust me, you’ll feel better if you do.
Done? Great. Moving along…
The second point I’d like to make (again, regular readers feel free to skip this part. Unless you want to leave rousing comments of “hear, hear” and “huzzah” in the comments. Which is fine. I like that part, actually.) Is that KARMA IS NOT A GOD. It is a concept. It will not handle things itself. That would be theoretically impossible, and incredibly silly. Ireally hate it when people say “Karma will take care of (whatever, whoever).” Except maybe in silly jokes because, well, silly jokes are silly.
Being that Karma isn’t an entity itself, just how is it supposed to “take care of it?” <–Color me confused.
It’s usually phrased that if you do something incorrect, wrong, or downright mean in this life, you will automatically be punished for it in the next. However, there are always mitigating situations. After all, there are people who kill in self-defense. Will they be punished? I would think that any “Karmic” concept would factor in things like intent, self-defense, desperation, necessity, survival, etc. Also, what is evil to one person is often good to another, and vice-versa. The definitions of what is harmful changes from culture to culture, from society to society. How is that supposed to be judged? And by whom? (Some of you are polytheists with Divinities handling this aspect…these comments, naturally, do not apply to your belief system…;-) )
Wouldn’t any concept ”Karma” have to take into account already conducted past-lives? After all, the situations we find ourselves in are supposed to be results of the life prior. Why then should we pay in the next life when we can simply blame the last one?
Yeah, doesn’t work for me. Sorry.
Let’s say there’s a person messing with me; mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or magically, it doesn’t matter. It’s quite possible this person was as nasty in the last life as they are in this one. The “lesson” there? I have to take control. I have to stop this. If I do not, they will continue to be a problem in the next one. No, you can’t leave it to the mysterious and all-powerful “Karma” to take care of it. Take responsibility, pull on the big girl/boy pants, and take care of yourself and/or loved ones. I am the arm/leg/hand/foot of Karma. No one’s going to handle this if I don’t. If this person is still annoying me in the next life, it’s all my own fault, not “Karma’s.” Karma doesn’t live here.
Once it’s handled, I can go on to the next life with a clean conscience. Or reasonably so, at least.
Of course, it’s possible I’m having trouble with so-and-so in this life because I was the nasty person in the last life. I don’t like to think it’s possible, but…it could have been. I usually like to play it safe before actually taking action. A little divination will usually reveal if there are any “old” issues not smoothed out from one life to the next. I am a big believer in check first, then smack.
And if it does turn out that there’s something I need to atone for, I truly believe there are ways of atoning for it so that it doesn’t haunt me into the next. It may be as simple as forgiving the offender. It may be as complicated as offerings or prayers to certain spirits or gods, or even to the soul of the person I am having problems with. It hasn’t come to this for me yet, but I believe that there may even be “salvation” in volunteer work, etc.
The point is…I clear it up now. I deal with it here. I don’t wait for the mysterious, elusive “Karma” to take care of it for me. That’s procrastinating, evading, ducking, and forcing my next life to take care of my crap. And that’s not cool.
Of course, right now this all seems clear as crystal. But then I get to thinking about the non-linear nature of time, and that the soul is naturally non-linear although our human perceptions are very linear. Therefore all past-lives exist simultaneously but not, and our souls are actually conducting all these lives simultaneously…so how exactly is this concept of punitive karma supposed to work then, when the outcomes of the next life and all the choices you are about to make are alreadyknown by your soul? Couldn’t we theoretically then be punished or rewarded for the next life in this one?
Okay. Ouch. This is what watching too much Doctor Who can do to your brain and your theological theories. I need to go empty my brain now.