Friday, January 06, 2006

Karma comeback...

According to Wikipedia.com, Karma literally means "deed" or "act" and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction which governs all life. Karma is not fate, for people act with free will creating their own destinies. According to the Vedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma is not punishment or retribution, but simply an extended expression of natural acts. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fateful. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other births. In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one's present life and all past and future lives as well. Interestingly, the “Law of Karma” is sometimes (thought rarely) taught in Christianity as the Law being mentioned by Paul of Tarsus in the First Epistle to the Corinthians (15:55-56).

Example: You like to watch America’s Funniest Home Videos. You like to laugh at people when they get hurt or when they get one of those fake lotto tickets that makes them think they’ve won $10,000. Then, let’s say that, for Christmas, somebody gives you a scratch-off lotto ticket. Say it’s one of those $5 tickets…and you and your…um…“friend” both get one. Let’s say that you and your friend scratch them only to find that you are the proud holders of lottery winning totaling, say, $85. Now pretend that you spend almost two weeks thinking about what you’re going to do with your half of the money, which you consider “mad money” since it was a gift. You fantasize about all the things you can buy or do with your half and it makes you giddy just to think about it. Then imagine you go to the store to cash them in only to find out that you hadn’t read them right…and that instead of winning $85 you have actually won $5. You might think that karma had just sunk its teeth right into your rear end. Hypothetically speaking, of course…

2 comments:

No Surgical Incision for Me! said...

Funny you should mention that - I once read about this guy that totally made me believe in Karma. The story goes like this: This guy (whom we will refer to as "surgical incision" loved to be mean to women - it was his favorite game. He also liked to be a "player" and then one day he got a surgical incision and it messed with his "lance" and then he coudn't be a player ever again for the rest of his life. Also, his teeth fell out.

That, my dear, is Karma with a capitol "K"

Andrew Andrew said...

Have you been watching "My Name is Earl"?