Karma (/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, translit. karma, IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) 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). Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering. (source: Wikipedia)
Well, I’ve been recently talking with my friends about Karma and apparently is quite a controversial topic and everyone has a slightly different opinion on it. Which is great, I love talking to people with different points of view because it’s the best possibility to broaden our horizons, get other people’s perspective and learn how to make logical reasons.
From my personal view, the idea of Karma is definitely an incredibly interesting topic. What is even more fascinating is the fact that, if you pay enough attention to some current events you will easily notice when it happens. The entire Universe operates on universal laws and one of them is the principle of vibrational energy. It was Albert Einstein himself, that developed and pioneered a completely new perspective on how science and metaphysics merge to create a complete picture of the Universe of which we are apart. His famous quote:
Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.
What, if I understood correctly the words of my high-school science teacher, means that under certain circumstances matter and energy are interchangeable, the matter can become energy and energy can become matter. Please, correct me if I am wrong. I am not a scientist, at least not in the usual sense or currently accepted scientific community standards…
Anyway, returning to our topic, it is scientifically proven, that energy cannot be created nor destroyed; can “only” transform. This transformation results in a continuous flow of energy in the earth system. So, what does that exactly mean to us? That the perfect balance and harmony of nature is a fact. Divine equilibrium of the Universe is perfectly preserved. Of course, if there is sacrum there must be also profanum. It’s an obvious reflection of a duality of the universe and of human nature. To be able to recognize, understand and experience this divine equilibrium of the Universe you have to be mindful, connect with your intuition and higher self. It’s the only way to be able to learn through our experiences. Wisdom becomes infinite if you decide to learn your lessons. How is Karma related to wisdom? Well, Karma is closely related to the law of cause and effect – it’s a fundamental law of the universe. And noticing how it operates in the natural world requires wisdom. And wisdom is knowing the difference between what you can change and what you can’t. We are supposed to accept the things we cannot change. I would say follow your path and leave the rest especially revenge to Karma.
However, the question is: Is karma really a bi*ch? Or maybe it’s just the Universe that finds a way to even the score for us? Well, if that’s true I would be alright with it. Totally. I am not going to lie, it gives me an immense sense of satisfaction when justice is being served. Since evil people have to pay for their sins. And eventually, they will. Because no one escapes from justice. No one. Even though it feels like it sometimes, there is always a price to pay for every action a human being takes. So, pay attention or your actions because Karma is real. Are you impatiently holding a list of people Karma missed? Don’t worry. Karma finds its way to get even for you. And what is the best part? Eventually, justice will be served with your hands and conscience clean. So, don’t waste your mental energy on those who don’t deserve it.
Still, don’t believe me? Well, for some reason there are many different sayings and proverbs out there that confirms this. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a big fan of proverbs but some of them under certain circumstances and conditions are easily translated into real and tangible actions, which I find kinda fascinating when you witness it. Being completely honest with you, my favorites proverb are:
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”
“For every decision, there’s a consequence.”
“The consequences of one’s actions will have to be dealt with eventually.”
And definitely my favorite one:
“What goes around comes around”
Do you see a connection here? Yes, you are right. It’s the law of Karma, one of the most powerful laws running the Universe. More importantly, even if this is an unwritten law it’s a binding one. Know what the best part about it is? The fact that there is no need to take revenge on a person who hurt you. Instead of planning how to settle the score you should really take care of yourself, show yourself compassion and self-love, learn how to release the anger and guilt in a healthy, therapeutic way. And wait… with your hands clean…
They say that revenge is better served cold but I believe that the best revenge is to live a happy and fulfilling life. Sounds pathetic? Maybe at first when your emotions are heightened and every single action you want to take is simply prohibited under international law. I know this feeling really well. I’ve been there many times. But, somehow I managed to control all the emotions inside me and you know what? I am fu**ing proud of myself. Because at the end of the day if I take revenge on some shtty person I will become as a shtty and disgusting human being as he/she is. Sometimes that sounds like fun, but don’t stoop to their level because it’s just not worth it. And if you are a good, empathetic person which I assume you are because you are reading about Karma instead of searching online for some kind of handbook of perfect revenge (tips for every occasion). That sound pathetic and miserable.
Of course, don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean that somebody should take the abuse and pretend nothing really happened. Never, under no circumstances, think about doing this. In fact, it’s just the opposite. If something bad happens to you, please stand up for yourself, never accept injustice, maltreatment, abuse and any kind of violence. If you need it, ask for help and support others. If it’s the case report it to the police. Whatever bad happens to you don’t think it’s your fault and you deserved it. Because it’s not true. And it never is and never will be.
For many of us (me included) believing that the only solution to injustice is to mindlessly accept it, is part of our education or indoctrination as I call it. Why is that? I swear I really don’t know. Knowing that life is unfair is one thing but accepting this mindlessly is just wrong. And, I’m so sorry but I have to be honest with you. When I hear this kind of rhetoric (and I’ve heard many times in my childhood) there is only one thing that comes to my mind; What a bunch of crp! Seriously, what kind of bullsht is that! Come on! Why the hell anyone, ANYONE experiencing or even witnessing injustice in any form should just stare and do literally nothing? It’s just beyond my reasoning. Look, whoever’s been responsible for unfair or even tragic situation you find yourself in please don’t give up, don’t accept the unacceptable as some kind of fate or punishment for things you haven’t done. No one deserves to be treated unfair, rude or even in an abusive way, under no circumstances. We cannot accept things that are unacceptable in every way. I don’t believe in no-win scenarios. As long as we live (forgive me if I am too catastrophic in my thinking.) we have to fight for ourselves, for our happiness, our future and above all for our peace of mind. We owe it to ourselves. We are all here for a reason. Everyone is put on earth on a purpose. Even if this purpose is to show a true face of evil. Yes, I know how it sounds. But we all know that we can only distinguish between good and evil if we’ve seen or experienced both.
Unfortunately, many of us till some point tend to live under this hopeless assumption that life is unfair and all we have to do is to mindlessly accept this. Why we accept this? Because we are as children thought that it’s just how the world works. Furthermore, in many cases is the society that reinforces this false and harmful belief or even worse in many cases those who tell us this bunch of lies is caregivers, partners, false friends or any other person somebody is in some kind of an abusive relationship with. I myself have heard many times since my early childhood that life is unfair and the only solution is to deal with it without even trying to change this. Somebody calls it education I call it indoctrination, really disgusting one. Basically, you are thought not to fight against injustice, abuse or any type of violent behaviors. Maybe I am a little bit too harsh, but AGAIN correct me if I am wrong, how can anyone tell you that you have to accept injustice, abuse or insults because they just happen sometimes?! Honestly, I think that it defies any logical explanation. This way of thinking goes against the fundamental rules of life.
And what’s with this ridiculous belief that there is no bigger punishment than repentance? Come on! It’s not even partially true. Furthermore, it’s kinda embarrassing. Evil needs to be punished, and evil people need to be penalized. It’s the foundation for our social life and for our culture, and it really matters to the way that we live. It’s the primary rule of the civilized society we all want to live. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Sometimes we witness some strange course of events where evil is not being punished immediately or even worse when the victim is being punished more severely than a perpetrator (in every sense of the word). There is nothing more frustrating and depressing than that. However, I’ve seen many cases like this, when you literally lose your faith in humanity and any kind of justice. And then suddenly (sometimes after many, many years) I’ve seen that some kind of justice was finally served. A moment like this I can only describe as an incredibly intense, cathartic almost spiritual experience. Some things are really worth waiting for. Believe me.
Anyway, I hope this post makes some sense because I am in a really strange mood today, a spiritual one. Probably because I am thinking about a person who really hurt me many years ago and what I am witnessing now is almost certainly the way the law of Karma operates… the Universe finally found the way to even the score for me… When it happened I couldn’t do anything because I was a child, then I decided to move on, live my life and find my peace… and am I still searching my peace but I know that I am closer than ever…