“You harm yourself, as dust thrown against the wind comes back to the thrower.”
Does Buddhism Believe In Karma
Karma is a term that dates back thousands of years. For a long time, I didn’t believe in karma. I said good things don’t always happen to good people and bad things don’t always happen to bad people. The world is just not that simple. Then I started to realize that I was half right. The karma that I thought karma was – didn’t exist. But that’s not what karma is.
What Is Karma
So what is karma really?
Say you’re walking down the road you got your wallet in your hand. All of a sudden this guy runs up to you grabs your wallet and runs off! You start chasing him but unfortunately earlier you chose to eat the week old cheese pizza instead of the fresh salad and your stomach is punishing you dearly for that. Luckily for you the thief trips over a rock and busts his mouth open right in front of a cop! You run up to him, grab your wallet and go “Karmas a bitch isn’t it?”
If I was that robber I would tell you (before being dragged off to court) that, that is not the true definition of karma!
Karma has nothing to do with the universe magically punishing bad people for you. Or magically awarding good deeds. There is no God-like Santa clause that holds up a naughty list who goes “Oh man Johnny you killed that women? You’re a baaadd boy! You are going to have a broken microwave tonight!”
Okay, so what is karma? Karma is similar to Newton’s Law of Motion. Every effect has an equal and opposite reaction. It’s basically cause and effect. Everything you cause has an effect. So if you cause good things, good effects will happen. If you cause bad things, bad effects will happen. Simple.
Not So Simple
Hey man, I can’t just give you a 300-word article and just leave. Nothing is ever so simple.
All jokes aside though I want to dive into the fact that I just seemingly contradicted myself.
I said karma is NOT “Bad things happen to bad people”
Then I said karma is “Bad things cause bad effects onto people”
Isn’t that basically the same thing? The keyword there is cause. Things do not just ‘happen’ to you. As I said before there is no Santa Clause. This is the interesting part. Even if that guy didn’t trip and he did get away with your wallet and never got caught something bad still happened to him. Now we’re getting really deep here and this is what the Buddha says.
The Buddha says that as soon as you take that bad action you already suffer the negative effects of it because it damages your psyche. Good and bad are perspectives but as humans let’s say something ‘bad’ is any overly selfish act. Like stealing. This damages you because as humans it is actually against our psyche to be selfish. It is more beneficial to help others because we needed to be in a group to fight off tigers and stuff. So if you go against this natural instinct or even your own values you are actually damaging yourself. And this is what the Buddha says.
So even your little white lies that are never caught. Even if you cheat and you’re never caught karma will get you.
Let’s Dive Even Deeper
What caused the robber to rob? What causes evil? It’s karma. You
tell a white lie, nothing happens to you. You think you got away with it. You tell a bigger lie. You get away with it. Maybe you’re poor. You lie to get money. Then you start stealing. Maybe you start small maybe you steal small things. But it gets bigger and bigger because you become deader and deader inside.
How dead are you inside? How much have you lied and gotten away with it? Be more aware of your actions. Getting caught is NOT the worst thing that can happen. This is an unconscious mindset. Doing the bad, selfish deed is. Have you ever cheated on your spouse and gotten away with it? Or done something so terrible the guilt just eats you up? It’s the emotional pain that we often forget. We worry so much about ‘getting caught’ in our lie we don’t realize the emotional pain. And this negative – emotional pain that spawned from selfishness will create more selfish acts.
Even our selfish thoughts cause karma. Have you ever been jealous of somebody and that jealousy just eats you up? You can’t focus. You didn’t DO anything. It’s that negative thought pattern that causes more negativity. Karma. Be more conscious of your actions. Be more cautious of your thought because karma will get you.
And that is why karma is a bitch.
Have a great day!
Has karma ever gotten you? How have you looked at karma before reading this? Let me know in the comments below!